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Robust Bearings and Gears

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-M-5015
Agency Tracking Number: F041-142-1172
Amount: $99,850.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-142
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-03-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2004-12-12
Small Business Information
6575 Butler Creek Road, Missoula, MT, 59808
DUNS: 114926376
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Vladimir Gorokhovsky
 Director of R&D
 (406) 522-7620
Business Contact
 Jeff Wisehart
Title: Director of Special Operations
Phone: (406) 549-7451
Research Institution
Critical gears and engine bearings in our newest vertical thrust aircraft must operate with absolute reliability under high loads, high heat, corrosive salt air and intervals without any lubricant whatever. Current materials and coatings that meet some of these conditions fail when subjected to the others. Now a breakthrough in surface engineering technology can precisely control deposition of coatings at the level of vaporized atoms. It can deposit an atomically bonded, multiple layered, integrated coating combining different metal and ceramic materials, each with a different desired property. Engine parts with the multiplex coating that will be perfected and rigorously tested in this program will be durable and reliable under all of their extreme operating conditions. There is an enormous opportunity for future application to a wide range of military and civilian mechanical components that operate in severe, corrosive environments.

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