Plasma Surface Engineering for Bearing Wear and Corrosion Prevention in Advanced Gas Turbine Engines

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,974.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-05-M-2577
Award Id:
73060
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-181-2658
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
6575 Butler Creek Road, Missoula, MT, 59808
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
114926376
Principal Investigator:
Vladimir Gorokhovsky
Director of R & D
(406) 522-7620
VIGASE@aol.com
Business Contact:
Jeff Wisehart
VP of Operations
(406) 549-7451
jwisehart@am-eagle.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Current engine bearing lubrication technology begins to break down at the high rotation speeds, loads and temperatures required for advanced fighter engines. Furthermore, in combat operation bearings may have to operate for short periods with no lubrication, and also resist pervasive corrosive environments. In this program the bearing material will be modified to be "slippery", more durable, resist corrosion and hold lubricant evenly on the entire contact surface. This is possible because a breakthrough in surface engineering technology can precisely control deposition of coatings at the level of vaporized atoms. This innovative technology can deposit atomically bonded, multiple layered, nanocomposite coatings combined with engineered surface texturing in a single integrated tribo-system, so coated engine bearings will perform dependably under extreme operating conditions. There is an enormous opportunity for future applications to lubricate a wide range of military and civilian mechanical components that operate in severe environments.

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