Protective Coating for Large-Diameter Bearing Races

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-M-5040
Agency Tracking Number: F061-088-1420
Amount: $99,310.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-088
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
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 Research
 (406) 522-7620
Business Contact
 Fred Heckerman
Title: VP of Operations
Phone: (406) 541-7455
Research Institution
Critical large bearings in the F-35 thrust vector system must operate with absolute reliability under high loads, high heat and corrosive attack from salt air and fluorinated lubricant at elevated temperatures. A unique patented Filtered Arc Plasma Source Ion Deposition (FAPSID) process developed by Arcomac Surface Engineering will deposit an atomically bonded, multiple layered, integrated coating combining different metal and ceramic materials, each with specialized properties that improve both wear and corrosion resistance. This will further increase vector bearing performance, extend component life and reduce life cycle cost. Bearing components with optimized multiplex coating(s) will be rigorously evaluated for their durability and reliability under aggressive test conditions. The FAPSID process is scalable to produce production coatings on the large diameter bearing races in the F35 thrust vectoring system. These coatings have an enormous potential application to a wide range of military and civilian aircraft engine components that operate in severe wear and corrosive conditions.

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