Short Pulse Laser Texturing of Wear Resistant Surfaces

Period of Performance: 04/08/2009 - 04/08/2011

$746K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Mound Laser & Photonics Center, Inc.
2941 College Drive
Kettering, OH 45420
Principal Investigator

Abstract

This Phase II program seeks to develop laser surface texturing methodologies that, combined with solid film lubricant technology, will greatly extend the wear life of a variety of engine components used by the Joint Strike Fighter as well as diverse other military and commercial aircraft. Building on wear life enhancement results demonstrated in Phase I, this program includes tasks for refinement of the surface texturing methodology, conduct of testing to raise the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) toward a goal of 6, demonstration of the technology on one or more components identified in cooperation with a Navy prime contractor, and evaluation and summary of cost savings that will result from the process along with enumeration of any further requirements for military transition and commercialization.