Project Announcement: Axial Compressor Surface Finish Improvement

The U.S. Navy is interested in measuring the improvements in performance associated with the application of protective surface finishes to aircraft engine components. To combat the degradation and increased risk of failure that occur when engines operate in environments with high temperatures, salt, sand, and other corrosive and/or abrasive substances, the U.S. Navy is employing these surface finishes on components of the MH-60 helicopter. To test their performance, it seeks the support of an outside organization to analyze their impact on fuel consumption, improved engine operability, and time on wing, using an axial compressor as a surrogate for the MH-60’s T700 engine.

Those interested in participating in this project should contact Debbie Lilu at or at (734) 262-0758 by June 25, 2018. We encourage participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).