The overall objective of this initiative is to prove out the benefits of using the erosion/corrosion resistant BlackGold® coating on the T700 jet engine compressor airfoils. Specifically, the initiative is intended to show improvement in functionality, reliability, maintainability, and procurement as follows:
- Functionality – an erosion and corrosion protective coating that retains compressor airfoil surface finish, retains airfoil profile, and eliminates corrosion pitting during operations results in prolonged engine performance which supports mission readiness and completion.
- Reliability – retaining engine shaft horsepower beyond the minimum engine power requirement keeps the engine on-wing and increases engine and aircraft reliability.
- Maintainability – increasing engine time on-wing decreases engine maintenance intervals.
- Procurement – increasing engine time on-wing and reducing the component scrap rate decreases the quantity of spare engines and components required to support the operational fleet.
Those interested in participating in this project should contact John Keippala, by August 14, 2017. We encourage participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).