NASA SBIR 2008 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-1 X4.01-9798
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Low Temperature Mechanisms
PROPOSAL TITLE: Improved Ionic Liquids As Space Lubricants

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
UES, Inc.
4401 Dayton-Xenia Road
Dayton, OH 45432 - 1894
(937) 426-6900

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Amarendra K. Rai
4401 Dayton-Xenia Road
Dayton, OH 45432 - 1894
(937) 426-6900

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 5

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Ionic liquids are candidate lubricant materials. However for application in low temperature space mechanisms their lubrication performance needs to be enhanced. UES Inc in collaboration with Covalent Technologies Inc propose to improve the tribological (lubrication) characteristics of the appropriate ionic liquids through formulation with innovative additive technology. The formulated ionic liquids will be thoroughly characterized to demonstrate their extremely low volatility and non-corrosive extreme pressure anti wear characteristics. The performance of the formulated ionic liquids will be ranked. Highly ranked formulations will be further optimized in Phase II.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Lubrication for low temperature space mechanisms is critical to enable reliable and efficient operation of NASA's exploration vehicles. Formulated ionic fluids will be a critical component for longer life of low temperature mechanisms.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Formulated ionic liquid based lubricants can be used in many moving mechanical assemblies such as bearings, gears etc. It can also be used in several electrochemical applications.

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