Past Projects

Cost Study (Benchmarking)

ROCK staff and NIU faculty are performing an analysis of projected production cost of military components and comparing these costs to similar commercial component production costs. The intent is to look at similar components to see what potential cost saving lies in Army suppliers adopting more commercial practices. This project was performed with Hamilton Sundstrand.

Final project report will be published here January 2007.

Rockford Area High Power Systems Laboratory

The main focus of the High Power Systems Laboratory (HIPSYL) program was to investigate the feasibility of developing a special laboratory in the Rockford, IL area. The facility may be a publicly or privately-owned laboratory, available for government, industry, and academia use for the development of systems that operate over a broad range of power, possibly as high as 10 MW, and are driven by large dynamometers, large gas turbines and/or diesel engines. The study researched the capabilities of existing laboratories around the United States to understand how they are structured for public use and to minimize duplication of testing capability. Potential laboratory customers were identified within the government (DOE, DoD), universities, and private industry. From this information, a set of laboratory requirements was established for a new facility, and a conceptual layout was generated to identify building requirements, including an estimate of test equipment that will need to be installed.

Based on this data, potential locations for the laboratory were identified and a set of operating guidelines created as a recommendation for laboratory ownership, management structure, and vision of customer use of the laboratory. This project was performed with Hamilton Sundstrand.

Final project report will be published here January 2007.

Wear Benchmarking Study

The objective of this task was to perform a benchmarking study of the Department of Defense’s and the industry’s need to address unusual wear on systems caused by abrasive or corrosive environments, or both. Special emphasis was given to areas where use of coatings is likely to provide significant cost benefits. This project was performed by the Institute of Tribology and Coatings.

Final project report will be published here January 2007.

Tribology Task

The objective of this task was for the Institute of Tribology and Coatings (ITC) to perform three special projects in tribology/coatings that have the potential to positively impact military and industrial systems by use of coatings, rapidly test materials for corrosion and wear characteristics, and verify the application of project results.

  • Nano-particle Machining Fluid
  • Wear Resistant Gear Coatings
  • A New Wear Measurement Instrument

Final project report will be published here January 2007.

 

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