MTTC Identifies Remarkable New Lubricant Additive
(6/1/99) MTTC has been informed of a major new advance in
wear-resisting lubricant additives. A series of products manufactured by Muscle
Products, Inc. (Butler, PA), all incorporating the basic anti-friction product MT-10 in
various formulations, have been designed for use in a wide variety of applications in
which high pressures between mating parts are required. Suggested uses include
gears, pistons, cutting tools, and sporting equipment. Tests by independent
laboratories have shown amazing reductions in wear. For example, in a test conducted
by Southwest Research Institute, use of well-known commercial products such a Slick 50 and
STP Engine Treatment resulted in seizure at applied loads of 200 kg, whereas in tests with
the MT-10 seizure did not occur up to the maximum equipment load of 800 kg!
CJ Distributing of Burton, MI
contacted MTTC for assistance in "spreading the word" about this
technology. MTTC is planning on using its partnerships with the National Tooling and
Machining Association (NTMA) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) to alert
manufacturers the benefits of these new products. We are particularly interested in
demonstrating the use of ST-10 synthetic, soluble, biodegradable cutting fluid. In
fact, CJ Distributing has offered free samples of this product to companies willing to
provide specific feedback on improvements in tool life as a result of its use.
MTTC Assists Small Business With Revolutionary Clean
(7/6/99) MTTC has been working with True Molecular Sieve, LLC (TMS)
on a new gas separation technology that has the potential to revolutionize they way
industry deals with clean air regulations. This new technology (patent pending) can
separate gases in a steady-state flow and, unlike conventional "molecular
sieves" or membranes, can handle the gas flow rates required by industry. A
primary application for this technology is in the separation of oxygen from
nitrogen. For example, the major causes of "smog" are oxides of nitrogen,
or NOx. These gases are formed when nitrogen, which is the major (80%) constituent
of air, is introduced into a combustion process. Now picture this situation:
suppose you could separate nitrogen from air before the combustion process, so that only
oxygen entered the combustion chamber. The result would be no nitrogen, no NOx, and
This technology is especially significant for Kentucky, where
coal-fired power plants provide most of the electricity, because the EPA has demanded
tough new standards for NOx in these plants starting in the year 2003. Coal is the
least expensive fuel used to generate electricity, yet these new regulations could cost
utility companies up to half a billion dollars per plant for compliance using current
technology! This will make coal-fired power plants nearly as expensive to operate as
plants using competing fuels, reducing the cost advantage of Kentucky-bases utilities in
deregulated industry. And, of course, it will increase the electric bills for all
consumers. However, the TMS technology promises to do a better job of eliminating
NOx than current scrubber systems, and will do the job at a much reduced cost.
Beyond power plants, consider the automobile. A lot of money
has been spent developing alternatives to the internal combustion engine, because of the
pollutants, especially NOx, this powerplant produces. Think of all the
pollution-control devises on today's autos, right up through and including the catalytic
converter. Now suppose that nothing but oxygen was entering the engine's cylinders.
Not only would NOx never be produced, eliminating the need for all current smog
equipment, but the engine could burn fuel far more efficiently, thereby improving both
performance and mileage.
The TMS technology is in the early development stage, and MTTC's
role has included identification of improved fabrication approaches; coordination with
federal laboratories; providing business development, intellectual property, and
scientific/engineering support; and developing and presenting technology an business plans
to user and investors. MTTC's early support efforts were so successful that TMS has
placed MTTC under contract for further assistance. Time is of the essence in helping
utility companies meet the EPA 2003 requirement, so stay tuned for further
developments in this exciting technology.
Have you got an invention that would, in some way, have a major
impact on life on this planet, but you need some help in "getting it off the
ground"? Maybe MTTC can help you!
Next Meeting of the Technical Advisory Board (TAB)
(7/6/99) As announced at the April Board, the next TAB meeting will
be held October 13, 1999 at MTTC. Time and location to be announced.
(7/6/99) The FMTTC has been selected to give a paper at the bi-annual American Society
of Naval Engineers Fleet Maintenance Symposium. This year it will be held on October
26-27, 1999 inv Virginia Beach, VA.
Fleet Maintenance Technology Transfer Coordinator (FMTTC)
(7/6/99) The Project Status is as follows:
Superbolt. Testing is complete. NAVSEA issued a letter on May 17, 1999 authorizing
fleet-wide use. This project is closed.
Portable Chlorinator. Suitcase unit is built. COMNAVSURFLANT has identified the USS CARR
as the test ship. Shipchecks have been conducted and modifications have been
installed. Underway testing will comence soon.
Lynx Motor. The Lynx Motor shock test will
probably be delayed until later in 1999 when a steel-cased motor becomes available.
Heat Exchanger Descaler. Approved on January 13, 1999. This commercially- available system
will be tested and approved for shipboard use. This will permit emergent maintenance and
eliminate the need for costly removal/reinstallation of heat exchangers in order to
deliver them ashore. An estimated $4M/year cost avoidance is forecast. Contract is
Watertight Door Hinge Replacement. Approved at the January 13, 1999 meeting of the Office
of Naval Research Working Group. The contract has been signed to conduct accelerated cycle
testing. Testing has commenced. This is a Secretary of the Navy high interest
Bilge Paint Qualification. Approved on January 13, 1999. MTTC
will be teaming with NAVSEA and the Fleet Commands to test and qualify one or more epoxy
paints for use in ship bilges. This is a Secretary of the Navy high interest item and
should be complete by September 1999. A savings of $6 million per year has been
projected. Contract is imminent.
Topside Connector Corrosion Protection. Approved on January 13,
1999. MTTC will qualify several re-enterable connector covers for shipboard use. The use
of these materials will minimize connector corrosion and result in greater electronic
system reliability and reduced maintenance. NAVSEA and Raychem, Inc. are currently
developing a test plan.
Fast Track. K-Flex E Co. MTTC will evaluate a test section of
this new material on USS Rushmore. BBN, Inc. has conducted a baseline assessment
prior to ship depoyment in June 1999. When the Rushmore returns, the installation
will be re-evaluated. If approved, larger savings in production costs will be
Fast Track. DDG-5 Class Intake Louvers.
MTTC funded a test coating on several louvers using a fluidized bed ponder coats
process. A.C.L., Toronto, Canada was the contractor. Within a month of the
fleet reques, a contract was signed, the lovers were coated and returnd to the fleet for