Performance Steel Castings
Final rept. 3 Nov 2006-30 Jun 2012
STEEL FOUNDERS' SOCIETY OF AMERICA CRYSTAL LAKE IL
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Weapon system designers and builders need advanced steel casting technology to achieve the performance goals required for new systems. The dramatic reduction in weight and increase in capability will require high performance components with complex geometries. SFSA combined the latest developments in technology to improve the design and manufacturing of steel castings for improved weapon system reliability. SFSA developed innovative casting design and manufacturing processes for high performance parts. SFSA is uniquely positioned through its industry leadership steel casting RD to assume a prominent role in the development of industry-ready, performance steel casting technology. RD led to innovative capability to simulate the steel casting applications, manufacture short run tooling, and acquire advanced sand properties for modeling. SFSA developed the initial thrust on encapsulated ceramic armor tiles through steel casting. SFSA provided technical support and technology tools, including sourcing and tooling, to support the procurement of castings, which provided a benefit through facilitating a robust supply chain while minimizing cost and lead-time.
- Metallurgy and Metallography