REM Surface Engineering and Sentient have been awarded a Phase 1 contract for Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Number A12-022. The mission of the SBIR program is to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of Federal research funds in critical American priorities to build a strong national economy. The current Sentient/REM SBIR is titled "Surface Engineering Technologies for Improved Gear Efficiency."
The objective of SBIR A12-022 is to develop surface engineering techniques capable of improving the power transmission efficiency of geared systems and demonstrate realizable efficiency improvements that can reduce vehicle fuel consumption with a target to reduce component losses by an average of at least 20%. The technologies must be readily incorporated into existing designs for powertrain gearing to enable rapid introduction into existing military platforms.
The acquisition program responsible for this SBIR is Ground Combat Systems which is overseen by Dr. Brian Dykas at the US Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD. Dr. Dykas has been an advocate of REM ISF® for many years prior to this award. He was first introduced to REM while he worked for NASA at the Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH. He has been a key contact that follows REM advancements through the Ohio State Gear Lab meetings, and in fact, a report containing ISF efficiency data given by OSU Gear Lab Manager, Dr. Ahmet Kahraman, in 2007 is listed as one of the references in the SBIR.