TriboTEX Awarded AFWERX SBIR Innovation Grant to Explore Nanomaterial Coating Platforms to Extend Operational Lifetimes of Helicopter Gearboxes

Source:, January 8th, 2019

Washington-based TriboTEX has been awarded one of the U.S. Air Force’s Small Business Innovation Research grants of $50,000. Under the special topic, awardees were challenged to provide innovative, defense-related, dual-purpose technologies or solutions to meet a clear Air Force need.

he new award allows TriboTEX to expand solutions the company derived through earlier SBIR grants by applying the company’s nanotech solutions to protect military helicopter gearboxes. The SBIR award resulted from a partnership between the Air Force Research Laboratory and the AFWERX program to streamline the SBIR process to “speed up the experience, broaden the pool of potential applicants and decrease bureaucratic overhead. Beginning in SBIR 18.3, the Air Force has begun offering ‘Special’ SBIR topics that are faster, leaner and open to a broader range of solutions.”

According to TriboTEX founder Dr. Pavlo Rudenko, Ph.D., winning the highly coveted and competitive SBIR grant provides exciting new opportunities for the company. “We are excited to collaborate with stakeholders across the Air Force by providing lubrication solutions to persistent pain points and life-limiting components. Particularly promising are applications in helicopter and airplane gearboxes and a number of hydraulic components and auxiliary mechanisms,” Dr. Rudenko explained.

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