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NEWS | March 1, 2017

Improved Aircraft Landing Gear Protection Takes to the Skies



  • LOCATION: Clearfield, Utah
  • TOPIC NUMBER: AF071-320
  • TOPIC TITLE: Cadmium Elimination: Implementation of Low Hydrogen Embrittlement Zinc Nickel (LHE ZnNi)
  • TECHNICAL PROJECT OFFICE: Air Force Sustainment Center, Hill AFB, UT

Spawned by a small business collaboration, the Air Force and aerospace industry now have a more environmentally-friendly and lower-cost option to protect a key aircraft system.

With support from the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program, Utah-based ES3 developed a process for plating steel aircraft landing gear components with Low Hydrogen Embrittlement Zinc-Nickel. Along the way, ES3 worked closely with a unit of prime contractor Boeing, as well as coating manufacturer Dipsol of America, to make the technology a reality.


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