Intensive quenching is a revolutionary quenching technology that yields improved mechanical properties, reduces residual stresses, and improves overall forging quality. It enables substitution of low cost alloys for higher cost alloys, which in-turn would yield DLA significant cost savings.
Parts requiring large forging dies, such as landing gear bought by DLA Aviation and the military services, can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and lead-times in excess of six months. Extending die life can therefore provide shorter lead times and substantial cost savings to DLA.
Forging simulation or deformation modeling is known to reduce cost, improve forging processes, decrease lead-times, and increase quality of forgings. In previous DLA programs, SFTC demonstrated cost savings on the order of $1.9M. Simulation is an integral part of the forging process, in particular, closed-die forgings, and improvements in simulation and forging technologies result in cost, lead-time, surge capacity, and quality benefits to the DOD.
It is anticipated the DLA will be supporting Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in the future. This project serendipitously positions DLA as technology innovator and supplier for future systems it will support. Additionally, this project provides near term system improvement for UAV performance via improvements in UAV engine technology depending on advanced alloys.
The DoD has a strategic need to develop and deploy the next generation of weapon systems for our warfighters. As the design of new weapons systems with forged components progresses from basic concepts to laboratory tests to relevant and operational environment testing, assistance is needed to address forging technical challenges and expedite the procurement of prototypes.
FORGE-IT addresses the myriad of supply chain and technical issues at the DLA Supply Centers, suppliers to DLA, and DOD locations by researching and developing supply chain processes and tools for implementation to reduce lead-times, eliminate unfilled orders, improve quality, and reduce costs for forged parts.