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Dr. Tushar Borkar Receives Defense Logistics Agency Research Award for Steel Coatings

Dr. Tushar Borkar, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has received $699,397 in funding from Advanced Technology International (ATI) to evaluate coatings on forged steel parts. The three-year project is titled “Evaluation of Oxidation-Resistant Coatings on Forging Billets.” The research is sponsored by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) based in Ft. Belvoir, VA and by DLA Troop Support in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Borkar will lead the technical development and will evaluate commercially available coatings for their ability to prevent the oxidation and decarburization that occurs during pre-heating of forging billets. Automated and robotic application methods will be explored to improve quality, reduce cost, improve cycle times, and to provide additional safety.

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