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USAF Academy Rheometer

Colorado, United States
Government : Military
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This notice is not a solicitation. This announcement serves as a sources sought notice for a rheometer for the Air Force Academy.  This Sources Sought Notice is issued for the purpose of market research in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 10 to determine if there is a pressure scanner that meet the specifications below and the Buy American Act at DFARS 225.225-7001.  All businesses capable of providing rheometers are invited to respond.  Any information provided by industry to the Government as a result of this sources sought synopsis is voluntary.  The Government will not pay for any information submitted in response to this sources sought synopsis.    


10 CONS/ PKC is seeking potential sources who manufacture rheometers that are Buy American compliant IAW DFARS 252.225-7001 are considered commercially off-the-shelf items (COTS).


The applicable NAICS Code is 334519.  The size standard is 500 employees. 

All items and components must be made and manufactured in accordance with DFARS 252-225-7001, Buy American Act and Balance of Payments Program.


U.S. Air Force Academy Rheometer minimum requirements:


·         H-frame construction, with motorized lift for measuring head

·         Modular heating modules & measuring geometries

·         Measuring geometries must contain an ID chip for rheometer to identify serial number, inertial parameters, and specific characteristics of that individual geometry

·         Icon-based visual programming software to operate rheometer

·         Modules to provide ability to interface with either an FT-IR or Raman spectrometer for simultaneous measuring

·         Air-bearing motor with two radial bearings and one axial bearing

·         Ceramic shaft for measuring geometries to reduce heat transfer from sample into the motor

·         Ability to perform Rotational rheological tests in CS or CR mode as per user’s choice (minimum torque spec 20 nNm; rotational speed from 10-7 to 1500 rpm)

·         Ability to perform Oscillatory rheological tests in CS or CD mode as per user’s choice (minimum torque spec 10nNm; frequency from 10-6 to 100 Hz)

·         Holders for original sample containers as per user’s choice

·         Module for integration with a camera to take pictures of samples while undergoing testing

·         Measuring geometry eject/release button

·         Built-in normal force sensor (specs from 0.01N to 50N)

·         1 year warranty

·         Must be new

·         On-site training and installation; in-state (e.g. Colorado) application support)


Quantity:  1


Delivery is FOB Destination to USAF Academy, CO 80840.


Comments and/or suggestions on the specifications are encouraged and can be included in your capabilities package.


Interested businesses shall provide the following information:

1.     Company name, mailing address, cage code, DUNS number, point of contact, telephone number and email address.

2.     Business size status in relationship to the small business threshold of 500 employees and socio-economic status, e.g., 8(a), Woman Owned or Service Disabled Veteran-Owned, small business, large business, etc.

3.     Answers to the following questions: (include questions below as applicable, otherwise delete. Add any questions specific to the acquisition not included below). 

a.       Are you a manufacturer or supplier of the items?

b.       What is your lead-time for delivery for each item?

c.        What are your payment/discount terms?

d.       What are the term of your warranty?


This notice is designed to locate responsible sources that have an interest, and have the ability to supply the items described herein.  Responsible vendors who are interested may contact, Ms. Leila Bussey at 719-333-8203 or email or  Ms. Susan Hashemi, Contracting Officer at 719-333-8059 or email by 1 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time, 28 June 2018.


Leila N. Bussey, Contract Specialist, Phone 7193338203, Email - susan g. hashemin, Contracting Officer, Phone 7193338059, Email

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