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Company Information:

Company Name: Barber-Nichols Inc.
City: Arvada
State: CO
Zip+4: 80002-2707
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (303) 303-8111

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,360,590.00 16
SBIR Phase II $1,758,444.00 3
STTR Phase I $238,958.00 3
STTR Phase II $1,096,515.00 2

Award List:

DEVELOPMENT OF AN INNOVATIVE LIQUID HELIUM PUMP

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $50,000.00

DEVELOPMENT OF AN INNOVATIVE LIQUID HELIUM PUMP

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $409,034.00
Abstract:
This project will develop a reliable, high efficiency, versatile liquid helium (lhe) pump for the superconducting super collider (ssc). several innovative design features will be incorporated to give the pump the following characteristics: 1) a hermetic design will eliminte all dynamic seals, 2) a… More

Sewage Discharge Pumps

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kenneth Nichols
Award Amount: $69,887.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael Forsha, Engineering Manager
Award Amount: $69,486.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: William D. Batton, Vice President
Award Amount: $69,627.00

Large Format Resistive Arrays (LFRA) for Infrared Scene Projectors (IRSP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dave Lowe, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,948.00
Abstract:
Oil lubricated gearboxes can be very costly with oil life and maintenance issues, complex sealing, seal shelf life issues, and oil sump requirements. Barber-Nichols Inc. will investigate alternative lubrication concepts to reduce these costs.Investigation areas will be water lubrication, dry or… More

A Reliable, Long Life, LOX Compatible Seal

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David Lowe, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,817.00
Abstract:
Barber-Nichols Inc. (BNI) is pleased to present a unique and innovative Phase I research and design plan for a ¿Long Life Lox Compatible Seal¿. This seal could be used to replace current troublesome shaft seals on Liquid Oxygen Pumps as well as other cryogenic pumps. The type of seal proposed has… More

Oxygen Source for Underwater Vehicle Fuel Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: APPLIED RESEARCH LABORATORY
Principal Investigator: Dave Lowe, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,468.00
RI Contact: Dan Kiely
Abstract:
Pure oxygen is usually produced through air separation and is primarily stored as a liquid or compressed gas. Generation and storage of oxygen for use in fuel cells in self-contained underwater vehicles is particularly difficult due to the absence of airand the need to limit space and weight. … More

Torpedo Affordability Improvements through Alternative Gearbox Lubrication and Optimized Afterbody Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dave Lowe, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $749,880.00
Abstract:
"A water lubricated gearbox has the potential to reduce system costs in a torpedo SCEPS propulsion system by eliminating oil lubrication seals, maintenance, and storage issues. Further, in a water based SCEPS system, a water lubricated gearbox could allowreduced parts count, complexity, and major… More

Low Thermal Loss Cryogenic Pump

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Bill Batton, Vice President
Award Amount: $69,550.00
Abstract:
It is of great importance in most cryogenic pumping systems to minimize heat addition to the cryogen by the pump. The two main areas of heat addition are from inefficiency of the pump and conduction from the motor and ambient surroundings into the cryogen. Optimally, low heat leak cryogenic pumps… More

Highly Reliable LOX Pump for Vehicle Loading Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Bill Batton
Award Amount: $69,954.00
Abstract:
This proposal will present an innovative Phase I research and design plan for a reliable LOX pumping system for use in NASA vehicle loading. Due to seal problems with the current LOX loading pumps, the main focus of the Phase I effort will involve design and development of an innovative sealing… More

Highly Reliable LOX Pump for Vehicle Loading Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Bill Batton, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,530.00
Abstract:
The current Shuttle LOX loading pumps have several issues requiring high-maintenance and resulting in low reliability. The proposed pump system would mitigate NASA's concerns on reliability in this critical application by virtue of the seal arrangement tested in Phase 1 and the design of each pump… More

Conversion of Low-Temperature Waste Heat to Electric Power Utilizing Hermetic Organic Rankine Cycle

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert L. Fuller, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,772.00
Abstract:
76206-Heat is generated and used in many industrial processes. Although, the remaining low-temperature heat from these processes is typically dispersed to the atmosphere, this waste heat could be utilized to produce electric power for on- or off-grid use. This project addresses this need through… More

Hybrid Propulsion Systems for Undersea Weapons

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: APPLIED RESREARCH LABORATORY
Principal Investigator: Dave Lowe, Senior Project Engineer
Award Amount: $69,982.00
RI Contact: Dan Kiely
Abstract:
Leveraging existing Simulation Based Design and Multidisciplinary Optimization (SBD / MDO) analyses, optimal hybrid torpedo configuration(s) will be developed. Engineering analyses will be performed on a new chemical oxygen storage and delivery concept and turbomachinery for the hybrid propulsion… More

Hybrid Propulsion Systems for Undersea Weapons

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: APPLIED RESEARCH LABORATORY
Principal Investigator: Dave Lowe, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $496,526.00
RI Contact: Jon Peters
Abstract:
This STTR focuses on design of a hybrid propulsion system for a heavyweight torpedo. The hybrid torpedo propulsion system is designed to allow effective operation over a large turndown ratio, improving the weapon's suitability for a broad range of missions including littoral water duty. The… More

Turbopump Design for Deep Throttling Capability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Alabama, Huntsville
Principal Investigator: Madhan Bala, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,508.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
A rocket engine turbopump design using a partial emission pump combined with a zero net positive suction pressure inducer design is proposed to achieve a robust, deep throttling capability in 5k to 15k lbf thrust range rocket engines. A partial emission pump can provide better low-flow/thrust… More

High Speed Compact Vaneaxial Fans

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Judy Busby, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $99,032.00
Abstract:
Barber-Nichols will be using state-of-the art aerodynamic and acoustic design and optimization tools to improve the efficiency and acoustic signature of a current cooling fan design. The efficiency and noise levels will be improved through multi-objectiv

Turbopump Design for Deep Throttling Capability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Principal Investigator: Jeff Noall, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,989.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
This project will demonstrate the benefits of a partial emission pump coupled with a zero net positive suction pressure inducer design to achieve robust, deep throttling capability. This pump application is well suited for 5k to 15k lbf thrust range rocket engines.

Parallel Operation of Compact, Efficient Turbogenerators for Robust Tactical Energy Independence

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Dave Wehrlen, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $99,956.00
Abstract:
The intent of this project is to explore the feasibility of using a parallel connection strategy similar to a utility solution for the operation of multiple high speed turbo-generators in the 10 to 50 kW range. It is desired to connect the high frequency, 3-phase outputs of multiple… More

Development of Advanced Compact Energy Recovery Pumping System for Shipboard Seawater Reverse Osmosis Desalination

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jason Preuss, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $69,445.00
Abstract:
The proposed advanced, compact, lightweight turbine-pump (ACLTP) assembly takes advantage of the available pressure in the overboard RO seawater stream via hydraulic Turbine expansion which provides additional boost and pressurization up to the target 1,200 psid at the RO module. The ACLTP boost is… More

High Seed Compressor for Propellant Densification

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jason Preuss, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,814.00
Abstract:
Propellant densification systems particularly for H2 require compression systems developing very large amounts of head. Development of this head requires multiple stages of compressors running at high speed. In the past these compressors have run on grease-packed ball bearings with very limited… More

Turbine Component Rapid Manufacturing via Electron Beam Melting/Electrochemical Machining

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Thomas E. Yost, Mr. – 303-421-8111
Award Amount: $149,366.00
Abstract:
Development of new, more efficient gas turbine engines is a lengthy process of engine test iterations to maximize performance. This engine development cycle time is driven to a large extent by the manufacturing process used to produce the engine hot section turbine components. Barber-Nichols Inc.… More

Thermal Conversion Device for Hydrothermal Vents

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jason Preuss, Project Engineer – (303) 421-8111
Award Amount: $79,962.00
Abstract:
The objective of this proposal is to develop technology which will enable electricity to be produced and stored by utilizing geothermal energy emanating from the fissures in the bottom of the ocean. Geothermal energy is abundant. It is estimated that 67,000 km of ridges exist in the ocean that… More

High Speed Compressor for Subcooling Propellants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jason Preuss, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $124,974.00
Abstract:
Propellant densification systems for LH2 require compression systems that develop significant head. In the past this has required multiple stages of compressors running at high speed on grease-packed ball bearings with very limited life, large heat leak and questionable rotordynamic stability. … More