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A Reliable, Long Life, LOX Compatible Seal

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
51944
Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
NASA1031
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Barber-Nichols, Inc.
6325 West 55th Arvada, CO 80002-2707
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: A Reliable, Long Life, LOX Compatible Seal
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
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 unique properties for rotating applications in that it provides a leak-free rotating seal and leak-free stationary seal. This is accomplished by using both an activated stationary mechanical seal and a ¿dynamic¿ rotating seal. The dynamic rotating seal uses the developed head in a small ¿Drag¿ pump to prevent leakage during rotation. The energized mechanical face seal is used only during system cooldown prior to actual rotation. This concept overcomes the problems associated within both face type mechanical seals and labyrinth seals in providing reliable sealing.

Principal Investigator:

David Lowe
Senior Engineer
3034218111
dlowe@barber-nichols.com

Business Contact:

Daniel J. Thoren
President
3034218111
dthoren@barber-nichols.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Barber-Nichols Inc.
6325 W. 55th Ave Arvada, CO 80002

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No