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Hybrid Propulsion Systems for Undersea Weapons

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
75438
Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N054-024-0085
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 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Hybrid Propulsion Systems for Undersea Weapons
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-06-C-0406
Award Amount: $496,526.00
 

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 improved flexibility of hybrid torpedoes should improve the Pk and Pck (probability of kill, probability of counter-kill) metrics and may offer savings in Total Ownership Cost (TOC) over conventional torpedo propulsion systems. Two parallel Phase I STTRs were completed on hybrid concepts. Barber-Nichols analyzed a chemical oxygen generation system and FuelCell Energy analyzed a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system which would form the low power subsystem. Both Phase I studies completed trade studies on the performance attributes of various resultant propulsion systems. The conclusion was that both the chemical oxygen generator and the SOFC were significant enabling technologies. This Phase II effort combines these two efforts into a coordinated technology advancement program. The program advances the key technologies through Option 1 then offers alternative Option 2s, one providing integration of key subsystems plus a total system design, the other providing less subsystem integration but offering a limited propulsion system breadboard demonstration.

Principal Investigator:

Dave Lowe
Project Engineer
3034218111
dlowe@barber-nichols.com

Business Contact:

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

BARBER-NICHOLS, INC.
6325 West 55th Avenue Arvada, CO 80002

EIN/Tax ID: 840568519
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
APPLIED RESEARCH LABORATORY
North Atherton Street P.O. Box
State College, PA 16801
Contact: Jon Peters
Contact Phone: (814) 865-4229
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university