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Free Piston Pump for Microturbines

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Beck Engineering
1490 Lumsden Road Port Orchard, WA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Free Piston Pump for Microturbines
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N47408-03-P-6767
Award Amount: $70,000.00


The Navy needs long-life fuel pumps for Microturbines. We propose to apply our patented Free Piston Pump (FPP) technology to develop a long-life fuel pump for Microturbines to meet the needs of the Navy. We have developed our FPP to meet long-liferequirements and stringent cost requirements for high-pressure (for example, 3000 psi) cryogenic LNG systems on heavy vehicles. Our FPP has a long life because it has few moving parts and long-life seals. Our FPP has a low cost because it has a low partcount of inexpensive parts. In Phase I, we will design, build, and test a prototype Free Piston fuel Pump (FPP) for Microturbines, and we will determine the economic feasibility of large-scale production of our fuel pump. In Phase II, we will: (1)optimize our FPP to maximize life and minimize costs; (2) build and test the optimized design; (3) use the optimized pump to generate performance maps (data); and (4) develop a fuel-pump package (including performance data) suitable for commercial sale inPhase III. In Phase III, we will enter large-scale production of our pump, and we will mass-market our Free Piston Fuel Pump for Microturbines throughout the Navy and the Commercial Sector. Our Free Piston Pump (FPP) is attractive for many applicationsthat require a long-life, low-cost, high-pressure pump. Some promising commercial applications of our FPP are: fuel pumps for Microturbines; fuel pumps for LNG systems on heavy vehicles (trucks); feedpumps for nuclear powered submarines; pumps fordesuperheating water injection for steam power plants; and feedpumps for power generation and cogeneration.

Principal Investigator:

Douglas S. Beck

Business Contact:

Douglas S. Beck
Small Business Information at Submission:

3319 21st Ave NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335

EIN/Tax ID: 743039093
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No