Pod Mechanical Power Production
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
NAVAIR has developed the next generation electronic attack platform, the EA-18G Growler aircraft, as a replacement for the venerable EA-6B to effectively provide electronic attack and jammer escort for current Navy aircraft (F/A-18) and future aircraft (JSF). When the EA-18G enters service it will be equipped with ALQ-99 jammer pods that were initially designed for the EA-6 in the late 1960's. NAVAIR recognizes the limitations inherent in continuing to upgrade the ALQ-99, and, has identified a need for a Next Generation Jammer Pod with capabilities matched to the EA-18G. The NGJ Pod will be powered by an on-board turbine / generator to make the pod independent from aircraft power sources. The pod will require a minimum of 60 KVA of power generated at an airspeed of 220 knots and an altitude of 25,000 feet, with the turbine/generator located within the body of the pod. The key metrics for pod power generation are weight and volume efficiency. In Phase I SA has demonstrated the feasibility of power generation for this application with an internal, tangential in-flow Tesla (bladeless) turbine. A Tesla turbine packages well, has a relatively high power to weight ratio and requires only a short length of ducting to route air into the turbine. The proposed Phase 2 effort will focus on designing, testing, and optimizing a full-scale prototype turbine unit in a relevant environment.
Small Business Information at Submission:
STREAMLINE AUTOMATION, LLC
3100 Fresh Way SW Huntsville, AL 35805
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