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Low-Cost Ball/Air/Magnetic Hybrid Bearing System for Extended-Life Micro Gas…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
95163
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N10A-037-0168
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 10T037
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Xdot Engineering and Analysis, PLLC
370C Greenbrier Drive Charlottesville, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Low-Cost Ball/Air/Magnetic Hybrid Bearing System for Extended-Life Micro Gas Turbine Engines
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-10-M-0279
Award Amount: $69,579.00
 

Abstract:

Micro gas turbine engines with state-of-the-art ultra-compact recuperators could be a real game-changer for small unmanned air vehicles and portable power generation. A key enabling technology for these engines is a low-cost, high speed bearing system that has long life, while operating without either a separate lubrication system, or oil in the fuel. For this Phase I STTR effort, Xdot Engineering and Analysis will evaluate the feasibility of a novel non-contact oil-free thrust bearing. This thrust bearing is particularly well suited for a hybrid arrangement where grease-lubricated rolling element bearings provide the radial support for a small, very high speed shaft. This thrust bearing is expected to have load capacity, stiffness and life suitable for these gas turbine applications. The bearing combines high levels of performance with very low production costs, even for small production volumes. The Phase I evaluation effort will include high speed testing of a prototype bearing, as well as an analytical evaluation of a self-contained thermal management strategy. The Phase I Option focuses on analysis/design tool development, and a potential way to further decrease the production cost.

Principal Investigator:

Erik Swanson
President/Chief Engineer
4342966094
erik@xdotea.com

Business Contact:

Erik Swanson
President/Chief Engineer
4342966094
erik@xdotea.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Xdot Engineering and Analysis, PLLC
124 Commonwealth Cir Charlottesville, VA 22901

EIN/Tax ID: 030563461
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Widener University
One University Place
Office of the President
Chester, PA 19013
Contact: Joseph J. Baker
Contact Phone: 6104994156