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APPLICATION OF FLUID BEARINGS TO TURBINE FLOW METERS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
396
Program Year/Program:
1984 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
396
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Intermoutain Technologies
1400 Benton, P.o. Box 1604 Idaho Falls, ID 83401
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1984
Title: APPLICATION OF FLUID BEARINGS TO TURBINE FLOW METERS
Agency: DOE
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $325,975.00
 

Abstract:

TURBINE METERS CAN DIRECTLY MEASURE FLUID VELOCITY. PRESENTDESIGNS, HOWEVER, USING NEEDLE, ROLLER OR BALL BEARINGS, ARELIMITED TO RELIABILITY AND PERFORMANCE, PARTICULARLY AT LOW VELOCITIES AND UNDER SUDDEN PULSE LOADINGS. CONVENTIONAL UNITS ARE ALSO LIMITED IN LIFE DUE TO BEARING FOULING AND WEAR UNDER SEVERE OPERATING CONDITIONS. THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROPOSED PROJECT IS TO REPLACE THE USUAL BALL OR NEEDLEBEARINGS PRESENTLY EMPLOYED. THIS APPROACH WILL GREATLY REDUCE THE LIMITATIONS MENTIONED ABOVE SINCE FLUID BEARING SHOULD OVERCOME THE PROBLEM OF STARTING FRICTION AT LOW FLUID VELOCITIES, AND THE CONTINUOUS LOW FLOW OF CLEAN FILTERED FLUID THROUGH THE BEARING WILL PREVENT CONTAMINANTSIN THE BEARING AND THUS INCREASE THE POTENTIAL FOR LONG-TERMRELIABLE PERFORMANCE. PHASE I OF THIS PROPOSED WORK WILL IDENTIFY NECESSARY DESIGN FEATURES AND EVALUATE CONCEPT FEASIBILITY, USING A PROTOTYPE MODEL OF REASONABLE SIZE. SIZE REDUCTION AND DESIGN OPTIMIZATION FOR A WIDE RANGE OF FLUID CONDITIONS WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN PHASE II. A REPORT TEST RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS REGARDING PHASE II FEASIBILITY WILL BE PRESENTED.

Principal Investigator:

George F. Brockett

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Intermoutain Technologies
1400 Benton, P.o. Box 1604 Idaho Falls, ID 83401

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