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A CLEAN HELIUM COMPRESSOR/EXPANDER FOR LONG LIFE CRYOGENIC SERVICE

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
3461
Program Year/Program:
1987 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
3461
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71 Hanover, NH 03755-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1987
Title: A CLEAN HELIUM COMPRESSOR/EXPANDER FOR LONG LIFE CRYOGENIC SERVICE
Agency: DOE
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $243,755.00
 

Abstract:

CRYOGENIC HELIUM REFRIGERATORS AND LIQUIFIERS CONVENTIONALLYEMPLOY OIL LUBRICATED POSITIVE DISPLACEMENT COMPRESSORS AT THE WARM END AND FREQUENTLY USE PISTON TYPE EXPANSION ENGINES AT THE COLD END. THESE SYSTEMS REQUIRE EXTENSIVE AND VIGILANT MAINTENANCE TO CONTROL CONTAMINATION FROM LUBRICATING OIL AND ITS VOLATILE COMPONENTS MIGRATING TO THE COLD END. HENCE THE NEED FOR LOW MAINTENANCE COMPRESSORS AND EXPANDERS OF CONTAMINATION-FREE DESIGN. WE PROPOSE AN INNOVATIVE RECIPROCATING COMPRESSOR OR EXPANDER CONCEPT WHICH HAS THE POTENTIAL TO ELIMINATE OIL, SEALS, VALVES, WEAR, CONTAMINATION, AND MAINTENANCE. PHASE I OF THIS PROJECT WILL ASSESS THE TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY OF THE PROPOSED COMPRESSOR CONCEPT BY TESTING A PROOF-OF-CONCEPT BREADBOARD DEVICE AND DEVELOPING SCOPING ANALYSES OF EVALUATE ITS EXPECTED RANGE OF APPLICATIONS. IF PROVEN FEASIBLE, A PROTOTYPE CLEAN HELIUM COMPRESSOR WILL BE BUILT AND TESTED IN PHASE II.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Herbert Sixsmith
Principal Investigator
6036433800

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Creare Inc.
P.o. Box 71, Etna Road Hanover, NH 03755

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