Foil Bearing Supported Centrifugal Cathode Air Blower
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
The proposed technology will reduce the size and weight of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) power systems for unmanned air vehicle and munition (UAV) applications thus making future UAV's lighter and more fuel efficient. In addition, the proposed technology will further enable the Air Force's move toward more electric aircraft. The technological advance will have a spillover benefit to land and sea based vehicles utilizing SOFC power systems. A high technology cathode air blower will be designed and built in Phase I. The cathode air blower is able to operate at very high speeds > 100,000 rpm because the rotating assembley will be supported on foil air bearings. This high speed operation allows for a very small, light weight and efficient air blower which enables more power dense SOFC power systems.
Small Business Information at Submission:
R&D DYNAMICS CORP.
15 Barber Pond Road Bloomfield, CT 06002
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