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Ram Air Turbine Driven Power and Cooling Unit for Enhanced EA-18 Mission…

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Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 04-239
Solicitation Number:
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CFD Research Corporation
215 Wynn Dr., 5th Floor Suite D Huntsville, AL 35805-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Ram Air Turbine Driven Power and Cooling Unit for Enhanced EA-18 Mission Effectiveness
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-10-C-0445
Award Amount: $750,000.00


CFDRC has completed demonstration of an 18 inch diameter submerged Ram Air Turbine (RAT) capable of generating 65 KW at an EA-18G sea level flight speed of 280 kcas while fitting within the confines of multiple Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) pod concepts under consideration by NAVAIR. In this effort CFDRC will complete test and evaluation of a larger RAT coupled to a Honeywell COTS generator. This effort will culminate in the generation of at least 60 KW at 25,000 feet at the desired EA-18G flight speed of 220 kcas. All T&E will be completed prior to the conclusion of impending prime contractor (Raytheon, ITT/Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and BAE) Technology Maturation efforts. A comprehensive map (Mach number from .25 - .90 and 0-30,000 feet) of the ductwork/RAT/generator performance at all projected EA-18G NGJ flight conditions will be validated within the confines of a TRL 5-6 pod configuration. In order to assist the Navy in assuring NGJ pod power does not become a discriminator technology during the prototype pod flight demonstration efforts all of the technology developed here will be made accessible to each NGJ program competitor. CFDRC has negotiated an agreement with Honeywell that insures our final RAT based NGJ prime power generation unit will rapidly transition through flight certification efforts with no manufacturability and maintainability risk.

Principal Investigator:

Matthew Thomas
Vice President Propulsion

Business Contact:

Deborah Phipps
Senior Contracts Speciali
Small Business Information at Submission:

CFD Research Corporation
215 Wynn Dr., 5th Floor Huntsville, AL 35805

EIN/Tax ID: 630944385
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No