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Nanocatalysts for Hydrocarbon-Fueled Rocket Based Combined Cycle (RBCC) Engines

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
78121
Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F064-019-0548
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Synkera Technologies, Inc.
2605 Trade Centre Ave. LONGMONT, CO -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Nanocatalysts for Hydrocarbon-Fueled Rocket Based Combined Cycle (RBCC) Engines
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-06-C-0084
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project involves the development of homogeneous catalysts for cracking of hydrocarbon fuel. Future concept space vehicles employ regeneratively cooled engines which rely on the fuel to absorb engine heat to ensure survival of the engine structure at a high temperature. Using the fuel to absorb heat and burning the hot fuel efficiently keeps the heat in the cycle. For hydrocarbons, deliberate fuel cracking significantly enhances the heat sink capability of the fuel. The use of a soluble catalyst is preferred over wall-mounted catalysts because it reduces the need to develop specialized components and can be applied to a variety of platforms and configurations. The proposed catalysts - superacids- will be (1) very soluble in liquid paraffins, excluding the possibility of precipitation or aggregation and concomitant interference with the working engine; (2) highly active in catalytic cracking of hydrocarbons, including paraffins; (3) capable of thermal activation and therefore will not exhibit the corrosiveness of common superacids; (4) molecular catalysts and therefore will have all the advantageous of properties reproducibility and performance consistence; (5) inexpensive to produce in bulk and will be amenable to mass-production; (6) environmentally benign from the standpoint of ozone depletion.

Principal Investigator:

Oleg Polyakov
Sr. Scientist
7204948401
opolyakov@synkera.com

Business Contact:

Stephen Williams
President and CTO
7204948401
swilliams@synkera.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SYNKERA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
2021 Miller Dr., Suite B Longmont, CO 80501

EIN/Tax ID: 364528660
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
COLORADO STATE UNIV.
CSU Research Foundation
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Contact: Arundeep S. Pradhan
Contact Phone: (970) 482-2916
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university