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Front Turbine Engine Concept

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2003 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
AP Solutions, Inc.
21000 Brookpark Road, MS501-6 Brookpark, OH 44135 0319
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Front Turbine Engine Concept
Agency: NASA
Contract: NAS3-03005
Award Amount: $69,962.00


This SBIR will determine the feasibility of an innovative gas turbine engine concept which has a turbine in front of the compressor. This engine concept, referred to as the Front Turbine Engine Concept (FTEC), has the potentials for extending the flight speed at which turbomachinery can operate. At hight flight speeds the front turbine extracts sufficient energy from the incoming air thus reducing the air temperature into the compressor and enabling the turbomachinery to operate at high flight speeds (up to Mach 5).Engine simulations will be conducted on the FTEC to determine the requirements of the components to match the cycle requirements over the complete flight path (takeoff to Mach 5 cruise). The most feasible engine configuraton (one or two spools) will be determined.Preliminary design will be conducted on the front turbine to identify a prelininary turbine configuration to meet cycle requirements.Technology requirements for all of the engine components will be assessed.

Principal Investigator:

Leo Franciscus

Business Contact:

Lonnie Reid
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

AP Solutions, Inc.
21000 Brookpark Road, MS501-6 Brookpark, OH 44135

EIN/Tax ID: 341867872
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No