Low Thermal Loss Cryogenic Pump

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NAS10-01062
Agency Tracking Number: 012679
Amount: $69,550.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
6325 W. 55th Ave, Arvada, CO, 80002
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bill Batton
 Vice President
 (303) 421-8111
Business Contact
 Dan Thoren
Title: President
Phone: (303) 421-8111
Email: dthoren@barber-nichols.com
Research Institution
It is of great importance in most cryogenic pumping systems to minimize heat addition to the cryogen by the pump. The two main areas of heat addition are from inefficiency of the pump and conduction from the motor and ambient surroundings into the cryogen. Optimally, low heat leak cryogenic pumps are designed with a long shaft (and outer housing)between the motor and wet end to minimize heat from the motor and ambient surroundings from entering the cryogen. The shaft and outer housing are usually thin-walled tubing made of stainless steel. This limits the conductive heat to a function of the cross sectional area of the shaft and housing and the thermal conductivity of the stainless steel. The long shaft may also limit the speed at which the pump may operate, however. The speed limitation usually increases pump inefficiency thus adding more heat to the cryogen. This proposal presents an innovative solution to this problem. A composite material with lower thermal conductivity and higher stiffness will be used for the shaft. This will lower heat from conductance and allow the pump to operate at a higher, more efficient speed.

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