Free Piston Pump for Microturbines

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N47408-03-P-6767
Agency Tracking Number:
N031-0271
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
BECK ENGINEERING
3319 21st Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA, 98335
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
054758185
Principal Investigator:
Douglas Beck
Engineer
(253) 853-1703
dbeck23@aol.com
Business Contact:
Douglas Beck
President
(253) 853-1703
dbeck23@aol.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Navy needs long-life fuel pumps for Microturbines. We propose to apply our patented Free Piston Pump (FPP) technology to develop a long-life fuel pump for Microturbines to meet the needs of the Navy. We have developed our FPP to meet long-liferequirements and stringent cost requirements for high-pressure (for example, 3000 psi) cryogenic LNG systems on heavy vehicles. Our FPP has a long life because it has few moving parts and long-life seals. Our FPP has a low cost because it has a low partcount of inexpensive parts. In Phase I, we will design, build, and test a prototype Free Piston fuel Pump (FPP) for Microturbines, and we will determine the economic feasibility of large-scale production of our fuel pump. In Phase II, we will: (1)optimize our FPP to maximize life and minimize costs; (2) build and test the optimized design; (3) use the optimized pump to generate performance maps (data); and (4) develop a fuel-pump package (including performance data) suitable for commercial sale inPhase III. In Phase III, we will enter large-scale production of our pump, and we will mass-market our Free Piston Fuel Pump for Microturbines throughout the Navy and the Commercial Sector. Our Free Piston Pump (FPP) is attractive for many applicationsthat require a long-life, low-cost, high-pressure pump. Some promising commercial applications of our FPP are: fuel pumps for Microturbines; fuel pumps for LNG systems on heavy vehicles (trucks); feedpumps for nuclear powered submarines; pumps fordesuperheating water injection for steam power plants; and feedpumps for power generation and cogeneration.

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