Metal Hydride Energy Source for HALE Aircraft Propulsion

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,664.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-09-C-0359
Agency Tracking Number:
08SB2-0958
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB082-064
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
Busek Co. Inc.
11 Tech Circle, Natick, MA, 01760
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
184629491
Principal Investigator:
James Szabo
Chief Scientist for Hall Thrusters
(508) 655-5565
jszabo@busek.com
Business Contact:
Judy Budny
Contracts Administrator
(508) 655-5565
judy@busek.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Busek Co. Inc. and the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) of Pennsylvania State University propose to develop a metal hydride based propulsion system for High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) aircraft. In Phase I, we will select the most promising propellant combination and design a system around it. We will demonstrate through analysis that the system can meet relevant HALE aircraft goals for power, lifetime, and specific fuel consumption. The complete system must store, deliver, ignite and combust the reactants, and effectively produce mechanical energy that can be used to drive a propeller. The most promising propellant candidate may be LiH. However other substances such as AlH3, LiAlH4, Al, and Li will also be considered during the analysis and feasibility study. In addition to air, storable oxidizers will be considered. In Phase II, a sub-scale version of the system will be built and tested. This program will leverage Busek’s existing efforts to develop a HALE aircraft engine, and ARL’s efforts to build a LiH based propulsion system for underwater applications.

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