Pod Mechanical Power Production

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,937.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-08-C-0277
Award Id:
87510
Agency Tracking Number:
N081-035-0099
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3100 Fresh Way SW, Huntsville, AL, 35805
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
124289294
Principal Investigator:
AltonReich
Project Manager
(256) 713-1220
Alton.Reich@StreamlineAutomation.biz
Business Contact:
AltonReich
Project Manager
(256) 713-1220
Alton.Reich@StreamlineAutomation.biz
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
NAVAIR has developed the next generation electronic attack platform, the EA-18G Growler aircraft, as a replacement for the venerable EA-6B to effectively provide electronic attack and jammer escort for current Navy aircraft (F/A-18) and future aircraft (JSF). When the EA-18G enters service it will be equipped with ALQ-99 jammer pods that were initially designed for the EA-6 in the late 1960's. NAVAIR recognizes the limitations inherent in continuing to upgrade the ALQ-99, and, has identified a need for a Next Generation Jammer Pod with capabilities matched to the EA-18G. The NGJ Pod will be powered by an on-board turbine / generator to make the pod independent from aircraft power sources. The pod will require a minimum of 60 KVA of power generated at an airspeed of 250 knots, with the turbine/generator located within the body of the pod. The key metrics for pod power generation are weight and volume efficiency. An ideal solution for this application is a Tesla turbine, a tangential in-flow machine, that packages well, and requires only a short length of ducting to route air into the turbine. The proposed Phase 1 effort will focus in designing and testing a demonstration unit, to be followed by full-scale prototype fabrication and testing in Phase 2.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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