Pod Mechanical Power Production

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$1,499,800.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-09-C-0236
Agency Tracking Number:
N081-035-0099
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-035
Solicitation Number:
2008.1
Small Business Information
Streamline Automation, LLC
3100 Fresh Way SW, Huntsville, AL, 35805
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
124289294
Principal Investigator:
Alton Reich
Lead Engineer
(256) 713-1220
Alton.Reich@StreamlineAutomation.biz
Business Contact:
Alton Reich
Lead Engineer
(256) 713-1220
Alton.Reich@StreamlineAutomation.biz
Research Institution:
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 220 knots and an altitude of 25,000 feet, with the turbine/generator located within the body of the pod. The key metrics for pod power generation are weight and volume efficiency. In Phase I SA has demonstrated the feasibility of power generation for this application with an internal, tangential in-flow Tesla (bladeless) turbine. A Tesla turbine packages well, has a relatively high power to weight ratio and requires only a short length of ducting to route air into the turbine. The proposed Phase 2 effort will focus on designing, testing, and optimizing a full-scale prototype turbine unit in a relevant environment.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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