Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9300-08-C-2002
Agency Tracking Number: F071-204-1046
Amount: $749,851.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-204
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
1701 Military Trail, Suite 110, Jupiter, FL, 33458
DUNS: 048159342
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Frank Huber
 Program Manager
 (561) 427-6245
Business Contact
 Lloyd Mazer
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (561) 427-6337
Research Institution
Cryogenic propellant pumps are often pushed to the limit of cavitation performance in the quest for higher efficiency and lighter weight. The accurate prediction of cryogenic propellant cavitation offers a significant opportunity for improvements in turbopump performance and reliability. Cryogenic propellant turbopumps are typically limited in performance capability and design life due to an inability to accurately model and predict cavitation. With a renewed interest in smaller turbopumps for upper stage engines a better understanding of propellant cavitation is needed to optimize turbopump performance, weight and reliability. Phase I of this SBIR has identified and demonstrated methodologies for detailed cryogenic propellant cavitation testing and designed a cavitation test rig for water and cryogens. Phase II will include fabrication of the test rig and a test program that will acquire benchmark quality cavitation data for water and an LH2 surrogate fluid. The data will then be used to implement cavitation model improvements in several CFD and Pump Design Codes.

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