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High Speed Closed Brayton Cycle Turboalternator

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC20C0597
Agency Tracking Number: 205897
Amount: $124,789.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z1
Solicitation Number: SBIR_20_P1
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-08-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-03-01
Small Business Information
1037 Watervliet-Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12205-2033
United States
DUNS: 883926594
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Hooshang Heshmat
 (518) 862-4290
Business Contact
 Melissa Heshmat
Phone: (518) 281-4430
Research Institution

A compact single shaft, low cost, long life, maintenance-free turboalternator scalable from 1 to 10s of kWe for human exploration of the moon and Mars is proposed. Operating at high spin speeds and based on a closed Brayton cycle using a binary He-Xe working fluid, the device combines five key enabling technologies to achieve high cycle and electrical efficiencies. nbsp;MiTirsquo;s innovation is the seamless integration of 1) MiTi#39;s Sixth Generation low power loss; high load, damping and temperature foil bearingsnbsp; with high reliability and long life; 2) a compact single-shaft configuration that isolates the alternator elements from high temperature gases via a novel thermal barrier coated heat shield for improved thermal management; 3) a high efficiency direct drive permanent magnet high-speed alternator; 4) high adiabatic efficiency aero components; and 5) high effectiveness/low pressure drop recuperator. nbsp;The specific design has its heritage in an open Brayton cycle turboalternator with a demonstrated specific power 1.6 kW/kg.

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