AN INNOVATIVE STIRLING CYCLE REFRIGERATION SYSTEM USING FLEXURAL BEARINGS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Amount:
$499,950.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
1990
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
10924
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Stirling Technology Co
2952 George Washington Way, Richland, WA, 99352
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Mr Peter Riggle
 Principal Investigator
 (509) 375-4000
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
PHASE I WILL DEVELOP AND TEST A PROOF-OF-PRINCIPLE DEMONSTRATION MODEL OF A STIRLING CYCLE REFRIGERATOR OR HEATPUMP THAT USES NO CHLOROFLUOROCARBONS AND THAT EMPLOYS FLEXURAL SUPPORT OF BOTH THE COMPRESSOR ARMATURE AND THE DISPLACER. FLEXURAL SUPPORTS ARE LOW COST ALTERNATIVES TO GAS BEARINGS THAT CAN PROVIDE VERY LONG LIFE AND HIGH R RELIABILITY WITH NO RUBBING SURFACES. THE DEVICE WILL PROVIDE HIGHER CAPACITY THAN PREVIOUSLY ATTEMPTED IN A FLEXURALLY SUPPORTED STIRLING CYCLE DEVICE. IN CONJUNCTION WITH DOE, AN APPROPRIATE APPLICATION WILL BE SELECTED FOR THE PROOF-OF-PRINCIPLE DEVICE. THE PHASE I OBJECTIVES ARE TO (1) ASSESS SIZE LIMITS OF FLEXURALLY SUPPORTED DEVICES, (2) SELECT A TARGET APPLICATION, (3) DEVELOP A CONCEPTUAL DESIGN, (4) PRODUCE A CONCEPTUAL DESIGN LAYOUT, AND (5) SUMMARIZE PROJECTED PERFORMANCE FOR THE PROOF-OF-PRINCIPLE DEVICE. THE PHASE II OBJECTIVES ARE TO COMPLETE DETAIL DESIGN, FABRICATION, ASSEMBLY, TEST, AND PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF THE PROOF-OF-PRINCIPLE DEVICE.

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