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Low-Cost, High-Performance Brayton Cryocooler

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-20-C-0169
Agency Tracking Number: N181-041-0262
Amount: $1,499,897.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N181-041
Solicitation Number: 18.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-01-02
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-01-02
Small Business Information
217 Billings Farm Road
White River Jct, VT 05001
United States
DUNS: 080084881
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dimitri Deserranno
 Senior Director of Engineering
 (802) 280-6126
 ddeserranno@conceptsnrec.com
Business Contact
 Brad Leiser
Phone: (802) 280-6147
Email: bleiser@conceptsnrec.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

The Navy requires affordable and robust cryogenic cooling solutions for use in High Temperature Superconducting magnet technology. While Stirling refrigerators are commonly used in the cryogenics industry, they do not scale well to large capacities and inherently exhibit significant vibration due to their piston-based operation. Therefore, Concepts NREC (CN) proposes to develop a reverse-Brayton cryocooler. Reverse-Brayton cryocoolers offer several unique advantages, such as high-capacity cooling at high efficiency, and long life without maintenance due to wear-free and vibration-free components. Indeed, reverse-Brayton cryocoolers are inherently high-capacity systems, and rely on turbomachinery with noncontact bearings, resulting in wear-free and vibration-free operation. During Phase II, CN proposes to fabricate the cryocooler components, assemble the cooler and conduct testing aimed at demonstrating Technology Readiness Level 5.

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