Aero Propulsion and Power Technology

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,612.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-04-C-2486
Award Id:
62462
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-1799
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
22 Meridian Road, Suite 7, Eatontown, NJ, 07724
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
095344755
Principal Investigator:
Lev Sorkin
(732) 544-1075
cackerman@ips-llc.com
Business Contact:
William Schatzow
(732) 544-1075
bschatzow@ips-llc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A Rolls Royce AE3007 Engine powers the Global Hawk UAV. In order to start the engine, an Air Turbine Starter is required. Since the UAV does not have an Auxiliary Power Unit on board, this engine could only be started on the ground. This means that in case of a flame out this aircraft could be lost. Therefore, the ability to start the engine in the air would contribute significantly to the UAV survivability. Furthermore, if the starter could also start the engine on the ground, we could eliminate the ATS and save significant weight and cost. Innovative Power Solutions is proposing to develop a brushless Starter/Generator, capable of starting the AE3007 engine, as well as supplying 500 Amps at 28 VDC. This generator will replace the current 200 Amp, 28 VDC brush type generator, which requires periodic (less than 1000 hours) overhauling. A Starter/GCU will control this generator. During the start mode the start converter will control the start sequence that will be tailored to the engine requirements. The GCU will control the generator during the power generation mode. Other significant improvements are extended life due to matching torque/speed curve to start sequence and reduced maintenance requirements.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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