ADVANCED ROTARY ENGINE

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 574
Amount: $497,038.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1984
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Material Concepts Inc.
666 North Hague Ave., Columbus, OH, 43204
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David M. Goddard
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Business Contact
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Research Institution
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Abstract
THE ADVANCED ROTARY ENGINE HAS THE POTENTIAL FOR HIGH EFFICIENCY AND DURABILITY DUE TO ITS LOW NUMBER OF MOVABLE PARTS, COMPACTNESS, AND EXTREMELY HIGH HORSEPOWER-TO- WEIGHT RATIO. THIS PROJECT CAN ASSUME THAT AN AUTOMOTIVE VERSION OF THE ROTARY ENGINE CAN BE MODIFIED AND DEVELOPED FOR USE IN BUSINESS AIRCRAFT APPLICATIONS. THE APPROACH IS TO MODIFY AN ENGINE BY REPLACING ENGINE HOUSING MATERIALS NOW PRODUCED FROM CAST IRON WITH A NEW LIGHTWEIGHT YET STRONG, GRAPHITE-REINFORCED-MAGNESIUM (GR/MG) COMPOSITE PARTS USING TRADITIONAL METAL MATRIX COMPOSITE FABRICATION PROCESSING METHODS. DEVELOPMENT AND MANUFACTURE OF A GENERIC GR/MG MIDDLE HOUSING SECTION FOR A TWO-ROTOR ENGINE IS INVESTIGATED, AND THIS PART IS DELIVERED TO NASA FOR SUBSEQUENT TETSTING IN ITS ROTARY ENGINE TEST FACILITY.

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