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Oil-Free TurboCharger for AAAV

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 43909
Amount: $69,852.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1999
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
437 New Karner Rd
Albany, NY 12205
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Hooshang Heshmat, Ph.d.
 (518) 862-4288
Business Contact
 James F. Walton II
Phone: () -
Research Institution
 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th St.
Troy, NY 12180
United States

 Nonprofit College or University

Extending the life, increasing reliability and reducing maintenance costs of existing Military Vehicle Propulsion Systems as well as developing higher performing systems technologies is essential. The objective of this Phase I effort is to establish the preliminary design and feasibility of developing an oil-free high-speed turbo charger for the Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAAV). MiTi high temperature journal and thrust compliant foil air bearings combined with NASA high temperature solid film lubricants provide the fundamental technology elements that make oil free turbochargers viable. Design tradeoff studies will be conducted to establish the revised shaft and nominal bearing configurations needed to establish the oil-free turbocharger. Solid film lubricant coating manufacturing processes will also be identified and evaluated that will improve quality and reduce manufacturing costs associated with the required high temperature coatings. An optional task has also been proposed that will establish the preliminary design of the dynamic simulator needed in Phase II to successfully transition the technology to the AAAV main propulsion system.

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