Oil Free Couplings For High Speed Turboshaft Engines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-05-C-0024
Agency Tracking Number: A043-084-2811
Amount: $68,197.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-084
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
1037 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Albany, NY, 12205
DUNS: 883926594
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hooshang Heshmat
 President/Technical Director
 (518) 862-4290
Business Contact
 James Walton II
Title: Vice President Program Development
Phone: (518) 862-4290
Email: jwalton@miti.cc
Research Institution
The objective of this effort is to develop and demonstrate innovative oil-free methods of connecting future turboshaft/turboprop aircraft engines with their driven loads. To achieve these objectives, MiTi proposes a staged approach towards developing a lubricant-free coupling for foil or magnetic bearing supported rotors. During the base phase I program, MiTi will conduct tradeoff and a preliminary design of an advanced, lightweight high speed coupling system to connect future turboshaft/turboprop aircraft engines with their driven loads. These tradeoff studies will define the nominal range of design parameters, such as axial, radial and angular stiffness, coupling to shafting and gearbox stiffness ratios, etc., needed to achieve the program objectives. During the optional portion of the program, the results of the preliminary studies will be used to establish the coupling design to be tested during Phase II. Additionally, MiTir will review available in house test rig designs needed for the Phase II demonstration testing.

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