Starter/Generator Efficiency Enhancement for High Performance Tactical Aircraft

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-M-2874
Agency Tracking Number: F081-059-1254
Amount: $99,393.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF081-059
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
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/CEO & Technical Director
 (518) 862-4290
Business Contact
 James Walton II
Title: Vice President Program Development
Phone: (518) 862-4290
Research Institution
Advanced military weapon system platforms place a premium on subsystem weight, space and reliability, while demanding increased power density for ever increasing electrical loads ranging from avionics to advanced high energy weapons. In each of these systems the efficiency of the starter/generator is crucial and designs that will minimize electrical and/or mechanical losses are needed. The overall objective of this proposed SBIR program is to demonstrate the feasibility of minimizing the system mechanical losses such as windage and friction through novel design and integration approaches. Under Phase I, parametric design studies will be conducted, preliminary tests with existing MiTi high speed motor generators will be conducted and a preliminary design of a Phase II test facility will be completed. MiTi® will also assess the impact of proposed modifications to enhance power density and total system weight. Under Phase II, detailed design modifications to an existing MiTi starter/generator will be completed, the hardware be fabricated and tested under full speed and load to demonstrate the efficiency improvements possible by reducing the windage and friction losses. To ensure applicability of the results to the widest range of DOD systems, scaling tests will be conducted.

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