Transient Electrical Power Response Enhancement for Turbine Driven Generators

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-07-M-0328
Agency Tracking Number: N071-081-0996
Amount: $99,969.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-081
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
3016 Covington Street, West Lafayette, IN, 47906
DUNS: 161183322
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Eric Walters
 Vice President and Senior Engineer
 (765) 464-8997
Business Contact
 Paul Krause
Title: President
Phone: (765) 464-8997
Research Institution
Airborne electrical power requirements are increasing significantly to support Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) sensors, electronic attack suites, and directed energy weapons for military applications. When the electric generator is directly coupled to the propulsion engine, relatively large electric torque transients are often introduced with dynamics faster than previously handled by the engine control system. These transients may have serious implications with regard to stall margins, mechanical stress, speed regulation, and available thrust. To address challenges posed by such transients, PCKA will partner with Rolls-Royce Corporation (RRC) to develop novel architectures and system control strategies to maximize transient turbine engine performance of a high mach missile system. In the proposed Phase I effort, PCKA will collaborate with ONR, AFRL, and RRC to define such architectures along with representative operational profiles. PCKA will create dynamic system models to simulate and analyze the resulting architectures. Simulation results will be used to optimize system controls to maximize transient performance capabilities of the turbine engine. If successful, Phase II efforts will refine MS&A results and support a hardware demonstration of the most promising approaches. If successful, developed technologies will ultimately transition to DoD programs under a Phase III contract.

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