Metal Hydride Energy Source for HALE Aircraft Propulsion

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$749,946.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-10-C-0254
Agency Tracking Number:
08SB2-0958
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB082-064
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
Busek Co. Inc.
11 Tech Circle, Natick, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
184629491
Principal Investigator:
James Szabo
Chief Scientist for Hall
(508) 655-5565
jszabo@busek.com
Business Contact:
Judy Budny
Contracts Administrator
(508) 655-5565
judy@busek.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Busek Co. Inc. and the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) of Pennsylvania State University propose to develop a metal hydride based power system for High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) aircraft. This system will produce mechanical or electrical energy that can be used to drive a propeller. In Phase I, we selected the most promising propellant combination and designed a system around it. We estimate a specific fuel consumption of approximately 0.35 kg/kW-h. Taking into account uncertainties, our near term performance goal will be 0.50 kg/kW-h. In the first year of Phase II, we will develop the system architecture, conduct combustion experiments, and design a heat exchanger. We will then design and build a subscale, proof-of-concept system, and test it at Busek and ARL. In the second year of Phase II, we will design, build, and test a combustor on the scale of one that would be found in an actual HALE aircraft. Integrated testing at Busek and ARL will include a turbine and alternator. We will then design, at the preliminary level, a full-scale flight system.

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