Foil Bearing Supported Centrifugal Cathode Air Blower

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$99,976.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-08-M-2892
Award Id:
86123
Agency Tracking Number:
O081-EP3-1039
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
15 Barber Pond Road, Bloomfield, CT, 06002
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
798021085
Principal Investigator:
Giri Agrawal
President & Chief Engineer
(860) 726-1204
agragiri@rddynamics.com
Business Contact:
Dennis Burr
Business Development Manager
(860) 726-1204
dennisb@rddynamics.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The proposed technology will reduce the size and weight of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) power systems for unmanned air vehicle and munition (UAV) applications thus making future UAV's lighter and more fuel efficient. In addition, the proposed technology will further enable the Air Force's move toward more electric aircraft. The technological advance will have a spillover benefit to land and sea based vehicles utilizing SOFC power systems. A high technology cathode air blower will be designed and built in Phase I. The cathode air blower is able to operate at very high speeds > 100,000 rpm because the rotating assembley will be supported on foil air bearings. This high speed operation allows for a very small, light weight and efficient air blower which enables more power dense SOFC power systems.

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