Turbine Engine Weight/Maintenance Reduction and Reliability Improvement via Fluidic Controlled Inlet Guide Vanes (IGVs) and Stators

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$748,910.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-04-C-2494
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-2020
Solicitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF03-174
Solicitation Number:
2003.1
Small Business Information
TECHNOLOGY IN BLACKSBURG, INC.
2901 Prosperity Rd, Blacksburg, VA, 24060
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
003220998
Principal Investigator:
Stephen Guillot
(540) 961-4401
sguillot@techsburg.com
Business Contact:
Tamara Murray
(540) 961-4401
tmurray@techsburg.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
In order to maintain the desired high level of performance required by modern military aircraft operating under a wide range of conditions many military engines use variable inlet guide vanes (IGVs). As a result, a significant weight penalty is paid in the form of the IGVs themselves as well as all of the associated linkages and drive hardware required to actuate them. Considering the emphasis that the military places on the thrust to weight ratio of their engines, an alternative that would reduce or eliminate this drawback would be very attractive. In Phase I, Techsburg demonstrate the ability of a fixed-geometry, flow control IGV to replace the variable IGVs. For Phase II, Techsburg is proposing to mature this technology to a TRL of 5 through demonstration in a Honeywell compressor rig at the Compressor Research Facility (CRF).

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