Integrated Vehicle Health Management "Intelligent Engine" Turbopump Concept

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9300-05-M-3011
Agency Tracking Number: F051-201-1698
Amount: $99,823.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-201
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2005-05-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-02-06
Small Business Information
PO Box 722, 16 Beaver Meadow Road, Norwich, VT, 05055
DUNS: 169816837
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Nicholas D'Orsi
 Chief Engineer, Managing Partner
 (802) 649-8710
Business Contact
 Ralph Hobson
Title: Project Engineer, Managing Partner
Phone: (802) 649-8710
Research Institution
Turbo Solutions Engineering LLC is providing this proposal for a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research Program. The technical objectives are to demonstrate the feasibility of the integration of real-time performance monitoring and diagnostics within a turbopump system, to provide operational status data, and to predict the remaining life of critical components. This Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) System would provide information regarding the behavior and condition of the turbopump equipment, which would lead to technological improvements, reduce the design cycle time and development costs, and enable the turbopumps to operate for greater durations between expensive inspections and overhaul teardowns. Turbo Solutions Engineering LLC intends to leverage existing technologies and experience from other sectors of the aerospace and industrial marketplace to develop an IVHM system specifically adapted for use within turbopump systems. The IVHM system provides direct measurement of the condition and performance of critical components including bearings, shafts, impellers, seals and casings in the turbopumps. This Phase I proposal can be leveraged in cooperation with Applied Astronautics Corporation's current AFRL Hydrocarbon-Fueled Innovative Rocket Engine (HyFIRE) program, which involves a liquid oxygen/methane turbopump development effort. The HyFIRE turbopump can serve as a future test-bed for the IVHM turbopump system.

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