Intercooled Turbo-Brayton Power Converter for Spaceflight Applications

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,958.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX11CE57P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
105310
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
X8.03
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Creare, Inc. (Currently CREARE LLC)
NH, Hanover, NH, 03755-3116
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072021041
Principal Investigator:
Jeffrey Breedlove
Principal Investigator
(603) 643-3800
jfb@creare.com
Business Contact:
James Barry
President
(603) 643-3800
contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Future NASA space missions require advanced systems to convert thermal energy into electric power. These systems must be reliable, efficient, and lightweight. In response, we propose to develop an intercooled turbo-Brayton power converter with high efficiency and specific power. The converter will use gas bearings to provide reliable, maintenance-free, long-life operation. It will also consist of discrete components that can be packaged to fit optimally with other subsystems, and its continuous gas flow can communicate directly with remote heat sources and heat rejection surfaces without ancillary heat transfer components and intermediate flow loops. Creare is well suited to succeed because we have a long history of developing advanced turbomachines, heat exchangers, and Brayton systems for challenging spaceflight applications. We will complete design analyses, trade studies, fabrication trials, and preliminary designs for the components and converter assembly during Phase I, followed by fabrication and testing of a breadboard converter during Phase II.

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