High Seed Compressor for Propellant Densification

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CF16P
Agency Tracking Number: 104644
Amount: $99,814.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: X10.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
CO, Arvada, CO, 80002-2707
DUNS: 074072554
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jason Preuss
 Principal Investigator
 (303) 421-8111
Business Contact
 Jeff Shull
Title: Sales Engineer
Phone: (303) 421-8111
Email: jshull@barber-nichols.com
Research Institution
Propellant densification systems particularly for H2 require compression systems developing very large amounts of head. Development of this head requires multiple stages of compressors running at high speed. In the past these compressors have run on grease-packed ball bearings with very limited life. This project will utilize special foil bearings in place of the ball bearings and not only greatly increase bearing life but also permit even higher speed operation which will reduce the number of compression stages and increase system efficiency.

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