Innovative Bearing Concepts For High Speed Rotating Machines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-11-C-0454
Agency Tracking Number: N093-184-0866
Amount: $999,366.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N093-184
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
1037 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Albany, NY, 12205-2033
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hooshng Heshmat
 (518) 862-4290
Business Contact
 James Walton
Title: V.P. of Program Developme
Phone: (518) 862-4290
Research Institution
Based on the successful analytical and experimental Phase I effort, the MiTi Phase II effort will establish the detailed design of a high damping, high load capacity and robust debris tolerant compliant foil bearing technology for application to high speed rotating machinery including air cycle machines for use in modern military aircraft. The novel sealed, high capacity thrust and journal foil bearings are intended as direct replacements for the existing bearings, thereby minimizing and/or eliminating system redesign to accommodate the new bearings. Specifically, under Phase II, the preliminary MiTi sealed bearing designs will be updated and fabricated; a dynamic simulator and an actual advanced military fight class ACM will be tested with baseline and newly designed bearings under contamination and vibration shock environments to demonstrate improvements achieved with the novel MiTi bearings. A Phase II Option has been included to expand the vibration environment testing and to include endurance testing in support of more rapid use of the bearing technology in the field.

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