Compact, Inexpensive, Microchannel Recuperators for Small Gas Turbines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-13-C-0011
Agency Tracking Number: A122-080-0414
Amount: $149,878.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-080
Solicitation Number: 2012.2
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Izenson
 Principal Engineer
 (603) 643-3800
 mgi@creare.com
Business Contact
 James Barry
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Small manned and unmanned aircraft need advanced propulsion technology to increase mission capabilities and improve reliability. We propose to develop an innovative recuperator technology that can significantly reduce fuel consumption for small gas turbines. Our microchannel recuperators are built using advanced manufacturing techniques that will enable a compact, inexpensive recuperator to significantly improve the performance of gas turbines and enable them to replace internal combustion engines in small aircraft. In Phase I we will work with a major supplier of UAVs to select the optimum application for the recuperated gas turbine. We will prove the feasibility of our approach by designing the recuperator, demonstrating the proposed fabrication approach, and analyzing flow, heat transfer, and structural integrity of the recuperator. We will assess the key design trade-offs, optimize the design, and estimate the manufacturing costs. In subsequent phases we will build prototype recuperators and demonstrate their performance in the laboratory and integrated with a gas turbine engine.

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