Compact, Inexpensive, Microchannel Recuperators for Small Gas Turbines

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$149,878.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911W6-13-C-0011
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A122-080-0414
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
A12-080
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Small Business Information
Creare Inc. (Currently CREARE LLC)
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072021041
Principal Investigator:
Michael Izenson
Principal Engineer
(603) 643-3800
mgi@creare.com
Business Contact:
James Barry
President
(603) 643-3800
contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution:
Stub




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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