Robust Rotary Union for High Speed, High Power Density Rotating Electrical Machines

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$299,579.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N00024-12-C-4109
Solitcitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Number:
2010.1
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2012
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
N101-063-0095
Solicitation Topic Code:
N101-063
Small Business Information
Beck Engineering
1490 Lumsden Road, Port Orchard, WA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
-05475818
Principal Investigator
 Douglas Beck
 President
 (360) 876-9710
 dbeck23@aol.com
Business Contact
 Douglas Beck
Title: President
Phone: (360) 876-9710
Email: dbeck23@aol.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
The Navy needs robust rotary unions for advanced high-speed liquid-cooled generators. Under an SBIR project for the Navy, we are developing a hydrostatic bearing/seal rotary union (HBSRU) to meet Navy needs. Hydrostatic bearings can operate at large radii with fast rotational speeds, so our HBSRU has room for large flow capabilities. The hydrostatic bearings offer the same advantages to our HBSRU that hydrostatic bearings offer to spindles of high-precision high-speed machine tools (including nano-precision diamond-turning lathes for optics): high-speed capability, long life, durable, reliable, large damping of shocks and vibrations, and dynamically stable. Proprietary designs give our HBSRU zero seal leakage. Our HBSRU uses materials that give our HBSRU graceful degradation to avoid catastrophic failures. In Phase I, we developed initial conceptual designs of our HBSRU and established performance goals and metrics to analyze the feasibility of our HBSRU. In Phase II, we will build, demonstrate, and test a prototype HBSRU. In Phase III, we will transition our HBSRU into generators for Navy systems and other systems in the government and private sector.

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