High Speed Compressor for Subcooling Propellants

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX13CG09P
Agency Tracking Number: 124552
Amount: $124,974.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: H2.01
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
 Project Engineer
 (303) 421-8111
Business Contact
 Jeff Shull
Title: Business Official
Phone: (303) 421-8111
Email: jshull@barber-nichols.com
Research Institution
Propellant densification systems for LH2 require compression systems that develop significant head. In the past this has required multiple stages of compressors running at high speed on grease-packed ball bearings with very limited life, large heat leak and questionable rotordynamic stability. This project will utilize foil bearings with an innovative feature that will greatly increase bearing life/rotordynamic stability, drastically reduce number of stages and cost while increasing efficiency.

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