High Speed Compressor for Subcooling Propellants

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$124,974.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX13CG09P
Agency Tracking Number:
124552
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
H2.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Barber-Nichols, Inc.
CO, Arvada, CO, 80002-2707
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
074072554
Principal Investigator:
Jason Preuss
Project Engineer
(303) 421-8111
jpreuss@barber-nichols.com
Business Contact:
Jeff Shull
Business Official
(303) 421-8111
jshull@barber-nichols.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
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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