Development of Next-Generation Composite Flywheel Design for Shock and Vibration Tolerant, High Density Rotating Energy Storage

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,451.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-13-P-1204
Agency Tracking Number:
N13A-022-0365
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
N13A-T022
Solicitation Number:
2013.A
Small Business Information
Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc.
1037 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Albany, NY, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
883926594
Principal Investigator:
James Walton
Vice President Program De
(518) 862-4290
jwalton@miti.cc
Business Contact:
Melissa Heshmat
CFO
(518) 862-4290
mheshmat@miti.cc
Research Institution:
University of Texas
Josh McGrath
101 E. @7th St. Suite 5.300
Mail Stop A9000
Austin, TX, 78712-1532
(512) 471-6224
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The overall objective of the Phase I and Phase II proposed effort is to design and demonstrate the ability to develop a high-speed shock tolerant composite flywheel energy storage system (FESS) using a low cost manufacturing process. The Phase I tradeoff design studies will assess the FESS size, operating speeds and material requirements needed to achieve the energy density levels and charge/discharge rates. Tests of composite material coupons fabricated with the low cost composite material manufacturing process will be completed. Transient shock analysis will also be performed to establish the shock tolerant FESS design configuration and corresponding bearing support system. Under Phase II, the composite flywheel manufacturing approach will be validated through high speed testing. The overall goal is to verify the power and energy density gains and reduced footprint possible through effectively integrating the generator, bearing and flywheel components. To achieve the desired power and energy densities in a composite flywheel operating at speeds to 100,000 rpm in a shock and vibration environment will require robust, well damped and low loss bearings. UT-CEM as subcontractor will establish the composite flywheel structure and manufacturing layup, while MiTi will be responsible for system integration and overall fabrication.

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