Bearing Analytical Software Development and Validation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-13-M-2407
Agency Tracking Number: F131-163-1759
Amount: $149,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: AF131-163
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
5072 West Chester Pike, Edgmont, PA, -
DUNS: 194358933
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Nelson Forster
 Sr. Engineer
 (610) 356-7161
Business Contact
 Lavern Wedeven
Title: President
Phone: (610) 356-7161
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: This proposal describes an analytical software approach to model rolling element bearings for gas turbines and similar drive systems. Detailed approaches for modeling bearing material fatigue life, oil churning, and tribology are presented. The resulting analytical bearing code will enable gas turbine engineers and designers to better assess engine lubrication system thermal loads and size bearings for adequate life early in the engine design process. The proposal contains a plan to commercialize the bearing analytical code for gas turbine engines. BENEFIT: Improved analytical software will reduce design issues in development and provide more reliable engines in production. The software will also be beneficial to other high end bearing applications such as rocket turbopumps and satellites.

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