Optimal Turbine Blade Topology for Small Engines

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$149,811.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-13-M-2411
Agency Tracking Number:
F131-174-1720
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF131-174
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
Small Business Information
Spectral Energies, LLC
5100 Springfield Street, Suite 301, Dayton, OH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
782766831
Principal Investigator:
Sivaram Gogineni
Principal Investigator
(937) 266-9570
spgogineni@gmail.com
Business Contact:
Sivaram Gogineni
President
(937) 256-7733
sgogineni@spectralenergies.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
ABSTRACT: The proposed SBIR Phase I research program will investigate the optimization of turbine blades for small engines. The objective is to use a slot-type hole geometry for film cooling. This has long been recognized as the optimal configuration for cooling effectiveness. The research tasks will involve a multidisciplinary approach to optimizing the turbine blade to include the slot cooling holes while maintaining the required maximum material stresses. The research team includes a close collaboration with the University of Notre Dame and Honeywell. This team has the required design experience and working knowledge of engine conditions to ensure a high probability of success. BENEFIT: Improved component and system efficiencies as well as hot section durability continues to be of interest for all advanced gas turbine engines. The proposed Phase I effort will focus on creating a viable design that meets all of the constraints imposed by manufacturing, assembly, and reliability in a modern, small-scale, gas-turbine engine. The successful outcome of Phase I will lead to a Phase II plan in which prototype turbine blades are created and tested in both cascade tunnels and rotating rigs. The intent of the Phase II effort will be to bring a final, optimized design to TRL 6. The commercial products foreseen from this research are multidisciplinary design optimization tools and advanced manufacturing technologies.

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