Compact, Inexpensive, Microchannel Recuperators for Small Gas Turbines

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$624,147.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911W6-14-C-0005
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-5434
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
A12-080
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Small Business Information
Creare Inc. (Currently CREARE LLC)
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072021041
Principal Investigator:
Michael Izenson
Principal Investigator
(603) 643-3800
mgi@creare.com
Business Contact:
Robert Kline-Schoder
President
(603) 643-3800
contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Increased mission endurance is a critical requirement for many unmanned air vehicles, leading to a need for new propulsion technology. This project aims to enable increased mission endurance by developing advanced recuperators that will reduce fuel consumption and significantly expand the mission envelopes for turboshaft-powered UAVs. Creare"s innovative recuperator design enables highly efficient heat transfer, which results in very compact cores with low pressure losses. Simple fabrication and assembly methods enable these heat exchangers to be built at low cost. Our fabrication approach enables the recuperator to conform with available space around the engine, which shrinks the overall envelope. In Phase I we proved the feasibility of our approach through fabrication trials, proof-of-concept experiments with sample recuperator cores, design of a prototype core, and assessment of benefits compared with conventional technology. In Phase II, we will scale up fabrication methods, demonstrate thermomechanical and thermal performance, and design and produce a full-size prototype. We will deliver this recuperator to the Army at the conclusion of Phase II for engine testing and evaluation.

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