Compact, Inexpensive, Microchannel Recuperators for Small Gas Turbines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-14-C-0005
Agency Tracking Number: A2-5434
Amount: $624,147.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-080
Solicitation Number: 2012.2
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Izenson
 Principal Investigator
 (603) 643-3800
 mgi@creare.com
Business Contact
 Robert Kline-Schoder
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: 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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