Inter-Turbine Burner Technology Demonstration

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-07-M-2746
Award Id:
83139
Agency Tracking Number:
O071-ES9-1035
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1925 McKinley Avenue, Suite B, La Verne, CA, 91750
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
196694640
Principal Investigator:
Thomas Sobota
President
(909) 228-9950
thomas.sobota@apri.com
Business Contact:
Jane Sobota
CFO and Corporate Counsel
(909) 392-3152
jane.sobota@apri.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The development of an Inter-Turbine Burner (ITB) for improving the part power performance of small gas turbine engines is proposed. An Inter-Turbine Burner is a second combustor placed between the gas generator exit and the power turbine to "reheat" the engine gas stream before it enters the power turbine. The Inter-Turbine burner is used to increase engine power at the maximum power setting, permitting the core engine to be run closer to its design condition while at part power settings. Cycle analysis shows significant improvement in engine power at the full power condition with an improvement in specific fuel consumption at part power conditions. These characteristics are very beneficial in certain military missions. In order to be effective, the ITB must exhibit low pressure loss and several other components of a gas-turbine engine must be modified to optimize performance. In the proposed effort APRI will work with Honeywell Aircraft Engines to identify relevant missions and engines that can benefit from this technology, optimize engine cycle and other engine components, and detail ITB designs and their integration into small gas turbine engines. These designs will be based, in part, on APRI's prior work on compact trapped vortex combustors.

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