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Hydrogen Wave Heater for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Component Testing

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX15CS03C
Agency Tracking Number: 144880
Amount: $1,748,993.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H2.04
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-05-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-07-31
Small Business Information
3 Scott Lane
Manorville, NY 11949-2623
United States
DUNS: 804033277
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Robert Kielb
 Senior Scientist
 (352) 284-6223
Business Contact
 Anthony Castrogiovanni
Title: President
Phone: (631) 801-2845
Research Institution

NASA has identified Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) as an approach that can provide the fastest trip times to Mars and as the preferred concept for human space travel. In order to perform component testing in support of NTP engine development, an efficient means for delivering high-flowrate, high-temperature hydrogen is required. Non-nuclear generation of the desired hydrogen flowrates and temperatures for ground test of NTP components and subsystems is problematic. ACENT Laboratories is developing a Hydrogen Wave Heater (HWH) for this application. The HWH is an innovative embodiment of a wave rotor. Wave rotors can be used as a primary compressor/heater or as a topping compressor/heater to multiply the temperature and pressure of an existing compression or heating process. These highly-scalable continuous-flow devices are capable of flow rates in excess of 100 lb/s and temperatures over 5000 F.

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