Innovative Onboard Power and Cooling Solutions
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11311 Cornell Park Drive, Suite #124, Cincinnati, OH, 45242
Abstract"The proposed effort will research development of an onboard 1 MW auxiliary power unit (APU) and cooling capability for installation on heavy aircraft. One important objective is that the total package that includes a generator, a prime mover, and anauxiliary compressor to weigh no more than 1400 lb. Such a solution does not currently exist. Development of technical objective is to be carried out employing a systems approach, keeping a focus on complete integration of all components, and balancingthe impact of the APU on the current propulsion system. This innovation, once developed, could provide a lightweight, scaleable enabling power supply and cooling capability for special applications including countermeasures and directed energy weapons(DEW). All four major turbine engine companies have endorsed the effort (pp. 18-19) and are a part of the team. A direct benefit of this research will be development of a lightweight, optimized APU for the Air Force DEW activities. USAF has focused muchof its attention on high-energy lasers (HEL) and high power microwave technologies (HPM), and regards the two as complementary to each other. In addition to destroying missiles, infrared countermeasures is another near term application for HEL. Thedevelopment of sophisticated missile seekers able to discern between flares and target aircraft has prompted the Air Force to seek solutions that damage the missile seeker rather than simply jammi
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