Low Cost Foil Bearing Supported Helium Circulation Fan

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$811,171.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00024-10-C-4169
Award Id:
92507
Agency Tracking Number:
N091-054-0537
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 09-054
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
49 West Dudley Town Road, Bloomfield, CT, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
798021085
Principal Investigator:
Giri Agrawal
President/Chief Engineer
(860) 726-1204
agragiri@rddynamics.com
Business Contact:
Dennis Burr
Business Development Mana
(860) 726-1204
dennisb@rddynamics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A low-cost, low maintenance helium circulator will be designed and demonstrated for use in High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) systems. The circulator design will feature an oil-free high-speed fan supported on foil gas bearings. The basis for this design has been extensively used and demonstrated by R&D Dynamics in other applications e.g. fuel cells, at very high temperatures, up to 700 deg. C. In Phase I the feasibility was demonstrated. In Phase II a working prototype will be designed, built and laboratory tested. In Phase III a full scale prototype will be installed onboard a Navy ship for extended testing.

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