Advanced Development of a High Temperature Turbine Driven Power System

Period of Performance: 01/01/1988 - 12/31/1988

$250K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

AIR Turbine Technology, Inc.
6001 Park of Commerce Blvd
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Principal Investigator

Abstract

THIS WORK WILL PRODUCE A COMPLETELY INTEGRATED STAND-ALONE POWER SYSTEM WITH CONTROLLABLE OUTPUT FROM 0-12KW TO MEET VARIABLE DEMAND LOADS WITH MINIMUM SPECIFIC FUEL CONSUMPTION. THE HEART OF THIS SYSTEM WILL BE A TURBOALTERNATOR UNDER DEVELOPMENT BY PREVIOUSLY AWARDED PHASE II ACTIVITY AND FURTHER ENHANCED FOR HIGHER TEMPERATURE APPLICATION UNDER THE CURRENT PHASE I CONTRACT PRECEDING THIS PROPOSAL. THE POWER SYSTEM WILL ALSO INCORPORATE THE BENEFITS OF CURRENT PHASE I CONTRACTING BY OTHER COMPANIES TO REFINE FORMULATIONS OF SOLID PROPELLANT FUELS FOR GAS GENERATION TO SUPPLY COMPRESSED WORKING FLUIDS WHICH ARE EXPANDED THROUGH THE TURBINE DRIVE TO PRODUCE SHAFT POWER. A HIGH SPEED ALTERNATOR WILL THEN CONVERT THIS POWER TO A RECTIFIED AND REGULATED ELECTRICAL OUTPUT. THE ENTIRE SYSTEM WILL BE AN INTEGRATED, SELF CONTAINED "POWER CELL" CAPABLE OF AUTONOMOUS INSTALLATION IN WEAPONS, VEHICLES, AND SPACECRAFT. ATTENDANT STUDY WILL TARGET ALTERNATE FUELS AND MULTIFUELED GAS GENERATORS, INCREASED TEMPERATURE LIMITS OF COMPONENTS, INCREASED POWER DENSITY, AND INCREASED POWER TO WEIGHT RATIO.