Magnetically Compressed Ring Thermal Management System Demonstration

Period of Performance: 01/01/1991 - 01/01/1993

$499K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

IAP Research, Inc.
2763 Culver Avenue Array
Dayton, OH 45429
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

OUR OBJECTIVE IS TO DEMONSTRATE THREE COMPONENTS OF THE MAGNETICALLY COMPRESSED RING (MCR) THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM: COMPRESSED INSULATION, SPINNING INSULATION, AND COOLANT TRANSFER SEALS. THE MCR SYSTEM REPLACES TURBINE ENGINE DISKS FOR BLADE SUPPORT. IN PHASE I WE FOUND THAT AN MCR SYSTEM WEIGHS LESS THAN HALF A CONVENTIONAL TURBINE DISK. HOWEVER, HIGH TEMPERATURE SUPERCONDUCTORS (HTc) ARE REQUIRED TO GENERATE THE HIGH MAGNETIC PRESSURE. AN EFFECTIVE THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IS NEEDED TO OPERATE HTc SUPERCONDUCTORS IN A TURBINE ENGINE. WE WILL DEMONSTRATE THE FEASIBILITY OF AN MCR THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IN PHASE II.