Barber-nichols, Inc.

6325 West 55th
Arvada, CO 80002
http://www.barber-nichols.com
70 Employees

SBIR Award Summary

Total Number of Awards 25
Total Value of Awards $5.32MM
First Award Date 01/01/90
Most Recent Award Date 06/17/15

25 Awards Won

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: H2.01
Budget: 06/17/15 - 12/17/15

Methane fueled ascent / descent space engines in the 10,000 to 25,000 lbf thrust class require deep throttle capability, placing unique challenges on the turbopumps. Previous engine throttle-ability studies have required both LOX and fuel turbopumps to operate at ratios of volumetric flow rate to shaft speed (Q/N) of 0.2 to over 1 for 10:1 engi...

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 12-2-H2.01
Budget: 01/01/14 - 12/31/14

The most promising propellant subcooling systems for LH2 require compression systems that involve development of significant head. The inlet pressure for these systems is typically on the order of 1.4 psia with a discharge pressure requirement above atmospheric pressure. In the past this has required multiple stages of compression by machines...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 12-1-H2.01
Budget: 01/01/13 - 12/31/13

Propellant densification systems for LH2 require compression systems that develop significant head. In the past this has required multiple stages of compressors running at high speed on grease-packed ball bearings with very limited life, large heat leak and questionable rotordynamic stability. This project will utilize foil bearings with an in...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N111-071
Budget: 05/09/11 - 03/09/12

The objective of this proposal is to develop technology which will enable electricity to be produced and stored by utilizing geothermal energy emanating from the fissures in the bottom of the ocean. Geothermal energy is abundant. It is estimated that 67,000 km of ridges exist in the ocean that contain geothermal activity (Baker and German, 2004)...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Department of Energy
Topic: 26 B-2011
Budget: 01/01/11 - 12/31/11

Development of new, more efficient gas turbine engines is a lengthy process of engine test iterations to maximize performance. This engine development cycle time is driven to a large extent by the manufacturing process used to produce the engine hot section turbine components. Barber-Nichols Inc. (BNI) proposes combining a newly developing rapid...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 10-1-X10.01
Budget: 01/01/11 - 12/31/11

Propellant densification systems particularly for H2 require compression systems developing very large amounts of head. Development of this head requires multiple stages of compressors running at high speed. In the past these compressors have run on grease-packed ball bearings with very limited life. This project will utilize special foil bea...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Topic: OSD10-EP1
Budget: 12/09/10 - 06/10/11

The intent of this project is to explore the feasibility of using a parallel connection strategy similar to a utility solution for the operation of multiple high speed turbo-generators in the 10 to 50 kW range. It is desired to connect the high frequency, 3-phase outputs of multiple turbo-generators in parallel to produce a single high frequenc...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N101-082
Budget: 05/10/10 - 03/09/11

The proposed advanced, compact, lightweight turbine-pump (ACLTP) assembly takes advantage of the available pressure in the overboard RO seawater stream via hydraulic Turbine expansion which provides additional boost and pressurization up to the target 1,200 psid at the RO module. The ACLTP boost is added to the inboard seawater stream being disc...

Phase 2 STTR

Institution: University of Alabama, Huntsville

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 09-2
Budget: 01/01/09 - 12/31/09

This project will demonstrate the benefits of a partial emission pump coupled with a zero net positive suction pressure inducer design to achieve robust, deep throttling capability. This pump application is well suited for 5k to 15k lbf thrust range rocket engines.

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Topic: OSD08-E12
Budget: 12/15/08 - 06/15/09

Barber-Nichols will be using state-of-the art aerodynamic and acoustic design and optimization tools to improve the efficiency and acoustic signature of a current cooling fan design. The efficiency and noise levels will be improved through multi-objectiv

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