NASA SBIR 2017 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 171 A1.03-9410
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Low Emissions Propulsion and Power-Turboelectric and Hybrid Electric Aircraft Propulsion
PROPOSAL TITLE: Advanced Superconducting rotors Coils for Turboelectric aircraft Propulsion

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Hyper Tech Research, Inc.
539 Industrial Mile Road
Columbus, OH 43228 - 2412
(614) 481-8050

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Matthew Rindfleisch
539 Industrial Mile Rd
Columbus, OH 43228 - 2412
(614) 481-8050 Extension :2043

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Sherrie Cantu
539 Industrial Mile Road
Columbus, OH 43228 - 2412
(740) 517-1938

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Low Emissions Propulsion and Power-Turboelectric and Hybrid Electric Aircraft Propulsion is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Future Turboelectric or Hybrid Electric aircraft requires high power density and efficiency power generation components for which superconductors are likely key enablers. Therefore, there is a need for light-weight, high-performance superconducting wire with sufficiently high operating temperature, is stable, and available in long piece-length for coil fabrication. Improved 2nd generation magnesium diboride (MgB2) superconducting wires potentially provide an order-of-magnitude enhancement in current carrying capacity, and offer many advantages in materials, technological, and engineering aspects over wires based on current state-of-the-art MgB2 and all other classes of superconductors. These proposed wires will be light-weight, low-cost, and have high engineering current density, operating temperatures of 4-30K, and long piece-length, potentially up to 60 km. This proposed Phase I program focuses on: 1) developing and improving 2nd generation MgB2 multifilament wires with very high engineering current density and uniform superconductivity properties over length, and 2) developing prototype rotor coils based on these improved wires. A two-pronged approach is proposed to achieve enhanced current density and uniformity of the wire: 1) maximizing critical current by alloying and modified heat treatment approach to increase the superconducting fraction inside wires, and 2) homogenizing the MgB2 formation reaction along each sub-element in the wire by modifying conductor design, and wire fabrication and heat treatment processing parameters.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Besides power components (i.e., rotor and stator coils) in future Turboelectric or Hybrid Electric aircraft, the next generation, high power density magnesium diboride superconductors can benefit a variety of NASA applications where light-weight and/or high-efficiency electric components are required such as generators, motors, cables, transformers, inductors, power conditioning equipment and ADR coils. Other magnet applications that these advanced magnesium diboride wires can be considered for include magnetic bearings, actuators, MHD magnets, propulsion engines, magnetic shielding for spacecraft structures and magnetic launch devices.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Manufacturers of large electrical systems desire to increase the efficiency, and decrease the size of their systems in order to reduce costs. Presently major manufacturers of transformers, motors, generators, fault current limiters, and transmission cables are pursuing superconductor wires to achieve these objectives. More recently there has been a growing global market for a new class of large machines requiring high power density (from 4 to 20 MW) including wind and wave turbine generators, aircraft turbo-generators, offshore oil platform motors, marine propulsion and generation systems, and portable emergency power systems. Another major application is in next generation 1.5T and 3.0T MRI systems where cooling by conduction, i.e. liquid helium bath free is enabled by these advanced superconducting wires.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Actuators & Motors
Air Transportation & Safety
Airship/Lighter-than-Air Craft
Processing Methods

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