NASA SBIR 2017 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 171 S3.02-9632
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Propulsion Systems for Robotic Science Missions
PROPOSAL TITLE: Adaptive Venturi for Monopropellant Feed Systems

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Physical Sciences, Inc.
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810 - 1077
(978) 689-0003

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Jeffrey L. Wegener
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810 - 1077
(978) 738-8164

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. B. David Green
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810 - 1077
(978) 689-0003 Extension :8146

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 1
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Propulsion Systems for Robotic Science Missions 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)
Physical Sciences Inc. proposes to develop a unique venturi for future monopropellant feed systems that uses a passively controlled throat area to adjust propellant flow rate. The adaptive venturi eliminates water hammer in monopropellant thruster manifolds by rapidly adjusting flow area to prevent pressure surges. These benefits are achieved with a one-to-one replacement of existing cavitating venturis without added weight, volume, or power requirements. Furthermore, the total lifetime impulse of the propulsion system will increase due to increased flow area during nominal flow conditions. In Phase I, we will optimize the venturi design and measure key performance metrics in full-scale flow tests. The Phase I will conclude with a miniaturized adaptive venturi design accompanied by performance analysis results. In Phase II, a set of geometric models will be created to meet the range of flow conditions required for attitude and reaction control thrusters, as well as divert/insert thrusters up to 100 lbf. Upon successful technology development under the SBIR program, protoflight components and venturis for ground testing will be developed in technology transition programs.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Successful demonstration of the adaptive venturi will have applications in any cost and weight saving efforts ranging from expendable and reusable launch vehicles to small spacecraft. Extending the lifetime and total impulse of DACS and RCS is a critical technology requirement for lengthening the duration of spacecraft missions. The adaptive venturi will provide for an advanced blowdown propellant feed system with lower pressure drop and increased useable lifetime, providing for longer missions that require orbit raising or station keeping.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The adaptive venturi can simplify propellant loading and priming operations for liquid propulsion systems in Air Force satellites and missile defense systems employed by the MDA, Army, and Navy. In addition to DoD monopropellant propulsion applications, the adaptive venturi will provide a simple solution for all high-pressure plumbing systems subject to rapid pressurization and water hammer. The adaptive venturi provides a compact in-line solution superior to valves and pipe extensions.

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.)
Maneuvering/Stationkeeping/Attitude Control Devices
Spacecraft Design, Construction, Testing, & Performance (see also Engineering; Testing & Evaluation)
Surface Propulsion

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