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Concepts NREC Announces Award Selection for the Air Force Research Laboratory and AFWERX Direct-to-Phase II SBIR

By Dave Pincince, Business Development & Marketing Director
Jun 24, 2024

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White River Junction, VT, USA – June 24, 2024 Concepts NREC announces it has been selected by AFWERX for a Direct-to-Phase II contract in the amount of $1,244,301 focused on developing an Integrated Cooling and Secondary Flow Design System to address the most pressing challenges in the Department of the Air Force (DAF).

The scope of Concepts NREC’s contract includes introducing state-of-the-art methods for the design, layout, and analysis of turbomachinery secondary flows in support of U.S. National Security objectives and under the counsel of leading aero-engine OEMs. This program will enable the design and optimization of critical secondary flow systems to a similar level of maturity that is currently available for primary flow paths. Concepts NREC’s work will also capitalize on their advanced CAE turbomachinery design software as the basis for development and provide full integration with the mature components of the software that are already available. The result will be a product applicable to all classes of turbomachinery and for all industries (both defense and non-defense related).

“Analytical methods have advanced to the point where there’s less and less potential for further improvements in the primary flow path.  Future gains in the performance and reliability of turbomachinery will come from better design of secondary flows,” comments Mark Anderson, Chief Technology Officer. “We’re very excited to be working with the Air Force Research Laboratory and AFWERX to improve the state of the art in turbomachinery design.”

The Air Force Research Laboratory and AFWERX have partnered to streamline the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) process by accelerating the small business experience through faster proposal to award timelines, changing the pool of potential applicants by expanding opportunities to small business and eliminating bureaucratic overhead by continually implementing process improvement changes in contract execution. The DAF began offering the Open Topic SBIR/STTR program in 2018 which expanded the range of innovations the DAF funded and now on April 26, 2024, Concepts NREC will start its journey to create and provide innovative capabilities that will strengthen the national defense of the United States of America.

“The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Air Force, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.”

About Concepts NREC

For over 65 years, Concepts NREC’s comprehensive, innovative, and integrated suite of products and solutions for turbomachinery design, software, manufacturing, engineering, assembly, testing, and training have given birth to products and ideas that are changing our world. From clean and efficient renewable energy and power generation solutions to propelling the most efficient aircraft and rocket engines, our services and solutions are paving the way to a sustainable future. Visit for more information.

About AFRL

The Air Force Research Laboratory is the primary scientific research and development center for the Department of the Air Force. AFRL plays an integral role in leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace force. With a workforce of more than 12,500 across nine technology areas and 40 other operations across the globe, AFRL provides a diverse portfolio of science and technology ranging from fundamental to advanced research and technology development. For more information, visit


As the innovation arm of the DAF and a directorate within the Air Force Research Laboratory, AFWERX brings cutting-edge American ingenuity from small businesses and start-ups to address the most pressing challenges of the DAF. AFWERX employs approximately 370 military, civilian and contractor personnel at five hubs and sites executing an annual $1.4 billion budget. Since 2019, AFWERX has executed over 6,100 new contracts worth more than $4 billion to strengthen the U.S. defense industrial base and drive faster technology transition to operational capability. For more information, visit:

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