Space Propulsion

Concepts NREC has been developing rocket turbopump technology and hardware for over 35 years for NASA and the US Air Force as well as for private launch companies. This advanced level R&D work backs our strong reputation in the area of high performance and wide range/high throttleability turbopumps, and has established Concepts NREC as a premier resource of rocket turbopumps for a range of applications. 

Design/Test

Concepts NREC has extensive design experience for conventional turbine driven rocket turbopumps as well as e-pumps (electric motor-driven pumps), propulsion pumps, and hydraulic turbopumps for rocket flight controls.     

We cover all aspects of pump design, including wide range and throttleability, as well as ultra high suction specific speeds, design for manufacturing and assembly, and design/fabrication using additive manufacturing. Concepts NREC also has some very unique capabilities with respect to testing of pump impellers and inducers.

Pogo test rig for rockets at Concepts NREC

 

In-house magnetic bearing-based pump test loop for axial & radial thrust measurement, rotor dynamic, transfer function, cavitation, & hydrodynamic performance testing of RTPs.

Motor driven cryogenic propellant pump

 

E-pump, motor-driven cryogenic pump for propulsion applications

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Stable wide flow range inducers and extremely high Nss inducers.

 

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Why do rockets use turbopumps?

History Of Turbopumps

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Concepts NREC’s History With Turbopumps

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Rocket Turbopump Projects

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Link Reference: Link: Top Five Coolest Turbomachinery Applications - Concepts NREC

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Different Types Of Turbopumps

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Conventional Turbopump

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Design/Test

Concepts NREC has extensive design experience for conventional turbine driven rocket turbopumps as well as e-pumps (electric motor-driven pumps), propulsion pumps, and hydraulic turbopumps for rocket flight controls.      

Pogo test rig for rockets at Concepts NREC

In-house magnetic bearing based pump test loop for axial and radial thrust measurement, rotor dynamic, transfer function, cavitation, and hydrodynamic performance testing of rocket turbopumps

      

Motor driven cryogenic propellant pump

E-pump, motor-driven cryogenic pump for propulsion applications

We cover all aspects of pump design, including wide range and throttleability, as well as ultra high suction specific speeds, design for manufacturing and assembly, and design/fabrication using additive manufacturing. Concepts NREC also has some very unique capabilities with respect to testing of pump impellers and inducers.

Stable wide flow range inducers and extremely high Nss inducers

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Related SBIR Projects

  • Advanced Determination and Control of Steady and Dynamic Excitation for Turbopumps using Magnetics Bearings
  • Advanced Turbopump High-Stage Loading, Enhanced Efficiency, and Reduced Part Count
  • Design-Based Development for Pump Cavitation Control (NASA and NSF)
  • Improved Throttleability for High-Head Pumps (NASA)
  • Low-leakage Brush Seals for Rocket Turbopumps
  • Integrated Turbopump Design System for Improved Performance and Reduced Cost
  • Thermo-Mechanical Analysis for an Integrated Turbopump Design System (NASA)
  • High Suction Specific Speed Inducers for Cryogenic Upper Stage Engines (AFRL)
  • Inducer Dynamic Transfer Functions (NASA)
  • Knowledge-Based Multidisciplinary Optimization of Rocket Turbopump Design (AFRL)

Related R&D Programs

  • Air Force USET
  • TR108 LOX/JP10, 30K lpf
  • TR107 LOX/RP, 250K lbf
  • Rapid design of low-cost turbopumps
    • LOX/LH2 pump conceptual design
    • LOX/Methane pump design through PDR
  • Integrated Modular Machine
    • LOX/Methane
    • Turbopump design through conceptual design review
  • Thrust Augmented Nozzle (TAN) studies
    • HC/LOX booster application
    • Trade studies and preliminary scoping of required turbomachinery
  • Air Force TPA Additive Manufacturing for Reduced Costs
  • Proprietary turbopump development projects for most of the leading established and emerging aerospace companies

Design Software Solution for Turbopumps

Concepts NREC is the leading developer and supplier of advanced turbomachinery CAE and CAM design software. The Agile™ Engineering System package of meanline code and blade geometry-generating code for radial and axial turbo pumps are offered at entry, advanced, and expert level packages, with options for specialized fluid libraries and product add-ons.

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Our specialized turbomachinery software is powerful and accurate, proven throughout more than 35 years of development, calibration, and extensive use in cutting-edge rocket turbopump designs. 

Manufacturing A Rocket Turbopump

Concepts NREC is experienced in the manufacturing of rocket turbopump components and entire turbopump assemblies. We are currently producing rocket turbopumps for major launch companies as well as newer launch start-ups. In addition to traditional turbine driven pumps, we also offer an e-pump product for smaller thrust category engines.

 

 

Proven Expertise

The full power and benefit of our turbomachinery design & manufacturing software suite is realized when the various modules are used together. The suite seamlessly transfers information between modules with the click of a button, saving time and eliminating the possibility of transfer errors. It also facilitates easy transfer at any step of the process to all major CAD formats and other third-party CFD and FEA packages.
 
Final designs can then be easily imported into our industry-leading CAM software, MAX-PAC, to create efficient 5-axis machining solutions.
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Agile Products Support (APS)

APS is Concepts NREC’s software maintenance and support program that elevates us from just a software provider to a valued partner. 

An APS subscription is included with all annual licenses and is a highly-recommended option for perpetual software licenses. Every software customer is supported for one month following purchase for any installation questions that may arise. Learn more on the Agile Products Support Membership Benefits Datasheet

  • Free software updates
  • One business day response times
  • Expert technical assistance
  • Major discounts on software workshops
  • Discounted professional development course
  • Annual balloting system for development planning
  • Annual Meetings
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