Turbomachinery Research

Advancing Turbomachinery Technology

R&D programs are often initiated and sponsored by Concepts NREC to remain at the forefront of our core disciplines. Concepts NREC organizes technical meetings, participates in scientific conferences, encourages collaboration with the engineering community and academia, and offers participation in applied research programs in which sponsoring companies and organizations are encouraged to influence the program outcome.

SBIR Program

Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) projects are part of an exciting three-phase program sponsored by various U.S. government agencies. Each year these agencies release topics in published solicitations. Companies that qualify as small businesses, and are capable of both conducting research and development in these topics and commercializing the results, are allowed to submit proposals. Small companies can partner with larger businesses.

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Concepts NREC is a very active participant in the SBIR program, with a focus on advancing turbomachinery technology. Major funding agencies have included the Air Force, Army, Navy, NASA, and NSF, among others. Past and ongoing SBIR projects include:

U.S. AIR FORCE

  • "Advanced Determination and Control of Steady and Dynamic Excitations for Turbopumps using Magnetic Bearings" - Phillips Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate

  • "High Pressure (100:1 pressure ratio) Compressor Using an Axial-Flow, Mixed-Flow, and Centrifugal Stage with Interstage and Discharge Cooling" - Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

  • "Advanced Turbopump High Stage Loading, Enhanced Efficiency, and Reduced Part Count" - Edwards Air Force Base

  • "Low-Leakage Brush Seals for Rocket Turbopumps" - OLAC, Phillips Laboratory (AFMC)

  • "High-Head, Hydrogen Turbopump System" - Edwards Air Force Base

  • "Innovative Compressor Core Cooling Methods" - Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

U.S. NAVY

  • "System for Detection, Measurement, and Avoidance of High Cycle Fatigue in Turbine Engines"  Phase 1

  • "Reduced Diameter Centrifugal Compressor Diffuser Investigation" - Naval Air Propulsion Center

  • "System for Detection, Measurement, and Avoidance of High Cycle Fatigue in Turbine Engines" - Air Warfare Center (NAWCAD) Phase 2

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)

  • "Modern Design and Engineering Education in the Agile Engineering World"

  • "An Integrated CAD Package for Rapid Design and Analysis of Optoelectronic Components"

  • "Design-Based Developments for Pump Cavitation Control"

  • "Advanced Turbulence Model for Transitional and Rotational Flows in Turbomachinery"

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)

  • "Improved Throttleability for High-Head Pumps" - George C. Marshall Space Flight Center

  • "Dynamic Clearance Control Systems for Axial Compressors" - Lewis Research Center

  • "Integrated Turbopump Design System for Improved Performance and Reduced Cost" - George C. Marshall Space Flight Center

  • "Impulse Feedback-Based Health Management System for Aircraft Engine Systems" - Dryden Flight Research Center

  • "Automatic Optimization of Engine Component Design Through Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms" - Lewis Research Center

  • "Design-Based Development for Pump Cavitation" - George C. Marshall Space Flight Center

  • "Direct Calculations of Rotor-Stator Interaction in Turbomachinery Using the Space-Time Conservation Element and Solution Element Method." - NASA Glenn Research Center

  • "Thermo-Mechanical Analysis for an Integrated Turbopump Design System" - NASA Glenn Research Center

  • "Extremely High Suction Performance Inducers for Space Propulsion" - George C. Marshall Space Flight Center

  • "Inlet Cover Treatment to Enhance Zero NPSH Inducer Operation" - NASA Glenn Research Center

  • "Dynamic Transfer Function Measurements for Cavitating Pumps" - NASA Glenn Research Center

  • "Integrated Brayton Cryocooler for LOx and LH2 Applications" - NASA Glenn Research Center

 

    • "Advanced Determination and Control of Steady and Dynamic Excitations for Turbopumps using Magnetic Bearings" - Phillips Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate

    • "High Pressure (100:1 pressure ratio) Compressor Using an Axial-Flow, Mixed-Flow, and Centrifugal Stage with Interstage and Discharge Cooling" - Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

    • "Advanced Turbopump High Stage Loading, Enhanced Efficiency, and Reduced Part Count" - Edwards Air Force Base

    • "Low-Leakage Brush Seals for Rocket Turbopumps" - OLAC, Phillips Laboratory (AFMC)

    • "High-Head, Hydrogen Turbopump System" - Edwards Air Force Base

    • "Innovative Compressor Core Cooling Methods" - Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

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  • "Advanced Determination and Control of Steady and Dynamic Excitations for Turbopumps using Magnetic Bearings" - Phillips Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate

  • "High Pressure (100:1 pressure ratio) Compressor Using an Axial-Flow, Mixed-Flow, and Centrifugal Stage with Interstage and Discharge Cooling" - Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

  • "Advanced Turbopump High Stage Loading, Enhanced Efficiency, and Reduced Part Count" - Edwards Air Force Base

  • "Low-Leakage Brush Seals for Rocket Turbopumps" - OLAC, Phillips Laboratory (AFMC)

  • "High-Head, Hydrogen Turbopump System" - Edwards Air Force Base

  • "Innovative Compressor Core Cooling Methods" - Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Light Years Ahead

Sprocket Rocket lets you transform your rapid prototype into a beautiful design by adjusting every aspect to fit brand standards.

I am using Sprocket Rocket for my new project and love every bit of it. While the great design convinced me in the first place, it is also a professional template to work with in the long run.

Easy-of-use ensures new users learn to use prototyping tools.

Collaborate seamlessly across devices from wherever you may be – whether you’re in the office, on the go, or making last-minute changes before your next meeting.

I think of this as a design resource that really helps you find the vision on sections and pages that often can seem boring to design. It does a great job of providing you alternative options that you can easily extend.

From start-to-finish, the design and strategy team provide all of the guidance and expertise necessary to build a high-conversion website.

Superior Inbound Material

Quickly and efficiently build the materials you need to support your inbound marketing strategy. Drag and drop building blocks including testimonials, forms, calls-to-action, and more.

I've had the pleasure of working with Sprocket Rocket since its inception and find it to be an invaluable tool in helping modernize our HubSpot build process.

To connect with a customer, you need to stand out from the pack. Companies are already inundating consumers with emails and ads. We all get a constant stream of requests to purchase, download, buy or sign-up for something new.

Instead, you should position your landing page around something a customer wants and needs. It needs strong messaging that leads them through the page. And if you can get the flow and language down, your landing pages can get more quality conversions for one simple reason. They're valuable and easier to understand.

U.S. AIR FORCE

  • "Advanced Determination and Control of Steady and Dynamic Excitations for Turbopumps using Magnetic Bearings" - Phillips Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate

  • "High Pressure (100:1 pressure ratio) Compressor Using an Axial-Flow, Mixed-Flow, and Centrifugal Stage with Interstage and Discharge Cooling" - Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

  • "Advanced Turbopump High Stage Loading, Enhanced Efficiency, and Reduced Part Count" - Edwards Air Force Base

  • "Low-Leakage Brush Seals for Rocket Turbopumps" - OLAC, Phillips Laboratory (AFMC)

  • "High-Head, Hydrogen Turbopump System" - Edwards Air Force Base

  • "Innovative Compressor Core Cooling Methods" - Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

U.S. NAVY

  • "System for Detection, Measurement, and Avoidance of High Cycle Fatigue in Turbine Engines"  Phase 1

  • "Reduced Diameter Centrifugal Compressor Diffuser Investigation" - Naval Air Propulsion Center

  • "System for Detection, Measurement, and Avoidance of High Cycle Fatigue in Turbine Engines" - Air Warfare Center (NAWCAD) Phase 2

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)

  • "Modern Design and Engineering Education in the Agile Engineering World"

  • "An Integrated CAD Package for Rapid Design and Analysis of Optoelectronic Components"

  • "Design-Based Developments for Pump Cavitation Control"

  • "Advanced Turbulence Model for Transitional and Rotational Flows in Turbomachinery"

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)

  • "Improved Throttleability for High-Head Pumps" - George C. Marshall Space Flight Center

  • "Dynamic Clearance Control Systems for Axial Compressors" - Lewis Research Center

  • "Integrated Turbopump Design System for Improved Performance and Reduced Cost" - George C. Marshall Space Flight Center

  • "Impulse Feedback-Based Health Management System for Aircraft Engine Systems" - Dryden Flight Research Center

  • "Automatic Optimization of Engine Component Design Through Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms" - Lewis Research Center

  • "Design-Based Development for Pump Cavitation" - George C. Marshall Space Flight Center

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I came to the realization that we needed some objective insight.

We were working well with the OEM but even with our combined efforts, we were struggling to get a critical compressor to pass performance on their test stand. Although I'd never directly done business with Concepts NREC I was familiar with them and their capability so I chose to contact them when I came to the realization that we needed some objective insight. Concepts NREC fielded my cold call and immediately engaged their expertise in a complex problem that was also challenged by schedule constraints. They provided increased understanding of an already complex CFD which resulted in increased confidence that the proposed solution would succeed on the next test stand attempt (which it did!). We are pleased to have had the help of Concepts NREC and now have a well-performing compressor in our process.”

Bryan Barrington

Senior Advisor - Machinery Engineering

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