Lori J. Rachul
NASA Glenn Awards Contracts for Development of Fuel Injectors
Five contracts, totaling $12.5 million, were awarded as part of NASA Glenn Research Center’s Ultra-Efficient Engine Technology (UEET) program, for the development of revolutionary fuel injector/mixers for future aircraft engine low-emission combustors.
The companies selected include Aerojet of Sacramento, CA; BFGoodrich Aerospace of Des Moines, IA; Parker Hannifin Corporation of Andover, OH; Sun Valley Technology Inc. of Warrensville Hts., OH; and Woodward FST, Inc. of Zeeland, MI. The contract value for each is $2.5 million over the next five years.
The fuel/injector mixers designed and developed at each company will then be tested in advanced combustor concepts at Glenn. Emissions measurements will be taken to see if they are reducing landing/takeoff NOx emissions by 70%, relative to 1996 International Civil Aviation Organization standards, with no increase in other emission constituents such as carbon monoxide and unburned hydrocarbons.
“Fuel injectors/mixers are critical components in advanced combustor concepts,” said Robert J. Shaw, UEET program manager. “Revolutionary approaches need to be undertaken to achieve the ambitious low-emission goals.”
The UEET program, managed by the Glenn Research Center, is developing high-payoff, high-risk technologies that will enable the next breakthroughs in propulsion systems. The products from UEET will enable a new generation of high performance, operationally efficient and economical, reliable and environmentally compatible U.S. aircraft.
More information on the UEET program can be found on the Internet at:
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