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Company Information:

Name: Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc.
Address: 1701 Military Trail
Suite 110
Jupiter, FL 33458-7887
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
Phone: (561) 427-6337

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $3,036,138.00 28
SBIR Phase II $8,445,152.00 12
STTR Phase I $99,950.00 1

Award List:

Hyperbaric Advanced Development Environmental Simulator 9HADES0

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jack Wilson, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $99,698.00
Abstract:
The overall objective of this DoD proposal is to develop an advancedmaterials and coatings test rig for the gas turbine industry for thepurpose of understanding how hot gas path materials and coatings willperform under advanced turbine operating conditions. Emerging missions suchas deep strike as… More

Hot Section Material Systems Testing and Development for Advanced Power Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Lindsay Morton
Award Amount: $99,832.00
Abstract:
72892S03-I Manufacturers of industrial gas turbines and military aero-engines are developing advanced turbine thermal barrier coatings. In order to confidently evaluate candidate coatings in both of these applications, an accurate representation of turbine engine pressures, temperatures, and air… More

Hot Section Material Systems Testing and Development for Advanced Power Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dan Davies, Mr.
Award Amount: $749,747.00
Abstract:
72892-Although materials and coatings are being developed for use in syngas-fueled turbine engines, no test system is available today to effectively measure their capabilities under representative engine conditions. This project will design a low-cost test rig that can be used to understand how… More

HIGHLY EFFICIENT TURBOFAN ENGINE AERO DESIGN FOR LONGER RANGE MUNITIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: P. D. Johnson, Program Manager
Award Amount: $68,595.00
Abstract:
Small expendable gas turbine engines historically suffer from poor specific fuel consumption (SFC) and high costs for military applications. These engines are single-shaft turbojets and their use in the propulsion system of future advanced munitions such as the Army's Non-Line of Sight Launch… More

Performance-Based Inspection Techniques for Turbine Engine Blades and Rotors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Susan Cunnigham, Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,169.00
Abstract:
HCF is one of the leading causes of engine failure in aircraft. Preventing HCF failures requires accurate determination and avoidance of resonant frequencies in design. Designers use a combination of finite element structural analysis and modal frequency testing to identify the natural frequencies… More

HIGHLY EFFICIENT TURBOFAN ENGINE AERO DESIGN FOR LONGER RANGE MUNITIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Sue Cunningham, Program Engineering Manag
Award Amount: $729,824.00
Abstract:
Small expendable gas turbine engines historically suffer from poor specific fuel consumption (SFC) and high costs for military applications. These engines are single-shaft turbojets and their use in the propulsion system of future advanced munitions such as the Army's Non-Line of Sight Launch… More

Physics-Based Pneumatic Hammer Instability Model

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Philip Pelfrey, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,974.00
Abstract:
Florida Turbine Technologies (FTT) proposes to conduct research necessary to develop a physics-based pneumatic hammer instability model for hydrostatic bearings operating in a compressible fluid. The innovation of the resulting model is to account for the extreme density, compressibility, and… More

Core Demonstrator for Highly Efficient Miniature Turbofan

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: P. D. Johnson, Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,988.00
Abstract:
Small expendable gas turbine engines historically suffer from poor thrust-specific fuel consumption and do not meet cost goals for military applications. These engines are single-shaft turbojets and their use in the propulsion system of future advanced munitions such as the Air Force's Battlespace… More

Airfoil Replaceable Leading Edge (ARLE) for Integrally Bladed Rotor (IBR) Sustainment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Brian Potter, Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
Florida Turbine Technologies (FTT), Inc. proposes the development of an Airfoil Replaceable Leading Edge (ARLE) for Integrally Bladed Rotor (IBR) fan blades that will increase sustainment. The proposed technology will allow the low-cost repair of FOD damaged leading edges without the need to subject… More

PHYSICS BASED CAVITATION MODELS FOR ADVANCED HYDROGEN PUMP DESIGN

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Frank Huber, Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,958.00
Abstract:
Cryogenic propellant pumps are often pushed to the limit of cavitation performance in the quest for higher efficiency and lighter weight. The accurate prediction of liquid hydrogen (LH2) cavitation offers a significant opportunity for improvements in LH2 turbopump performance and reliability. LH2… More

Advanced Combustor Designs Utilizing Inlet Swirl for High Acceleration of Gravity (G) Combustion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mark Harris, Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,990.00
Abstract:
Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc. is working to become a first-tier supplier of small gas turbines for military and commercial use. In this effort FTT will study concepts for a modified "high-g" combustor concept for ultra-low-volume, highly capable engine systems. Key features of this system… More

High Temperature Capability and Innovative Cooling with a Spar and Shell Turbine Blade

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James P. Downs, Mr
Award Amount: $99,945.00
Abstract:
Technology advances within turbine systems represent an excellent avenue for improving overall power plant efficiency. In particular, technologies that permit turbines to operate at increased temperatures and pressures are desired to achieve the specific performance goals. These conditions will… More

Physics-Based Pneumatic Hammer Instability Model

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Philip L. Pelfrey, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,763.00
Abstract:
The objective of this project is to develop a physics-based pneumatic hammer instability model that accurately predicts the stability of hydrostatic bearings operating in a turbulent, compressible fluid. In phase 2, the rig will be fabricated and assembled, design of experiment will be executed. … More

Affordable Thermomechanical Fatigue Testing under Turbine Airfoil Conditions in the Hyperbaric Advanced Development Environmental Simulator (HADES)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dan Davies, Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,914.00
Abstract:
Advanced gas turbine aircraft engines are designed to operate at higher overall pressure ratios, elevated turbine temperatures, and more severe duty cycles. Thermomechanical fatigue (TMF) is expected to be the leading failure mode for hot-section components in these engines, a behavior typically… More

Practical Conjugate CFD Heat Transfer Design Methods for Complex Turbine Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Downs, Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,985.00
Abstract:
Modern cooled gas turbine components are typically characterized by small-scale features (turbulators, impingement holes, and film cooling holes) and complex physics (boundary layer transition, separated shear layers from turbulators, and unsteady mixing of film coolant into the mainstream). The… More

High Frequency, High Resolution Infrared Health Management System for Rocket Engine Turbomachinery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Susan Cunningham, Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,949.00
Abstract:
The success of a rocket launch depends upon the reliability of the launch vehicle, with the riskiest part being the engine's turbomachinery. The top two life issues for turbopumps are the turbine blades and the bearings. Currently in turbopumps, there is no direct measurement of turbine blade… More

Airfoil Replaceable Leading Edge (ARLE) for Integrally Bladed Rotor (IBR) Sustainment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Stephen Edmonds, Program Manager
Award Amount: $741,849.00
Abstract:
Florida Turbine Technologies proposes the development of an Airfoil Replaceable Leading Edge for the repair of Integrally Bladed Rotors. The phase 2 program will design a first stage fan rotor with an Airfoil Replaceable Leading Edge feature. The design process will include typical Finite Element… More

Core Demonstrator for Highly Efficient Miniature Turbofan

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: P. D. Johnson, Program Manager
Award Amount: $704,180.00
Abstract:
Small expendable gas turbine engines historically suffer from poor thrust-specific fuel consumption and do not meet cost goals for military applications. These engines are single-shaft turbojets and their use in the propulsion system of future advanced munitions such as the Air Force's Battlespace… More

PHYSICS BASED CAVITATION MODELS FOR ADVANCED HYDROGEN PUMP DESIGN

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Frank Huber, Program Manager
Award Amount: $749,851.00
Abstract:
Cryogenic propellant pumps are often pushed to the limit of cavitation performance in the quest for higher efficiency and lighter weight. The accurate prediction of cryogenic propellant cavitation offers a significant opportunity for improvements in turbopump performance and reliability. Cryogenic… More

High Temperature Capability and Innovative Cooling with a Spar and Shell Turbine Blade

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James P. Downs, Mr
Award Amount: $749,413.00
Abstract:
The efficiency of future power production facilities must be improved to address the well-known problems of increased global energy usage and increased emissions from the combustion of carbon-based fuels. These emissions, carbon dioxide in particular, are increasingly accepted by the scientific… More

Affordable Thermomechanical Fatigue Testing under Turbine Airfoil Conditions in the Hyperbaric Advanced Development Environmental Simulator (HADES)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Daniel Davies, Program Manager
Award Amount: $722,319.00
Abstract:
Emerging missions such as deep strike as supported through the VAATE program are being designed to operate at high overall pressure ratios, high turbine temperatures, and for extended periods of time. A low-cost test facility that can reproduce those conditions is required to test the combustor and… More

Application of Advanced Refractory Metals in Revolutionary Turbine Airfoils

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dan Davies, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,934.00
Abstract:
This project will identify and screen refractory metal alloys and coating systems that would enable an innovative turbine airfoil concept to be used to increase the efficiency of the gas turbine engines used in Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power plants. In Phase I, engine… More

Development of Innovative Cooling Approaches for Robust Design

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James Downs, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,971.00
Abstract:
Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power plants are attractive alternatives to current pulverized coal technologies in large-scale stationary applications. However, in order to meet target efficiencies greater than 50%, the inlet temperature may need to be raised to 1500ºC (2732 ºF) or… More

Magnetically Actuated Seal

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Alex Pinera, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,922.00
Abstract:
FTT proposes development of a magnetically actuated dynamic seal. Dynamic seals are used throughout the turbopump in high-performance, pump-fed, liquid rocket engines for a variety of purposes. The most common applications are in the lift-off seal (LOS), inter-propellant seal (IPS), and balance… More

NDT for HVOF Coated landing Gear

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Appleby, Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,958.00
Abstract:
The effort proposed for this Phase I SBIR activity involves a feasibility study and preliminary evaluation of thermography for detecting defects in HVOF coated landing gear components. With key test data derived in Phase I, we will be able to offer recommendations for an integrated and detailed NDT… More

Core Demonstrator for Highly Efficient Miniature Turbofan

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Appleby, Program Manager
Award Amount: $349,931.00
Abstract:
Small expendable gas turbine engines historically suffer from poor thrust-specific fuel consumption and do not meet cost goals for military applications. These engines are single-shaft turbojets and their use in propulsion systems for future advanced munitions such as the Air Force's Low Cost… More

Recovery Act - Spar-Shell Cooling Technology Verification and Manufacturing and Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James Downs, Dr.
Award Amount: $149,917.00
Abstract:
To meet future power generation needs, Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc. (FTT) is developing an innovative design approach to provide highly durable turbine components that require the lowest cooling flow possible. The Spar-Shell Turbine Blade system enables the use of advanced, high-temperature… More

High Frequency, High Resolution Infrared Health Management System for Rocket Engine Turbomachinery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Stein, Engineer
Award Amount: $748,439.00
Abstract:
The success of a launch depends upon the reliability of the launch vehicle, with the riskiest part of the vehicle being its rocket engine. For launch vehicles fueled by pump fed liquid propellants, the highest risk component is the turbomachinery, with the top two life issues being the turbine… More

Magnetically Actuated Seal

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Alex Pinera, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,959.00
Abstract:
FTT proposes development of a magnetically actuated dynamic seal. Dynamic seals are used throughout the turbopump in high-performance, pump-fed, liquid rocket engines for a variety of purposes. The most common applications are in the lift-off seal (LOS), inter-propellant seal (IPS), and balance… More

Electromagnetic Rotor Torque Check

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Andrew Wall, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
In order to achieve a high payoff turbopump with a low investment, the modern turbopump in today's space propulsion program is required to have greater life, with lower maintenance costs. In order to achieve lower maintenance costs, the turnaround time between mission cycles must be kept to a… More

Hydrocarbon Leak Detection Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Garvin, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,960.00
Abstract:
FTT is proposing the development of a sensor to detect the presence of hydrocarbons in turbopump Inter-Propellant Seals (IPS). The purpose of the IPS is to prevent the fuel (RP-2) and oxidizer (LOX) from mixing by using an inert purge gas; however, a major risk of the IPS is RP-2 wicking into the… More

Automated, On-Wing Engine Airfoil Inspection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Scott Reome, Program Manager – (561) 427-6339
Award Amount: $99,981.00
Abstract:
The proposed research is aimed at the development of an automated on-wing method for failure prevention in gas turbine engines. Maintenance is presently the largest controllable cost in the gas turbine industry. However, failure-prevention action is the most common corrective response, even though… More

Rotating Cavitation Supression

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Frank Huber, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,941.00
Abstract:
FTT proposes development of a rotating cavitation (RC) suppressor for liquid rocket engine turbopump inducers. Cavitation instabilities, such as rotating cavitation, have caused severe damage to bearings and seals, fatigue failures, and even catastrophic failures of rocket engines. In addition,… More

Air Riding Seal Technology for Advanced Gas Turbine Engines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Jose Paulino, Mr. – 561-427-6376
Award Amount: $149,970.00
Abstract:
To meet future power generation needs, Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc. (FTT) proposes the development of an innovative design approach to provide a highly durable contactless air riding rotating-to-static seal. Rotating-to-static seals are critical components of all gas turbine engines. The seals… More

Miniature Actuating Guided Nozzle Mechanism

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Alex Pinera, Program Manager – (561) 427-6277
Award Amount: $99,956.00
Abstract:
FTT has designed, built, and tested a prototype of their Miniature Actuating Guided Nozzle Mechanism (MAGNM) for use with DACS thrusters. FTT"s MAGNM is a passive nozzle extension that surrounds the DACS thruster on a guide tube. When ready to deploy the nozzle extension, inert gas or… More

Air Riding Seal Technology for Advanced Gas Turbine Engines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Jacob Mills, Mr.
Award Amount: $999,877.00
Abstract:
Rotating-to-static seals are critical components of all gas turbine engines. The seals can significantly affect the efficiency, operability, and durability of a gas turbine engine. As such, any improvements to these seals are highly desirable. Improvements may come in the form of reduced leakage… More

Floating Seal for Turbopumps

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ken Head, Program Manager
Award Amount: $124,898.00
Abstract:
Cryogenic engines for in-space propulsion require innovative technologies to provide long-life, lightweight, and reliable turbopump designs. One area open for improvement is seals for rotating-to-static hardware. Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc. (FTT) is proposing the use of a floating seal for… More

Modeling and Optimizing Turbines for Unsteady Flow

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: University of Florida
Principal Investigator: Frank Huber, Program Manager – (561) 427-6245
Award Amount: $99,950.00
RI Contact: Corin Segal
Abstract:
Pressure gain combustion has the potential to significantly improve the specific fuel consumption for gas turbine engines by realizing a pressure rise through the combustor as opposed to a pressure drop. One drawback to this form of combustion is the cycl

Innovative Burn Resistant Material System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: John Appleby, Program Manager – (561) 427-6470
Award Amount: $149,923.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Liquid rocket propulsion systems require the use of high pressure LOX, and therefore have the need for LOX compatible materials. This is especially true in LOX turbopumps, which have inducers, impellers, discharge volutes, and housings exposed to or submerged in LOX. The high pressures… More

Advanced Recirculating Total Impingement Cooling of Turbine Airfoils

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Russell Jones, Program Manager – (561) 427-6311
Award Amount: $149,864.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The future of gas turbine engines needed for propulsion and power in small unmanned military aircraft will hinge on the ability to enhance the efficiency for low fuel burn while maintaining world-class performance. Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc. (FTT) is currently developing… More

Improved Turbo/Superchargers for UAS/UGS Application

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Tim Miller, Program Manager – (561) 427-6350
Award Amount: $149,949.00
Abstract:
Florida Turbine Technologies proposes an oil-free bearing shaft support system for an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) internal combustion (IC) engine turbocharger. During the course of Phase 1, FTT will design a light-weight high performance UAS turbocharger for IC engines in the 150 horsepower… More