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Additive Manufacturing Applied to LOX - Methane Turbopumps

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Additive Manufacturing Applied to LOX - Methane Turbopumps, Phase I
Florida Turbine Technologies' (FTT) proposes an Additively Manufactured Modular Pump (AMMP) to provide a major leap forward in the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of combined Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies to dramatically reduce the cost, development lead time and subsequent deployment of a scalable, modular turbopump for rocket engine developers. This Phase I program will take the initial steps that will result in a test-ready, 10,000 pound thrust (10k) class LOX-Methane turbopump by the end of Phase II. Not only will this design demonstrate the significant savings in cost and time that can be realized with AM technologies, the proposed concept is designed to be inherently throttleable, will demonstrate high speed, high margin impellers, eliminates many traditional sources of leakage, and operates with propellant lubricated bearings. More »

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