This work will contribute to the NASA Aeronautics Program goal of increased gas turbine efficiency. Efficiency improvements contribute to the national goal of reduced CO2 emissions. The commercial application for N&R Engineering is to provide design and analysis services directly to NASA or to companies working with NASA to increase the TRL level for engine components that further the goals of the NASA Aeronautics program. The structural analysis capability of N&R Engineering will contribute to reduced fuel burn. N&R Engineering has extensive experience in the analysis of SiC/SiC CMC composite materials. Because these are light weight and high strength materials, engine weight will be reduced as these materials enter into commercial service. N&R Engineering will provide structural analysis services to NASA and other companies to achieve the reductions in fuel burn per passenger mile enabled by lighter weight engines. N&R Engineering is experienced in the analysis of cooling requirements for turbine hot section components. More efficient cooling approaches further the goal of reduced fuel burn.
Gas turbine manufactures, and other government agencies are potential markets for the services provided by N&R Engineering. These services are likely to be used for specific issues associated with the turbine hot section. N&R Engineering has an extensive background in the analysis of CMC materials for high temperature applications. The requirements for military aircraft engines are very sensitive to engine weight. Military agencies and their suppliers are a market for N&R Engineering services. Since gas turbines will provide an increasing share of domestic energy production, the Dept. of Energy is also a potential market for the services provided by N&R Engineering. These services will contribute to the national goal of increased fuel efficiency, and reduced emissions. N&R Engineering intends to provide analysis services to industry and government agencies for the design and analysis of CMC parts, such as vanes, blades, shrouds, and casings for gas turbine applications. Cooled ceramic materials show the promise of significantly improving cycle efficiency for both aircraft and land based gas turbines. Consequently, the market for N&R Engineering services is expected to be large.