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Date Heat Exchanger Project Application Brayton Energy’s staff experience

1980’s Automotive gas turbine engines (AGT- Measured serious leakage and seal ware while working on DoE engine integration
Rotating regenerators
100 Allied Signal) projects.
1980-82 Developed a novel periodic (valved) switching device for stationary regenerator
modules. Though very large by comparison with rotating regenerators, the system
Periodic regenerators Stationary gas turbines
eliminated seal leakage. Gas turbine integration, control problems, and valve
galling remain problems.
Furnace brazed monolithic Early microturbines (Lockheed- Performed detailed stress and life analysis of the Allied Signal product. Testing of
plate-fin (Allied Signal) Sanders) and marine (WR21) the GT601 recuperator revealed serious LCF limitations.

Early microturbines (Lockheed Performed detailed stress and life analysis of the Solar’s recup.. Testing of the
Solar Turbine’s PSHS
Sanders and NREC) recuperator revealed serious creep and fatigue limitations.

1992 In attempt to improve upon the Allied Signal design, the team worked with
Furnace brazed monolithic LIMCO, an industrial heat exchanger manufacturer, performing FEA and rigorous
Early microturbines (NREC)
plate-fin (LIMCO) testing. The results were similar to that experienced with the Allied Signal recups –
LCF and cracking problems persisted.
1980-1992 Working for Lycoming, staff engineers participated in durability improvements,
US Main Battle Tank (Lycoming, and
AGT1500 Recuperator production support, and development of advanced modular variant. This recup was
early NREC microturbines)
installed and tested on the early NREC/IR microturbine.
1992-2006 Our staff engineers led this advanced and successful microturbine recup
development program, from early concept to full manufacturing production. The
design solved numerous problems highlighted in the past programs (above),
MT70 Recuperator Ingersoll-Rand 70KW Microturbine
creating a strain-tolerant highly durable product. This required years of analysis
and testing at component and system levels. The design also represented a break-
through in high-volume manufacturing.
1999-2006 Our staff engineers had key rolls in this scale-up of the MT-70 recup. The product
MT250 Recuperator Ingersoll-Rand 250KW Microturbine
development program some new stress and manufacturing issues.
1996-2006 Our staff engineers had key rolls in this scale-up of the MT-70 recup. Analysis and
Rolls-Royce 22MW Intercooled and
testing for this extremely harsh thermal cycling environment provided the basis for
WR21 ICR Recuperator Recuperated Gas Turbine, Royal Navy
a solid understanding of the interrelated issues involving thermal fatigue,
Type 45 Destroyer
metallurgy, and manufacturing processes.
2001-2002 Turbomeca 1.8MW Gas Turbine This uses the WR21 core, introducing new challenges with engine packaging and
TM1800 Recuperator
Generator - Royal Navy aerodynamics.
1998-1999 This was an integration of the MT-70 recup with a Kawasaki gas turbine. The
KHI-700 recup Industrial gas turbine (700kWe) integration into an existing engine proved to be expensive and incurred significant
losses while introducing new package-related failure mechanisms.
1998-2004 Brayton developed and performed manufacturing process characterization of this
Closed-Cycle He-HE Power
large multi-core recuperator. The design incorporates the best technology from our
PBMR Recuperator Conversion for Pebble-Bed Modular
2005-2007 past experiences, yielding a exceptionally compact, and cost effective design. The
Reactor (Civilian Nuclear Power)
customer’s durability criteria were met by a wide margin.
2005-2007 Intermediate Heat Exchanger for Gas- This exceptionally high-temperature heat exchanger (IHX), subjected to extreme
Areva IHX
Cooled Nuclear Power Plant thermal transients was analyzed and evaluated with nuclear safety codes.
2004-2008 SolarCAT & NGMT gas Solar/hybrid gas, stationary and Brayton’s newest recup product lowers cost, and is more compact and durable than
turbines vehicular gas turbines current microturbine recuperators.
2008-2009 800 to 900 C gas temps from an This very high temp recuperator is manufactured from ODS alloys, incorporating
Indirect cycle HX
indirect (biomass) fired has turbine features to enable long life in a corrosive environment prone to fouling.