Tribological Materials for Extreme Low Viscosity

Multi-Fuel Capable Hybrid Electric Propulsion: Area 4

Tribological Materials for Extreme Low Viscosity: The operation of propulsion systems with a large range of potential fuels will depend on the ability to move and pressurize fluids of widely varying viscosity and chemical properties within mechanical systems that are lubricated by the fluid they are transporting. We seek an understanding of the underlying mechanisms of failure caused by low viscosity and widely varying chemistries, as well as solutions to robust operation of mechanical fuel systems. These solutions may include new materials, material processing methods, and new concepts in fuel management.

ARL PI: Stephen Berkebile, Ph.D.,, (410) 278-9547 [Area 4]