Turbines

Small Engines for Cruise Missiles and UAVs

Kratos Turbine Technologies (KTT) is focused on the development and production of small, affordable, high-performance jet engines for cruise missiles and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). KTT is working on multiple programs and initiatives to lower the price of future engines while maintaining the high engine performance necessary to meet aggressive mission objectives. The engines are being designed to accommodate the needs of future expendable and attritable applications, where low cost and high-performance propulsion is required to provide a differentiated capability. The intent is to provide propulsion systems that can be purchased in mass for advanced cruise missiles and UAVs, to overwhelm adversaries with a volumetric effect.

Small Engines for Cruise Missiles and UAVs

Liquid Rocket Turbopumps & Electric Pumps

Liquid Rocket Turbopumps & Electric Pumps

Kratos designs, builds, and tests space and derivative technologies, including liquid rocket engine turbopumps, turbo-generators, boost pumps, electric pumps, oil-less turbochargers, as well as coatings and additive technologies. We have extensive experience with liquid hydrogen, methane, oxygen, RP-1 & RP-2, as well as hypergolic and super critical CO2 systems. Kratos’ capabilities range from hydraulic turbines, to extreme pressure and temperature gas turbines. We develop electrically driven pumps with submerged cryogenic motors, such as an in-line liquid hydrogen boost pump, designed to be submerged in the liquid hydrogen tank and deliver sub-cooled hydrogen to the main engine. The power density and resultant pressures in these products is what sets them apart.

All analysis is conducted in-house using well-calibrated codes. We can model every aspect of the turbopump, including: pump and turbine flow path, rotordynamics, bearings (rolling element and hydrostatic), thrust balance and secondary flows, structural and heat transfer, steady state and transient modeling, as well as mechanical design and product definition. From prototypes to production units, Kratos is capable of manufacturing all turbopump components, including assembly, instrumentation, and support testing.

Sonic Infrared (IR) Inspection System

Kratos is now offering its revolutionary Sonic Infrared (IR) Inspection System to commercial aerospace customers. Sonic IR uses vibroacoustic thermography to detect dangerous defects, such as surface cracks, cracks undercoatings, kissing bonds, and de-laminations. Decades of research and application development have shown this automated nondestructive testing method to be highly reliable and cost-effective.

Sonic IR works on a wide range of part sizes and geometries that can be momentarily excited with low levels of high-frequency vibration. Crack-like defects create heat due to friction along the crack tip and faces. This very small heat release is detected with an extremely sensitive infrared camera, positioned to monitor a broad area. A video clip of the thermal event is recorded and post-processed to immediately display suspect defect locations to the operator or the results of an automated accept or reject call. Saving the electronic data ensures that each inspection was properly conducted and evaluated.

Sonic IR offers several practical advantages over conventional nondestructive testing. There is minimal need for pretest cleaning and coating removal is unnecessary. The complete inspection cycle typically takes under a minute to load or unload, inspect, post-process and display. The process is also environmentally-friendly, requiring no developer powders, and no special surface penetrants.

Sonic Infrared (IR) Inspection System

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