Barber-Nichols Inc. (BNI) designs and produces custom engineered pumps, turbines, fans, and turbopumps for aeronautic, land vehicle, marine vehicle, and launch vehicle applications. BNI can design custom, or modify existing, hardware to accommodate a wide variety of military applications including: electronics cooling, engine cooling, environmental control, life support, nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) systems, process gas transfer, and weapons system cooling. Barber-Nichols designed and produced Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) hardware for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and Missile Defense Agency (MDA).
Barber-Nichols designed and produced the prototype engine compartment cooling fan for the Crusader 155 mm Self-Propelled Howitzer. This 84 horse power, single-stage axial flow fan has a discharge pressure of 61 cm (24 in) of water, and a volumetric flow rate of 23,786 m3/hr (14,000 ACFM).
|Model MPC-02-000 Engine Compartment Cooling Fan in Crusader SPH|
BNI produces the five-axis turbine wheel for the F-15 Eagle's gas turbine engine starter. These turbines are manufactured from Astroloy™ and require an 8 to 1 depth to diameter endmill. Additionally, each turbine requires eight hours of hand work before final inspection.
|Five-Axis Turbine Wheel for the F-15 Eagle's Gas Turbine Engine Starter|
Barber-Nichols produces a state-of-the-art air turbine assembly which is used on the U.S. Navy's Virginia Class Submarines.
|Air Turbine in Virginia Class Submarine|
BNI designed and produced a prototype dual-fluid electronics cooling pump for the US Marine Corps' Shadow Reconnaissance, Surveillance & Targeting Vehicle (RST-V). The vehicle is equipped with a tightly packed array of communications hardware, optical and thermal sensors, and range finding equipment. This complex electronics package requires ethylene-glycol and oil coolants. In response to this requirement, Barber-Nichols designed a single pump with two impellers which minimizes weight, space, and electrical power consumption.
Model BNP-18-000 Coolant Pump in the US Marine Corps'
BNI produces the Model 744000 (NSN: 4320-00-184-9007) Avionics Cooling Pump which is used to cool electrical systems on the C-130 Air Transport. The pump weighs a mere 4.3 kg (9.5 lbs) and circulates a 50/50 mix of either ethylene-glycol and water or propylene-glycol and water. The pump also operates at 400 Hz and circulated 15 l/min (4 GPM ).
|Model 744000 (NSN: 4320-00-184-9007) Avionics Cooling Pump in C-130|
Barber-Nichols produces the Model 815000 (NSN: 4320-01-206-4439) Marine Pump. It is a gas turbine engine wash pump on the U.S. Navy's Landing Craft, Air Cushioned (LCAC). The unit weighs 15 kg (34 lbs), pumps fresh water at 57 l/min (15 GPM), and operates on three-phase 400 Hz power.
|Barber-Nichols Model 815000 (NSN: 4320-01-206-4439) Marine Pump
in Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC)
The Model 817000 (NSN: 4320-01-304-6924) Marine Pump circulates Coolanol 25, and/or PAO in the MK 92 Fire Control System's (FCS) Combined Antenna System. The unit weighs 3.9 kg (8.5 lbs), pumps coolant at 26 l/min (7 gpm), and is driven by 400 Hz electrical power.
|Barber-Nichols Model 817000 (NSN: 4320-01-304-6924) Marine Pump
in MK-92 Fire Control System (FCS)