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Advanced Materials for the Design of Lightweight JP5/JP8/DS2 Fueled Engines for…

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 10T001
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Northwest UAV Propulsion Systems
11160 SW Durham Lane McMinnville, OR -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Advanced Materials for the Design of Lightweight JP5/JP8/DS2 Fueled Engines for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-10-C-0456
Award Amount: $69,983.00


Northwest UAV Propulsion Systems proposes using our purpose built heavy fuel engine designed and built in the USA for small unmanned aerial systems in the tier 2 & 3 class. We will be adding a lightweight ceramic material set combined with FEA (Finite Element Analysis) and heavy fuel atomizer (IRAD Project) to create a lightweight engine for a SUAS or STUAS class UAVs. The Ceramic material set is added to portions of the NWUAV 34cc engine to take advantage of performance enhancements like the ability to retain heat and operate at high temperatures. We propose using materials such as silicon nitride and enhancing the processing characteristics and properties of Si3N4 by using nanoparticle additions to micron-sized powders in polymer suspensions. Work will be performed by Oregon State University with engineering assistance and testing to be performed by NWUAV.

Principal Investigator:

Chris Pellegrino
Head of Mechanical Engine

Business Contact:

Joe Gibbs
Business Development Mana
Small Business Information at Submission:

Northwest UAV Propulsion Systems
2717 NE Bunn Road Mcminnville, OR 97128

EIN/Tax ID: 412036494
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Oregon State University
Industrial and Manufacturing
Corvallis, OR 97331
Contact: Sundar Atre
Contact Phone: 5417378272