Stealthy, Efficient, Light-Weight, JP-8 Fueled Hybrid Electric Propulsion System for UGVs
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
During successful development of small diesel engines and generator sets for the Army, DARPA, NASA and others, D-STAR has developed useful experience and technologies for small, compact, light-weight, high-speed diesel engines and power systems. DuringPhase I of the proposed effort, D-STAR will explore development of a JP-8 fueled hybrid diesel electric propulsion system for use on small Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs).Proposed Phase I objectives include : Discussions with the Navy project sponsors, and possibly with UGV design study contractors (such as GD-RS, SAIC); Assessment of the state of the art of hybrid drive systems and components; Design trade studies ofsuitable heavy-fuel-powered hybrid drive systems for the intended family of UGVs; Exploration of applicable technologies for suppression of noise, smoke and IR emissions; Evaluation of feasibility of development and manufacture of the hybrid drive system;and Development of a Phase II plan and a Risk Management Plan for the system and its elements. A heavy-fuel, low-noise hybrid power system would be an ideal enabler of vehicle designs that are unconstrained by conventional engine designs and drive-train layouts. It would also be usable as the prime power for small UAVs, as an Auxiliary Power Unitfor larger UGVs, and as a battery charger for squads and other teams of soldiers.Potential commercial applications include use as an Auxiliary Power Unit for small hybrid-electric road vehicles, and use as portable generator sets for use by emergency response and construction crews.
Small Business Information at Submission:
D-STAR ENGINEERING CORP.
4 Armstrong Road Shelton, CT 06484
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