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A Retrofittable Fuel Usage Monitor and Economizer

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
86083
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O071-E10-4033
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD 07-E10
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Barron Associates, Inc.
1410 Sachem Place Suite 202 Charlottesville, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: A Retrofittable Fuel Usage Monitor and Economizer
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: W56HZV-10-C-0079
Award Amount: $411,425.00
 

Abstract:

An affordable, retrofittable vehicle performance and fuel economy maximization system would have widespread application to military tactical and non-tactical ground vehicles as well as commercial vehicles. Barron Associates, Inc. and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) conducted a successful Phase I effort to demonstrate the feasibility of the Fuel Usage Monitor and Economizer (FUME) - an intelligent, open architecture vehicle monitoring and fuel efficiency optimization system. FUME will feature two primary components: (1) vehicle and engine health monitoring and (2) real-time operational guidance to maximize fuel efficiency and extend equipment life. Key underlying technologies include mathematical modeling of dynamic systems, real-time adaptive parameter estimation, model-based diagnostics, and intelligent usage monitoring. Integration of these technologies will result in a FUME architecture that unequivocally satisfies the stated SBIR objectives. The overarching objectives of the Phase II effort are to mature the FUME technology and to demonstrate a prototype FUME in a hardware-in-the-loop laboratory environment that includes a real engine and a real-time vehicle dynamics emulator. FUME will feature vehicle performance and fuel economy optimization algorithms that learn online, adapt to changing environments, tolerate inter-vehicle variations, and self-calibrate to accommodate inter-sensor variations. FUME will improve reliability, maximize fuel efficiency, and enable a cost-saving condition-based maintenance program.

Principal Investigator:

Jason O. Burkholder
Principal Research Scient
4349731215
burkholder@bainet.com

Business Contact:

Connie R. Hoover
General Manager
4349731215
barron@bainet.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Barron Associates, Inc.
1410 Sachem Place Suite 202 Charlottesville, VA 22901

EIN/Tax ID: 541243694
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No