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Company Information:

Company Name: PC Krause and Associates, Inc.
City: West Lafayette
State: IN
Zip+4: 47906-
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: http://www.pcka.com
Phone: N/A

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,195,982.00 21
SBIR Phase II $11,267,738.00 15
STTR Phase I $364,915.00 4
STTR Phase II $649,852.00 2

Award List:

Dynamic Simulation of High-Power Machinery Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Paul C. Krause
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Dynamic Simulation of High-Power Machinery Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Paul C. Krause
Award Amount: $596,305.00
Abstract:
A meaningful computer simulation effort in the area of high-power machinery systems could have a major impact upon the cost of developing these systems. It is proposed, in this Phase 1, to develop modular, detailed and reduced-order digital computer simulations for an example high-power machinery… More

Cyrogenic System Stability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Steven F. Glover
Award Amount: $64,601.00
Abstract:
Cryogenic components are being proposed for a ground-transportable radar (GTR) systems. Incorporating low-loss components into power-electronic based systems is a concern from the standpoint of system stability due to the inherent low resistance of the cryogenic components which may tend to… More

Multi-Level Heterogeneous Modeling of F22 Electrical

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Brian T. Kuhn
Award Amount: $97,440.00
Abstract:
Recently, PCKA personnel developed a modeling technique that will revolutionize power/drive system simulation. Therein, a detailed state model is automatically developed from a circuit description of the power/drive system component. This approach, which is referred to as an automated state model… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Brian T Kuhn
Award Amount: $749,869.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: PURDUE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Eric Walters
Award Amount: $399,852.00
RI Contact: Peter E. Dunn

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: PURDUE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Eric Walters
Award Amount: $99,930.00
RI Contact: N/A

Aero Propulsion and Power Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Eric Walters, Manager. Engineering Serv
Award Amount: $99,661.00
Abstract:
Complex engineered systems involve a broad spectrum of technologies and interactive subsystems that must work synergistically in order to achieve the mission goals. The design of such complex and large-scale systems necessarily involves the collaborativeefforts of numerous geographically dispersed… More

Aero Propulsion and Power Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Eric A. Walters
Award Amount: $749,969.00
Abstract:
Complex engineered systems such as the power systems of most military platforms involve a broad spectrum of technologies and interactive subsystems that must work synergistically. Due to the interdependencies between subsystems, it is becoming increasingly important to establish a simulation… More

Virtual Prototyping Vehicle Electrical System Management Design Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Charles Lucas, Manager, Computer and Net
Award Amount: $119,987.00
Abstract:
Complex engineered systems such as tactical vehicles and advanced weapon systems involve a broad spectrum of technologies and interactive subsystems that must work synergistically in order to achieve mission goals. Due to the interdependencies between subsystems that comprise the overall system, it… More

Virtual Prototyping Vehicle Electrical System Management Design Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Charles E. Lucas, Manager, Computer & Netwo
Award Amount: $729,983.00
Abstract:
Complex engineered systems such as the power systems of tactical vehicles and advanced weapon systems involve a broad spectrum of technologies and interactive subsystems that must work synergistically. Due to the interdependencies between subsystems and the ever present re-design process, it is… More

Integrated Simulation/Design/Analysis Infrastructure for SiC-based High-Temperature Power Conversion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Charles E. Lucas, Manager, Networking Services
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
In order to realize the full potential of Silicon Carbide and to facilitate its deployment in high-temperature power electronics applications, it is important to establish an integrated simulation, design, and analysis infrastructure to address the special considerations and numerous technical… More

Integrated Simulation/Design/Analysis Infrastructure for SiC-based High-Temperature Power Conversion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Charles E. Lucas, Manager
Award Amount: $742,799.00
Abstract:
In order to realize the full potential of Silicon Carbide and to facilitate its deployment in high-temperature power electronics applications, it is important to establish an integrated modeling, simulation, and analysis (MS&A) infrastructure to address the special considerations and numerous… More

A Noninvasive Sensor/Control Suite for Health Monitoring and Extended Life of Aircraft Generation Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: PURDUE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Eric A. Walters, Vice President
Award Amount: $69,996.00
RI Contact: Thomas B. Wright
Abstract:
Catastrophic failures in aircraft electrical power systems can compromise the readiness, safety, and capabilities of the war-fighter. In this effort, a suite of tools will be developed to provide a comprehensive prognostics and health management system (PHM) for aircraft generators and associated… More

Design, Analysis, and Optimization Environment for Directed Energy Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Eric Walters, Vice-President and Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,935.00
Abstract:
The primary objective of the proposed work is to demonstrate proof of concept for a directed energy system analysis and design environment. This analysis and design environment will be based upon Distributed Heterogeneous Simulation (DHS) technology. DHS allows the interconnection of models… More

Transient Electrical Power Response Enhancement for Turbine Driven Generators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Eric Walters, Vice President and Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,969.00
Abstract:
Airborne electrical power requirements are increasing significantly to support Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) sensors, electronic attack suites, and directed energy weapons for military applications. When the electric generator is directly coupled to the propulsion engine,… More

Optimization of Stator Tooth Geometry and Magnetic Material Properties for Enhanced Torque Production in Electric Machines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Loop, Mgr Engrg Svcs and Sr Engr
Award Amount: $99,966.00
Abstract:
The primary objective of the proposed work is to investigate design techniques to improve torque density, power density, and efficiency in wound-rotor synchronous machines. The underlying principle of the proposed design technique is to alter the flux path in the machine to increase torque… More

F-35 Three-Bearing Swivel Nozzle (3BSN) Door Actuator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jason Wells, Mgr, Engrg Services & Sr. Engr
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
The lowered cost of maintenance, lowered weight, and reduced installation complexity of smart electric actuators continues to justify the transition from hydraulic actuation to EMAs/EHAs. This SBIR proposal will extend the advantages of EMA technology into high-temperature, high-vibration… More

Advanced Heat Exchanger (HEX) Scaling Methodologies for High-Performance Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Alex J. Heltzel, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The well-known consequence of high-performance, low-observable, more-electric strike aircraft is the increased thermal loading that can ultimately threaten mission-critical components. The ability to efficiently transport the resulting waste energy to onboard coolants is now understood to be an… More

Design, Analysis, and Optimization Environment for Directed Energy Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Eric Walters, Vice President
Award Amount: $749,977.00
Abstract:
The primary objective of the proposed work is to develop a directed energy system analysis and design environment. This analysis and design environment will be based upon Distributed Heterogeneous Simulation (DHS) and Distributed Heterogeneous Optimization (DHO) technology. DHS allows the… More

Optimal Design and Prototype Development of Aircraft Generators with Increased Power Density

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Loop, Mgr, Engrg Services and S
Award Amount: $748,866.00
Abstract:
The primary objective of the proposed work is to investigate design techniques to improve torque density, power density, and efficiency in wound-rotor synchronous machines. The underlying principle of the proposed design technique is to alter the flux paths in the machine to increase torque… More

Affordable Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Power System Architecture

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Ch
Principal Investigator: Jason Wells, Mgr, Engineering Serv and Sr Engr
Award Amount: $69,998.00
RI Contact: Carol Stickrod
Abstract:
The primary objective of the proposed work is to develop an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) power system architecture that is simultaneously scalable to multiple UUV sizes, light weight, affordable, and adaptable. This will be accomplished through the development of "smart" power units (SPU's)… More

Efficient, Multi-Scale Radiation Transport Modeling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Alexander J. Heltzel, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,921.00
Abstract:
Focusing on a reduced-dimension problem of a hypersonic orbital/lunar reentry capsule, an algorithm will be built which combines the stochastic Monte Carlo method for treatment of radiation transport in optically thin to moderate domains, with a single-term modified differential approximation (MP1)… More

Advanced Heat Exchanger (HEX) Scaling Methodologies for High-Performance Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Alex Heltzel, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The current thermal management effort for high performance aircraft focuses much attention on more efficient energy rejection through the development of advanced heat exchanger technologies. PC Krause and Associates (PCKA) is currently filling a much-needed gap of scaling and performance knowledge… More

Dual Mode Electrical Accumulator Unit (DMEAU)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jason Wells, Director, Engineering Services
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The move towards more-electric aircraft continues to increase the complexity of electrical power systems (EPS) on modern airborne platforms. In addition to ever expanding peak and regenerative power demands, the flight criticality of the EPS also continues to increase as more systems become… More

A Virtual Interface Simulation System for Battle Command Applications on Multi-Core and Cluster Architectures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Charles Lucas, Vice President
Award Amount: $69,994.00
Abstract:
Distributed computing is used in a variety of fields and efficient data distribution among components is essential to the performance of such distributed systems. A new programming model that enables disparate software applications developed using a variety of different computer languages to share… More

A Market-Based Approach to Optimal Power Allocation in Electric Warships

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Aaron Cramer, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
The proposed work will investigate the feasibility of a market-based power allocation method for shipboard power systems. These systems will encompass more loads demanding more power in order to meet the U.S. Navy's current and future missions. As power is a scarce resource with alternative uses,… More

F-35 Three-Bearing Swivel Nozzle (3BSN) Door Actuator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jason Wells, Director, Engineering Ser – (765) 464-8997
Award Amount: $749,994.00
Abstract:
The lowered cost of maintenance, lowered weight, and reduced installation complexity of smart electric actuators continues to justify the transition from hydraulic actuation to EMAs/EHAs. This SBIR proposal will extend the advantages of EMA technology into high-temperature, high-vibration… More

Performance and Energy Management in High Performance Computing Systems Using Application-Level Behavioral Attribute Driven Techniques

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Charles Lucas, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed effort is to characterize High Performance Computing (HPC) subsystem interactions into meaningful metrics and correlates and, determine the correlations between high-level application behavioral metrics to power consumption in HPC systems. The proposed effort will also… More

Intelligent Radiative Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: The University of Texas at Austin
Principal Investigator: Alex Heltzel, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,991.00
RI Contact: Courtney Swaney
Abstract:
An opportunity to boost energy efficiency in homes and buildings exists through the design of functional radiative properties in glass and other building materials. Current surface materials ignore or take first-order approaches to complicated spectral behavior, leading to sub-optimal properties. … More

Simulation Environment for Power Management and Distribution Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Loop, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,889.00
Abstract:
The overall objective of this research project is to investigate an autonomous and online control structure for finite-inertia power systems (dc and ac) with a real-time system simulation embedded within the control. The dual use aspect of this research will be demonstrated by focusing… More

Variable-Fidelity Toolset for Dynamic Thermal Modeling and Simulation of Aircraft Thermal Management System (TMSs)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kevin McCarthy, Senior Engineer – (765) 464-8997
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The primary objectives of the proposed effort are to enhance, expand, and validate a variable-fidelity transient thermal management toolset. The toolset will be used to model hardware systems in order to validate the approach. In addition, the modeling capability of the tool will be… More

Robust Aircraft Electrical Power System Architectures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jason Wells, Director, Engineering Ser – (765) 464-8997
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
The move to more-electric architectures during the past decade in military and commercial airborne systems continues to increase the complexity of designing and specifying the electric power system (EPS). The addition of numerous high-power electric loads has drastically altered the dynamics of… More

A Noninvasive Sensor/Control Suite for Health Monitoring and Extended Life of Aircraft Generation Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Purdue University
Principal Investigator: Eric Walters, President – (765) 464-8997
Award Amount: $250,000.00
RI Contact: Troy Harper
Abstract:
Failures in aircraft electrical power systems can compromise the readiness, safety, and capabilities of the war-fighter. Furthermore, if the root cause for the failure cannot be quickly identified, this can lead to increased maintenance costs and potential downtime for the aircraft. In this effort,… More

High Density, High Efficiency Electrical Power Generation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Marco Amrhein, Senior Lead Engineer – (765) 464-8997
Award Amount: $749,981.00
Abstract:
State-of-the-art electrical starter/generator (ES/G) systems have become increasingly complex in design and integration due to significant power-demand increase in more electric aircraft initiatives such as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). They must provide high performance and high efficiency with… More

Simulation Environment for Power Management and Distribution Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Loop, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $700,000.00
Abstract:
The overall objective of this research project is to investigate autonomous control architectures for spacecraft power systems. Such techniques will be critical for deep space missions that face inhospitable environments, unpredictable operating conditions, and communication delays. The distributed… More

Intelligent Power Management Module for Autonomous Power Generator Operation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Marco Amrhein, Senior Lead Engineer – (765) 464-8997
Award Amount: $149,635.00
Abstract:
The US Army and Marines rely significantly on fossil-fuel based tactical power generation to provide electrical energy to deployed troops in small camps and forward operation bases. These generators are sized to support the expected maximum power but are often operated far below rated power due to… More

Frequency Domain-based Electrical Accumulator Unit (EAU)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jason Wells, Director, Engineering Services – (765) 464-8997
Award Amount: $149,997.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The move towards more-electric aircraft continues to increase the complexity of electrical power systems (EPS) on modern airborne platforms. In addition to ever expanding peak and regenerative power demands, several of the loads can introduce very high rates of current change (dI/dt)… More

Dynamic Time and Frequency Domain Modeling of Aircraft Power System with Electrical Accumulator Units (EAU)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jason Wells, Director, Engineering Services – (765) 464-8997
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
The movement to more-electric architectures during the past decade in military and commercial airborne systems continues to increase the complexity of designing and specifying the electrical power system. The addition of numerous high-power electric loads has drastically altered the dynamics of… More

Innovative Methods to Determine Thermal Capacity of Remaining Fuel Quantity Heat Sink in Real Time

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Alex Heltzel, Senior Lead Engineer – (937) 367-9017
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
PCKA has developed a dynamic, real-time thermal capacity algorithm and gauge for predicting current and anticipated fuel heat sink capability on a fifth-generation tactical aircraft. Relevant internal and external sources and sinks are tracked with prognostics and adaptive intelligence designed to… More

Air Cycle Toolsets for Aircraft Thermal Management System (TMS) Optimization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kevin McCarthy, Lead Engineer – (765) 464-8997
Award Amount: $149,998.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Modern military aircraft are encountering major thermal obstacles as a result of significant increases in on-board heat generation combined with a reduced ability to transfer heat to the ambient environment. Adaptive power and thermal management systems (APTMS) are being studied in great… More

Dynamic Time and Frequency Domain Modeling of Aircraft Power System with Electrical Accumulator Units (EAU)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jason Wells, Vice President – (765) 464-8997
Award Amount: $999,998.00
Abstract:
The movement to more-electric architectures in airborne systems has drastically altered the dynamics of power flow in the EPS with the addition of numerous high-power electric loads and has increased the complexity of designing the electrical power system (EPS). Such high-power dynamic loads may… More