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Micro-ignition Components for Heavy Fuel Engines

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
86191
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O081-UM3-1042
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Precision Combustion, Inc.
410 Sackett Point Road North Haven, CT 06473-3106
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Micro-ignition Components for Heavy Fuel Engines
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: FA8650-08-M-2900
Award Amount: $99,925.00
 

Abstract:

Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI) proposes a durable miniature catalytic glow plug as an enabling component for the use of heavy fuels in small, high power density engines for unmanned applications. The use of heavy fuels in such engines will have a major impact on availability of fuel supplies for such small engines while also reducing fuel consumption through the gains in efficiency inherent to high compression engine operation. The hot, reactive catalytic surface of the catalytic glow plug will allow ignition of fuel-air mixtures at lower surface temperatures and compression ratios than required for non-catalytic hot surface igniters, and at extended conditions. This will expand the envelope of durable ignition and operation, and will provide a range of enabling benefits for heavy fuel use, including more rapid starting and better operability, lower required compression ratio, improved ignitor life, reduced energy requirement, and overall reduction in system weight and size compared to higher voltage ignition systems. It will help enable heavy fuel use in unmanned applications, support increased fuel economy, and reduce system cost. PCI's work will build on substantial prior development of catalytic ignition systems.

Principal Investigator:

Sharokh Etmemad
Principal Investigator
2032873700
setemad@precision-combustion.com

Business Contact:

J. K. Burns
President/CEO
2032872700
kburns@precision-combustion.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

PRECISION COMBUSTION, INC.
410 Sackett Point Road North Haven, CT 06473

EIN/Tax ID: 061184341
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No