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Compact, In-Line Sensor for Direct Measurement of Sulfur in Liquid JP-8

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A102-070-1999
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10-070
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place Pines Industrial Center Rockledge, FL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Compact, In-Line Sensor for Direct Measurement of Sulfur in Liquid JP-8
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911QX-11-C-0022
Award Amount: $119,927.00
 

Abstract:

Fuel cell technology has progressed to the point where fuel reforming and desulfurization has become the limiting factor. The platinum catalysts used in fuel cells are poisoned by sulfur compounds in the fuel. The proposed effort will develop a compact, rugged, in-line sensor for measuring total sulfur in JP-8 before it enters the desulfurization system. This sensor will allow better management of the desulfurization equipment and minimize its maintenance requirements (e.g., replacement of consumables). The proposed sensor is small, lightweight, and allows direct measurement of sulfur in the liquid fuel. The sensor is non-destructive and has low power requirements, making continuous, in-line monitoring possible. The technical approach will be proven out in Phase I, and a transition-ready technology demonstrator will be delivered at the end of Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Paul Yelvington
PI/Senior Chemical Engineer
(321) 631-3550
pyelvington@mainstream-engr.com

Business Contact:

Michael Rizzo
Chief Financial Officer
(321) 631-3550
mar@mainstream-engr.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place Pines Industrial Center Rockledge, FL -

EIN/Tax ID: 592744408
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No