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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:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-5018
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10-070
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place Rockledge, FL 32955-5327
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Compact, In-Line Sensor for Direct Measurement of Sulfur in Liquid JP-8
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911QX-13-C-0005
Award Amount: $729,933.00
 

Abstract:

Fuel cell technology has progressed to the point where fuel desulfurization and reforming have become the limiting factors. Both solid-oxide and polymer-electrolyte-membrane fuel cells are poisoned by sulfur compounds in the fuel. This Phase II effort will develop a compact, rugged, in-line sensor for measuring total sulfur in JP-8 as it enters the desulfurizer. This sensor will allow better management of the desulfurization equipment and minimize maintenance requirements (e.g., scheduling of regeneration, replacement of consumables). The 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. Technical feasibility was demonstrated in Phase I with real-world JP-8 fuel samples. In Phase II, the sensor will be fine tuned, ruggedized, packaged for use with a JP-8 fuel cell APU, and demonstrated as part of a control strategy to manage desulfurizer regeneration and maintenance. A transition-ready technology demonstrator will be delivered at the end of Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Paul Yelvington
Sr Engineer
(321) 631-3550
pyelvington@mainstream-engr.com

Business Contact:

Michael Rizzo
CFO
(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