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Improved Turbo/Superchargers for UAS/UGS Application

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Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2014 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Baker Engineering Inc.
17165 Power Dr. Nunica, MI 49448-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2014
Title: Improved Turbo/Superchargers for UAS/UGS Application
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: FA8650-14-M-2469
Award Amount: $149,822.00


Baker Engineering Inc. (BEI) proposes an advanced, electrically-assisted turbocharger to meet the needs identified in this solicitation. BEI"s solution provides a lightweight, durable, self-lubricated turbocharger that will set new standards in performance on heavy fuel engines in the 50-150 Hp class. An electrically-assisted turbocharger offers supercharger characteristics to a turbocharged engine application. The turbo retains thermal efficiency benefits through conventional use of exhaust gas energy for operation, while improving engine low end power with turbo assisted operation. Integration of emerging technologies pertaining to bearing design, lubrication methods, and variable turbine geometry further improve engine performance and turbo reliability. Alternate materials and hardware design options offer weight savings capabilities to the turbo hardware. BEI will expand upon previous electrically-assisted turbo development efforts, where the concept has been demonstrated on a new engine technology called the Opposed-piston Turbo Diesel Engine. Phase I efforts will focus on designing an electrically-assisted turbocharger for this specific application, with emphasis on drive interface, cooling/lubrication, weight reduction, durability and required electronics. During Phase II, the electrically-assisted turbocharger concept will be developed into a working prototype, incorporating data and results from the Phase I effort.

Principal Investigator:

Jack Jerovsek
(616) 837-8975

Business Contact:

Susan Jerovek
Contract Admin
(616) 837-8975
Small Business Information at Submission:

Baker Engineering Inc.
17165 Power Dr. Nunica, MI 49448-

EIN/Tax ID: 383267676
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No