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Fuel State and Additive Analyzer

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
52586
Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
011XP-1457
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Advanced Fuel Research, Inc.
87 Church Street East Hartford, CT 06108-3728
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Fuel State and Additive Analyzer
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: F09650-01-M-0954
Award Amount: $99,993.00
 

Abstract:

Fuels in high altitude and latitude aircraft (e.g., the U-2) must have freezing point temperatures well below -60 ¿C, and must maintain flow to similar temperatures (e.g., viscosity of ~ 6 cSt). JPTS, a high purity kerosene based fuel has the requiredproperties, but costs ~ 3 times more than standard jet fuels, such as JP-8 (military grade) or Jet A (commercial). The need for JPTS also presents a logistic problem, in that it is not readily available worldwide. A simple additive that can lower thefreezing point of the JP-8 (or Jet A) and maintain the flow at low temperatures is highly desirable. However, the cost of the enhancers being developed is also prohibitive, and their use is likely to be limited. Significant savings could be achieved byusing them only when needed at altitude. Two approaches to performing in-flight addition are being considered, enhancer tablets or capsules that will dissolve or break apart as a function of temperature or shear, or a more traditional approach employing asensor to control the addition of the enhancer from a separate compartment. We believe that a sensor based on Fourier transform (FT) -Raman spectroscopy could be designed to provide such a

Principal Investigator:

Stuart Farquharson
VP/Dir Raman Products
8605289806
farqu@AFRinc.com

Business Contact:

Michael Serio
President
8605289806
mserio@AFRinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ADVANCED FUEL RESEARCH, INC.
87 Church Street East Hartford, CT 06108

EIN/Tax ID: 061016313
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No