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Linearly Oscillating Miniature Internal Combustion Engine (MICE)

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
35715
Program Year/Program:
1998 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
35715
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aerodyne Research, Inc.
45 MANNING RD BILLERICA, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1998
Title: Linearly Oscillating Miniature Internal Combustion Engine (MICE)
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $375,141.00
 

Abstract:

Micro Aerial Vehicle (¿AVs) will open up a wide range of new missions for the US Armed Forces, but also present a new set of technical challenges. The power and propulsion system will have a significant impact on the ultimate capabilities and range of missions of ¿AVs. While advanced battery technology can provide good propulsion performance for ¿AVs, miniature internal combustion engines can offer several times higher energy density for ¿AV flight, thus greatly expanding the scope of ¿AV missions. The proposed program addresses the ¿AV power and propulsion challenge by demonstrating the feasibility of using a miniature internal combustion (IC) engine for this application. A miniature engine will be designed and manufactured, using as a starting point the design and test results of an existing oscillation piston/alternator engine developed at MIT. This design will be refined and advanced, focusing especially on the fuel/combustion/control design aspects. The newly designed engine will be tested and its performance and operating characteristics will be evaluated. In addition, a study of critical system integration issues will be performed. The anticipated results of the Phase I program will be the demonstration of the feasibility of using a miniature IC engine for ¿AV propulsion and the determination of the important operating characteristics of the engine.

Principal Investigator:

Kurt Annen
5086639500

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Small Business Information at Submission:

AERODYNE RESEARCH, INC.
45 Manning Road Billerica, MA 01821

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