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Advanced Durability Systems for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Propulsion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-17-P-0024
Agency Tracking Number: S163-002-0030
Amount: $149,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM163-002
Solicitation Number: 2016.3
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-02-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-08-14
Small Business Information
17165 Power Dr.
Nunica, MI 49448
United States
DUNS: 941348278
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jack Jerovsek
 (616) 837-8975
Business Contact
 Sue Jerovsek
Phone: (616) 837-8975
Research Institution

Baker Engineering Inc. (BEI) proposes the exploration of advanced material technologies to improve Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) engine durability, thermal and wear resistance, and strength within critical internal engine components. Specifically during the Phase I effort, BEI will research the use of advanced materials and coatings on static engine components including cylinders, blocks and crank cases. Reciprocating engine components, including pistons and crankshaft assemblies will also be evaluated. The use of advanced materials and coatings in bearing design will also be explored. Some of the advanced materials to be evaluated include anti-wear coatings, thermal barrier coatings, lubrication film coatings, ceramics, titanium alloys, titanium metal matrix composites (MMC), and ceramic matrix composites (CMC). BEI will utilize advanced design and analysis tools, including thermal Finite Element Analysis, to evaluate the new components. The technological expertise and the experience in advanced engine development of BEI will drive this program to obtain the best possible combination of performance and durability enhancements for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) engines. The Phase I effort focus on research and analysis, and will result in the manufacture of initial prototype components. Additional hardware manufacturing, and testing, would take place during a Phase II program.

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