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Advanced Durability Systems for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Propulsion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-18-C-0019
Agency Tracking Number: S2-0366
Amount: $1,017,065.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM163-002
Solicitation Number: 2016.3
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-03-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-03-06
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
 Susan Jerovsek
Phone: (616) 837-8975
Research Institution

Baker Engineering Inc. (BEI) will continue researching advanced technologies to improve Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) engine durability, wear resistance, and strength within critical internal engine components. BEIs expertise in advanced engine development will drive this program to obtain the best possible combination of performance and durability enhancements for UAV engines, while providing an unbiased evaluation of the materials and coatings. As an independent engine development company and engine integrator, BEI offers a unique combination of engine component engineering, sophisticated predictive analysis, engine testing capabilities, and understanding of the harsh demands of the operating environment. Specifically, BEI will research metal matrix composites and high performance alloys to improve the durability and performance of light-weight reciprocating components including pistons, connecting rods and crankshafts. Anti-friction, anti-coking, and thermal barrier coatings will be applied to pistons and cylinders for improved efficiency and performance. New bearing technologies will reduce lubrication requirements.Engines powering the ScanEagle and Shadow UAVs will serve as test beds for these advanced technologies. Goals for improving the 3W-28i ScanEagle engine include increasing durability from 250 to 1,000 hours, increasing performance from 2.16 to 2.60 Hp and increasing energy efficiency by 10%. A TRL 7 is anticipated for the upgraded engine.

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