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A Fast-Response, Electronically Controlled Fuel Injection System for Small Heavy Fuel Engines with Multi-Fuel Capabilities

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-10-M-0272
Agency Tracking Number: N10A-033-0740
Amount: $69,458.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N10A-T033
Solicitation Number: 2010.A
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-06-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-04-30
Small Business Information
200 Yellow Place Pines Industrial Center
Rockledge, FL 32955
United States
DUNS: 175302579
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Joesph Homitz
 PI/Mechanical Engineer
 (321) 631-6335
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Title: Controller
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Research Institution
 University of Wisconsin
 Jaal Ghandi
21 N. Park Avenue Suite 6401
Madison, WI 53715
United States

 (608) 262-3822
 Nonprofit College or University

Advances in electronically controlled injection technologies for diesel engines have provided a method to improve medium- to heavy-duty engine performance through increased injection pressures, multiple injections, and injection rate shaping. Although these injection systems have been primarily limited to larger engines, the ability to rapidly and precisely meter fuel for smaller engines is particularly important for small ground-based and UAV engines. With small ground-based and UAV engines, electronically controlled fuel injection could be used to improve fuel efficiency, increase power density, reduce noise, and/or reduce emissions. The ability to meter fuel rapidly would allow precise control of small UAV engines at high rpm. Mainstream proposes to develop a fast-response, electronically controlled fuel injection system (including the injector, pump, and control system) for engines in the 5-20 hp range through innovative improvements to existing technology. The system will have multi-fuel capability and will be packaged to allow retrofitting to existing engines. In Phase I, Mainstream and the University of Wisconsin, a leader in the field of internal combustion research, will carry out an experimental evaluation to prove the feasibility and value of the proposed improvements. In Phase II, the team will fabricate and evaluate an integrated system with an operational engine.

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