Micro Fuel Pumps for Small, Heavy Fuel Engines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-M-2903
Agency Tracking Number: O081-UM4-1053
Amount: $99,925.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD08-UM4
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
One Broadway, 14th Floor, Cambridge, MA, 02142
DUNS: 116106050
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Eric Prechtl
 (617) 225-4414
Business Contact
 Eric Prechtl
Title: President
Phone: (617) 225-4414
Email: eric@axisetech.com
Research Institution
The proliferation of small, unmanned systems has established a nascent market for small, lightweight power plants, including both internal combustion engines and turbine systems. Recently, researchers have successfully developed breakthrough technologies in this market, such as the Meyer Nutating Engine. While the underlying combustion technology has been proven, one limitation is that all commercially available support components, such as fuel-pumps and fuel injectors, are bigger than the base engine itself. Novel re-design of these required components is needed to realize the potential of power plant innovations for unmanned systems. Axis Engineering Technologies, in collaboration with Kinetic-BEI, proposes to develop an active material based fuel pump for use on a small, lightweight engine. In Phase I, two competing active material systems will be developed simultaneously, based on both piezoelectric ceramic and ferromagnetic shape memory alloy actuation. The side-by-side development of these competing technologies in Phase I shall yield a superior technology to carry forward into Phase II hardware development.

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