An Integrated Control and Diagnostic System for Marine Diesel Engines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-04-M-0084
Agency Tracking Number: N041-079-1119
Amount: $99,712.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-079
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA, 22901
DUNS: 120839477
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jason Burkholder
 Research Scientist
 (434) 973-1215
Business Contact
 B. Parker
Title: Chairman
Phone: (434) 973-1215
Research Institution
A primary obstacle that must be overcome in order for unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to be able to provide valuable service to the fleet is the need for maintenance personnel onboard the vessel. Failure of a single key component that could easily be replaced or repaired on a manned vessel could cause an USV to have to abort its mission or, perhaps, require a manned vessel to put itself and its crew at risk to retrieve or repair the USV. It is therefore desirable to develop an enhanced automated control system for diesel engines that can perform diagnostics and self-maintenance. Barron Associates, Inc. (BAI) and its subcontractor, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), propose to develop such an automated system by leveraging BAI's generic diagnostic algorithms and SwRI's marine diesel engine control systems expertise and research facilities. To provide a marine diesel engine system that meets the requirements of this SBIR program, development tasks may be partitioned into three categories: (1) design a diesel engine configuration and control system for high fuel efficiency and durability; (2) incorporate a diagnostic system that can detect and isolate faults and take appropriate action; and (3) extend all scheduled maintenance intervals to at least 1,000 hours.

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