A Retrofittable Fuel Usage Monitor and Economizer

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$99,698.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W56HZV-08-C-0280
Award Id:
86083
Agency Tracking Number:
O071-E10-4033
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
BARRON ASSOC., INC. (Currently BARRON ASSOCIATES, INC.)
1410 Sachem Place, Suite 202, Charlottesville, VA, 22901
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
120839477
Principal Investigator:
Jason Burkholder
Senior Research Scientist
(434) 973-1215
burkholder@bainet.com
Business Contact:
Connie Hoover
General Manager
(434) 973-1215
barron@bainet.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Vehicle fuel efficiency is a complex function of many variables, including vehicle condition, vehicle loading, engine condition, terrain, fuel type, and driving style. High fuel costs increase the need to optimize fuel efficiency with respect to as many variables as possible. An affordable, retrofittable intelligent vehicle performance and fuel economy maximization system would have widespread application to military and commercial vehicles. Barron Associates, Inc. and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) propose to develop the Fuel Usage Monitor and Economizer (FUME) - an intelligent, open architecture vehicle performance monitoring and fuel efficiency optimization system. FUME will feature two primary components: (1) vehicle and engine health monitoring and (2) real-time operational guidance to maximize fuel efficiency given the current operating conditions. The vehicle and engine health monitoring component of FUME will build upon an ongoing, related research collaboration between Barron Associates and SwRI. The real-time fuel efficiency optimization component of FUME will combine Barron Associates' online system identification algorithms with fuel property classification technology developed by SwRI. The FUME core intelligent agent will be hardware independent; therefore, the specific instrumentation suite, computing hardware, and user interface may be designed for each unique vehicle class based on space, weight, and budget constraints.

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