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Advanced Materials for the Design of Lightweight JP5/JP8/DS2 Fueled Engines for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0456
Agency Tracking Number: N10A-001-0475
Amount: $69,983.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N10A-T001
Solicitation Number: 2010.A
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-07-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-02-28
Small Business Information
2717 NE Bunn Road
Mcminnville, OR 97128
United States
DUNS: 808166008
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Chris Pellegrino
 Head of Mechanical Engine
 (503) 434-6845
Business Contact
 Joe Gibbs
Title: Business Development Mana
Phone: (503) 539-9370
Research Institution
 Oregon State University
 Sundar Atre
Industrial and Manufacturing
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States

 (541) 737-8272
 Nonprofit College or University

Northwest UAV Propulsion Systems proposes using our purpose built heavy fuel engine designed and built in the USA for small unmanned aerial systems in the tier 2 & 3 class. We will be adding a lightweight ceramic material set combined with FEA (Finite Element Analysis) and heavy fuel atomizer (IRAD Project) to create a lightweight engine for a SUAS or STUAS class UAVs. The Ceramic material set is added to portions of the NWUAV 34cc engine to take advantage of performance enhancements like the ability to retain heat and operate at high temperatures. We propose using materials such as silicon nitride and enhancing the processing characteristics and properties of Si3N4 by using nanoparticle additions to micron-sized powders in polymer suspensions. Work will be performed by Oregon State University with engineering assistance and testing to be performed by NWUAV.

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