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
Amount:
$69,983.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-10-C-0456
Agency Tracking Number:
N10A-001-0475
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 10T001
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Northwest UAV Propulsion Systems
2717 NE Bunn Road, Mcminnville, OR, 97128
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
808166008
Principal Investigator:
Chris Pellegrino
Head of Mechanical Engine
(503) 434-6845
chris.pellegrino@nwuav.com
Business Contact:
Joe Gibbs
Business Development Mana
(503) 539-9370
joe.gibbs@nwuav.com
Research Institution:
Oregon State University
Sundar Atre
Industrial and Manufacturing
Corvallis, OR, 97331
(541) 737-8272
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
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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