ENGINE-MOUNTED OIL ANALYSIS SENSOR

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$49,843.00
Award Year:
1990
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
12346
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Combustion & Fuel Research Inc
857-9 S Wagner Rd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr John C Hilliard
(313) 769-2331
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THE WORK PROPOSED IN THIS STUDY WILL TAKE RESULTS FROM CFR LABORATORY RESEARCH OF ENGINE OIL DEGRADATION AND APPLY IT TO THE ARMY'S REQUIREMENT FOR AN ENGINE-MOUNTED SENSOR. THE BASIC CONCEPTS PROPOSED USE SPECIFIC WAVELENGTH RANGES IN THE INFRA-RED TO DETECT DEGRADATION PATTERNS MOST SPECIFICALLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE LOSS OF OIL QUALITY IN DIESEL ENGINES. PHASE I CONCENTRATES PRIMARILY ON LOSS OF DISPERSANCY; PHASE II WILL CONCENTRATE MORE ON OTHER AREAS SUCH AS OXIDATION, LOSS OF ZDP, AND NITRATION. PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF MEASUREMENTS MADE ON DIESEL ENGINE OIL SAMPLES TAKEN DURING A MILEAGE-ACCUMULATION STUDY HAVE SUPPORTED THE CONCEPT THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO DETECT IMMINENT DISPERSANT FAILURE BY A MEANS OTHER THAN FORMS OF OIL DEGRADATION IS A WELL ESTABLISHED LABORATORY TECHNIQUE. THE SENSOR CONCEPT IS SIMPLE, AND THE OUTPUT SIGNALS WILL BE INTERPRETED BASED ON INCORPORATION OF ACCUMULATED KNOWLEDGE FROM TESTING INTO A CONTROL ALGORITHM.

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