Variable Speed Alternator Drive

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-10-C-0189
Agency Tracking Number: A093-193-0509
Amount: $119,942.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-193
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
8760 Westpark Dr, Houston, TX, 77063
DUNS: 026865157
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Roy Venton-Walters
 Program Manager - FEAD
 (262) 268-1449
Business Contact
 Scott Maddux
Title: General Counsel
Phone: (713) 357-7197
Research Institution
It is proposed to demonstrate through modeling and simulation the feasibility of producing a constant velocity accessory drive (CVAD), using a novel continuously variable transmission. This drive will enable an alternator to produce full rated power while operating at idle and across the full range of engine speeds. Employing an existing commercialized traction drive design known as the Milner CVT (MCVT) as a baseline, the focus of the proposed research will be on (i) improvement of baseline MCVT materials to both reduce the size of the core variator as well as to improve the life of the modeled CVAD; and (ii) mitigation of torsional pulse loads from the engine which will tend to lessen the life of the CVAD. The proposed research is anticipated to result in a bolt-on CVAD design that is extremely compact, highly efficient and will work with both existing and increased power alternators.

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