Integrated Power Generation for Small Unmanned Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-10-C-2049
Agency Tracking Number: O081-UM5-1160
Amount: $1,058,020.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD08-UM5
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
Engine Research Associates, Inc.
12108 Burning Tree Rd., Fort Wayne, IN, 46845
DUNS: 175329614
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeffery Erickson
 Vice President
 (260) 338-1010
Business Contact
 George Lewis
Title: Vice President
Phone: (260) 485-3752
Research Institution
This program will integrate a lightweight, high efficiency alternator with a quiet, fuel efficient and high power density heavy fuel engine. The electrical power source uses a proprietary, compact and very high power-to-weight alternator using rare earth permanent magnets. It is scalable from 0.5 to 70 kW and larger. MAI''s alternator will be integrated with Engine Research Associates (ERA) Migrating Combustion Chamber (MCC) engine. This engine’s mechanism and cycle allow it to operate on low octane fuels like diesel and JP-8 without auto-ignition, detonation or wet stacking. It provides high efficiency, produces a very quiet, cool exhaust and has very low vibration. The MCC engine''s profile and crankshaft design made it an excellent match for integration with Magnetic Application''s (MAI) alternator. The MCC engine is scalable from 2 HP to over 200 HP. This program''s design is a 10 HP MCC engine and 1 kW alternator fully integrated to maximize efficiency and minimize total system weight. The total estimated system weight for the 1 kW alternator and 10 HP MCC engine is 21.45 lbs. or less. Estimated BSFC is 0.50 lbm/hour/brake at cruise power.

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