JP-8 Fuel Effects on High Pressure Common Rail Pumps

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$120,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W56HZV-09-C-0123
Award Id:
91962
Agency Tracking Number:
A082-128-0026
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
12237 Woodbine, Redford, MI, 48239
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
621162507
Principal Investigator:
James McCandless
President and CEO
(313) 720-8680
jim.mccandless@altfueltechnology.com
Business Contact:
Kathleen McCandless
Vice President
(313) 887-0932
kathy@altfueltechnology.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Army uses JP-8 fuel for both its tactical and non-tactical, diesel powered vehicles. Some of the commercial engines used by the Army employ high pressure, common rail fuel injection systems to lower exhaust emissions, especially particulates. Modern common rail injection systems produce pressures of 1500 to 2200 bar. These systems are designed to run on ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel that contains special lubricity additives (usually fatty acids) to reduce wear and scuffing. JP-8 fuel does not contain these important additives. Therefore, to achieve acceptable fuel system life, special fuel filters have been devised that meter a lubricity additive to the fuel system. The use of these filters is undesirable from a field logistics perspective. We propose to eliminate the need for "lubricity filters" and additives by redesign of the common rail pump. We have developed materials pairs and other proprietary methods that significantly reduce the wear of high pressure common rail pumps. In phase 1, we propose to conduct a bench durability test on a common rail fuel pump (Cummins ISL) to define which components have unacceptable wear. We will then develop a design proposal that suggests changes to reduce wear without the use of fuel additives.

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