Very Small, Heavy-Fuel Engine (VSHF) Concepts

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-09-C-0011
Agency Tracking Number: A072-075-1890
Amount: $729,984.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-075
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
Iron Bay Model Company
3301 Chapline Street, Wheeling, WV, 26003
DUNS: 034029640
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Craig
 President
 (724) 554-8879
 jcraig@iron-bay.com
Business Contact
 John Craig
Title: President
Phone: (724) 554-8879
Email: jcraig@iron-bay.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The military has a great need for very small, heavy-fuel (diesel or JP-8) engines for a wide variety of applications (e.g. small, unmanned air and ground vehicles, and power generation). Likewise the commercial small engine market (lawn tools, chainsaws, and model aircraft) can benefit from engines that burn heavy and alternative fuels while producing reduced emissions. However, there are numerous problems that have limited the development of a suitable engine with less than five horsepower that overcomes present day size and technology limitations. There are four significant technical challenges to efficiently burn heavy fuel in VSHF, IC engines: 1.) High compression. 2.) Well atomized or vaporized fuel/air mixture. 3.) Timed Ignition. 4.) Rapid fuel burn. The application of Compression Ignition by Air Injection engine technology will lead to small engines that are capable of efficiently burning heavy fuel.

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