Micro Fuel Pumps for Small, Heavy Fuel Engines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-M-2901
Agency Tracking Number: O081-UM4-1132
Amount: $99,864.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD08-UM4
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
2197 Brookwood Dr., South Elgin, IL, 60177
DUNS: 130455335
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jack Jerovsek
 Principal Investigator
 (616) 837-8975
Business Contact
 Mike Boruta
Title: Project Manager
Phone: (630) 400-6454
Email: kineticresearch@sbcglobal.net
Research Institution
Kinetic BEI and Beginning Technologies Inc. have designed a very compact and simple micro-injection pump. This SBIR Phase I will provide the opportunity to further advance this emerging technology for use on several current miniature/micro engine development programs for the military and commercial worlds. The pump was designed to provide high pressure supply to common rail type injectors on a 10 mm3/injection fuel flow rate, and to be paired with a new MicroJector, also being designed by the Kinetic BEI and Beginning Technologies team (a Phase I proposal for further development of the MicroJector has been submitted under OSD81-UM1). The advantages of this pump design include small size, light-weight, low part count, and elimination of the rail pressure sensor, rail pressure control actuator, and the rail. In addition, the electronic control circuitry is simplified because the pump control loop is not necessary. To date, funding has been provided through engine development programs. The opportunity to focus specifically on development of this pump through a dedicated SBIR will yield tremendous benefits for both the military and commercial worlds. During this Phase I effort, detailed design work would be completed incorporating design improvements, and a prototype pump would be developed and bench tested.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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