Propulsion for Miniature Munitions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-08-C-0145
Agency Tracking Number: F071-152-1692
Amount: $1,143,420.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-152
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
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
Research Institution
A compact heavy fueled engine is progressing from a desire to a requirement. A miniature Meyer Nutating Disk Engine provides the means of propulsion that the military has been seeking. An unmanned air vehicle (UAV) will have capabilities that are not currently possible with present internal combustion engines. The miniature high power density Meyer Nutating Disk Engine designed during the Phase I effort is a dual disk engine designed to produce a maximum output of 6-7 Hp at 4,000 rpm. The compact size, inherent to the nutating design, packages this engine within a 4” diameter and 7.5” overall length, weighing 8.2 pounds, with a Power to Weight Ratio (BHp/lb) of .82. Heavy fueled operation allows this engine to operate efficiently at reduced rpm and light loads extending mission length for loitering conditions. Engine operation is permissible at elevations up to 15,000 feet at reduced output levels. Initial development work has been completed on the Meyer Nutating Disk Engine concept, including a 150 target horsepower proof-of-principal engine, with a second generation prototype underway. This Phase II SBIR will provide the opportunity to build a prototype of the miniature Meyer Nutating Disk Engine and perform initial testing, targeting a TRL of 4-5.

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