DEMONSTRATION OF AN INNOVATIVE TACOM PERSONNEL HEATER

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$49,852.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
1991
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
15894
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corp
200 Yellow Pl - Pines Industri, Al Ctr, Rockledge, FL, 32955
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Dr Robert P Scaringe
 Principal Investigator
 (407) 631-3550
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
PRESENTLY THE ARMY HAS TWO SIZES OF PERSONNEL HEATERS IN TRACKED VEHICLES. THE SMALLER ONE PRODUCES UP TO 30,000 BTU/HR AND THE LARGER ONE 60,000 BTU/HR. THESE UNITS WERE DESIGNED OVER FORTY YEARS AGO USING TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE AT THE TIME. SUBSEQUENT RESEARCH IN COMBUSTION, POWER CONVERSION, HEAT TRANSFER, AND FLUID FLOW ALLOW THE POSSIBILITY FOR TREMENDOUS IMPROVEMENTS IN THESE DESIGNS. A RECENT STUDY FOR TACOM HAS IDENTIFIED SEVERAL POTENTIAL ALTERNATIVES FOR BURNER DESIGN, AND POWER GENERATION, HOWEVER THIS STUDY ATTEMPTED TO PROVIDE SOLUTIONS BY EMPLOYING EXISTING HARDWARE. THE MAINSTREAM EFFORT PROPOSED HERE INTENDS TO CARRY THIS RESEARCH A STEP FURTHER, BY INVESTIGATING AN ALTERNATIVE METHOD OF FUEL COMBUSTION, AND PARASITIC ELECTRIC PRODUCTION, AND THEREBY IMPROVE RELIABILITY AND REDUCE UNIT COST. THE PROBLEM WITH CURRENT SELFSUFFICIENT HEATING SYSTEMS IS THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF THERMOELECTRIC DEVICES NEEDED FOR THE GENERATION OF ANY REASONABLE VOLTAGE, AS WELL AS THE COMPLEX ELECTRONIC POWER CONDITIONING AND CONTROL NECESSARY TO REGULATE THE POWER PRODUCED AND TO PERFORM THE SWITCH-OVER TO INTERNAL SELF-GENERATED POWER. THE MAINSTREAM DESIGN USES AN INNOVATIVE AND MORE RELIABLE APPROACH TO BOTH THE COMBUSTION AND THE ELECTRICAL PRODUCTION.

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