A Multi-Use, Low-Cost, Integrated, Conductivity/Temperature Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-01-C-2049
Agency Tracking Number: N001-1584
Amount: $600,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, 32955
DUNS: 175302579
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gregory Cole
 Senior Mechanical Enginee
 (321) 631-3550
Business Contact
 Kathy McGraw-Davids
Title: Comptroller
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Email: mkd@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution
The objective of Phase I was to demonstrate a prototype 1 kWdiesel generator that weighed less than 50 pounds. Mainstream'sfirst prototype satisfied this requirement early in Phase I. Asecond-generation prototype was then developed with reducedengine block size and weight. A third-generation prototype willbe completed in the Phase I Option that substitutes magnesium foraluminum in the engine block. Magnesium is stronger thanaluminum and will reduce engine block weight another 33%. Thediesel engine has a shaft output of 2.8 kW and can thereforegenerate more than 2.24 kW electrical power (80% alternatorefficiency). The first, second, and third generation totaldiesel generator weights are 42.1, 40.7, and 36.5 lbs,respectively. Having exceeded Marine Corps operationalrequirements in Phase I, pre-production development and extensivelife testing of the third-generation engine will be completed inthe Phase I Option. Phase II will focus on demonstrating thereliability and maintainability of the diesel engine, optimizingthe alternator, fabricating a reduced-cost production version,and field testing by the user.

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