Development of a Small Multi-fuel Capability APU for Abrams, Bradley, and Stryker Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$115,657.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W56HZV-08-C-0075
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-208-2467
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
A07-208
Solicitation Number:
2007.2
Small Business Information
MAINSTREAM ENGINEERING CORP.
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, 32955
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
175302579
Principal Investigator:
Chris Mento
PI/Mechanical Engineer
(321) 631-3550
cmento@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact:
Michael Rizzo
Controller
(321) 631-3550
mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Army is currently interested in obtaining small engines that are lightweight, reliable, durable, fuel efficient, and low cost for many applications. One application of this small engine technology is for use as an auxiliary power unit (APU) for the Abrams, Bradley, and Stryker vehicles. The APU would provide power for onboard electronics and reduce the need to run the main engine continuously. The proposed APU would also be an improvement over existing units in terms of weight, noise, and fuel consumption. In Phase I, Mainstream will perform a detailed simulation of the proposed engine using advanced software modeling that is a standard in the engine design industry. Using the results of this simulation, an initial design for the 8-kW engine will be obtained. Various technologies to improve performance of the engine will be demonstrated on Mainstream’s 2-kW diesel generator. Performance-enhancing technologies that will be investigated in Phase I include turbo/super-charging, electronic fuel injection, variable valve timing and camless valve actuation.

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