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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-08-C-0075
Agency Tracking Number: A072-208-2467
Amount: $115,657.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-208
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-11-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-05-30
Small Business Information
200 Yellow Place Pines Industrial Center
Rockledge, FL 32955
United States
DUNS: 175302579
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Chris Mento
 PI/Mechanical Engineer
 (321) 631-3550
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Title: Controller
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Research Institution

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.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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