Integration, Optimization, and Validation of Oxygen-Enriched Combustion for 100-kW Engines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W909MY-08-C-0017
Agency Tracking Number: A072-174-2759
Amount: $69,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-174
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
MAINSTREAM ENGINEERING CORP.
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, 32955
DUNS: 175302579
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Greg Cole
 PI/Dir. of Engineering
 (321) 631-3550
 gsc@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Title: Controller
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Email: mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Oxygen-enriched air has been used in the past to enhance combustion in burners (e.g. for Stirling engines and thermophotovoltaics). The same technology can be extended to internal combustion engines providing potential benefits that include; cold start operation, emissions control, combustion control, increased power density, and increased system efficiency. However, integration, demonstration, and practical implementation of an optimized system have yet to be realized. In Phase I, Mainstream will demonstrate oxygen-enriched combustion on a small-scale internal combustion engine test stand, perform optimization tests, and use the experimental results to design an oxygen-enriched engine for future 100-kW generators. Engine models will be developed that include the effects of oxygen enrichment. The optimized performance and emissions of the full-scale engine will be compared to the 7.2 L Caterpillar 3126B baseline engine. In the Phase I Option, Mainstream will develop emissions control strategies. In Phase II, Mainstream will work with large engine OEMs to design, build, integrate, and test the optimized air separation technology into a 100-kW class diesel engine.

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