Development of a Supercharger for Small, Heavy Fuel Engines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-M-2899
Agency Tracking Number: O081-UM2-1224
Amount: $99,976.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD08-UM2
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
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
 Daniel Mason
 Mechanical Engineer
 (321) 631-3550
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Title: Controller
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Research Institution
The OSD is seeking devices to increase the intake air flow and pressure to small engines in order to increase their power density and fuel efficiency, specifically for unmanned applications. Such unmanned systems require high efficiency and highly reliable power sources operating at near continuous duty cycle. By increasing the power density of these engines, they can be used in a larger variety of applications under various operating conditions. This includes high altitude flight for aircraft systems and extreme environmental conditions for ground-based and naval surface and subsurface systems. In this proposal, Mainstream presents a Phase I program to design, fabricate, and test a supercharger suitable for use in small heavy fuel engines. Mainstream will performance-test the device on its own 4-hp engine. This accelerated development program will validate the concept experimentally in Phase I. The Phase II program can therefore focus on the integration and long-term testing on OSD’s specific engine application.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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