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Non-Carcinogenic, Reduced-Toxicity Fuel/Catalyst Replacement for the F-16 EPU, Phase II

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-22-P-0712
Agency Tracking Number: FX203-CSO1-1480
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF203-CSO1
Solicitation Number: X20.3
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-03-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-06-09
Small Business Information
12173 Montague Street
Pacoima, CA 91331-2210
United States
DUNS: 052405867
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Arthur J. Fortini
 (818) 899-0236
Business Contact
 Craig N. Ward
Phone: (818) 899-0236
Research Institution

The emergency power units (EPU) on the F-16 and U-2 aircraft use a hydrazine-water mixture known as H70 to generate hydraulic and electrical power. Hydrazine is flammable, corrosive, poisonous, and carcinogenic, so the Air Force would like to replace it. The use of alternative safer fuels will enable the Air Force to realize a significant cost savings by eliminating the need for high-cost support equipment and training for maintainers. In this project, using Ultramet’s patented catalyst technology, a drop-in replacement gas generator for the F-16 EPU will be developed. Instead of hydrazine-based propellant, the new gas generator will use a non-toxic propellant such as DMAZ (2-dimethylaminoethyl azide). In Phase I, reactivity of DMAZ with Ultramet’s patented catalyst was demonstrated in 20 msec at temperatures down to -48°C (the lowest temperature tested). The Air Force stakeholders have been identified (the 419th Supply Chain Management Squadron, Engineering [419 SCMS/GUEA, Hill AFB, UT] and the F-16 System Program Office [AFLCMC/WWM]), as well as the manufacturer of the current EPU (Honeywell). In Phase II, the basic igniter design will be refined to accommodate the flow rate and throughput required by the Air Force, and full-scale testing of the gas generator will be performed.

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