DIESEL COLD START USING CATALYTICALLY ASSISTED IGNITION

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 9006
Amount: $500,207.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1990
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
25 Science Park, New Haven, CT, 06511
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William C Pfefferle
 (203) 786-5215
Business Contact
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Research Institution
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Abstract
IT WOULD BE VERY DESIRABLE TO DEVELOP A RELIABLE COLD START/COLD RUN TECHNOLOGY WHICH WOULD ENABLE RAPID START-UP WITH LOW ENERGY REQUIREMENTS, NO OPERATING PERFORMANCE LOSSES, NO USE OF AUXILIARY FUELS, AND FULLY MOBILE CAPABILITIES. SUCH A TECHNOLOGY WOULD SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE RELIABILITY OF OPERATIONS IN COLD CONDITIONS, ESPECIALLY WHERE IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE MOBILITY IS IMPORTANT. THIS PROPOSAL OFFERS A CATALYTICALLY ASSISTED IGNITION SYSTEM TO ENABLE VERY COLD DIESEL STARTING. IN ADDITION TO RESOLVING COLD START/COLD RUN PROBLEMS, THIS TECHNOLOGY ALSO HOLDS THE OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE STARTUP IN GENERAL AND TO IMPROVE STARTUP PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH LOWER CETANE FUELS. PHASE I WILL ENTAIL PROOF-OF-CONCEPT TESTING COMBUSTING DIESEL FUEL IN FRIGID AIR AND DEVELOP ENGINEERING DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS FOR PHASE II. PHASE II WILL DEVELOP, BUILD AND COLDTEST A PROTOTYPE DIESEL ENGINE.

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