DIESEL COLD START USING CATALYTICALLY ASSISTED IGNITION

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$500,207.00
Award Year:
1990
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
9006
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Precision Combustion Inc.
25 Science Park, New Haven, CT, 06511
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
William C Pfefferle
(203) 786-5215
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
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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