Micro-ignition Components for Heavy Fuel Engines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-M-2900
Agency Tracking Number: O081-UM3-1042
Amount: $99,925.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD08-UM3
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
410 Sackett Point Road, North Haven, CT, 06473
DUNS: 178154456
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sharokh Etmemad
 Principal Investigator
 (203) 287-3700
 setemad@precision-combustion.com
Business Contact
 J. Burns
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (203) 287-2700
Email: kburns@precision-combustion.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI) proposes a durable miniature catalytic glow plug as an enabling component for the use of heavy fuels in small, high power density engines for unmanned applications. The use of heavy fuels in such engines will have a major impact on availability of fuel supplies for such small engines while also reducing fuel consumption through the gains in efficiency inherent to high compression engine operation. The hot, reactive catalytic surface of the catalytic glow plug will allow ignition of fuel-air mixtures at lower surface temperatures and compression ratios than required for non-catalytic hot surface igniters, and at extended conditions. This will expand the envelope of durable ignition and operation, and will provide a range of enabling benefits for heavy fuel use, including more rapid starting and better operability, lower required compression ratio, improved ignitor life, reduced energy requirement, and overall reduction in system weight and size compared to higher voltage ignition systems. It will help enable heavy fuel use in unmanned applications, support increased fuel economy, and reduce system cost. PCI’s work will build on substantial prior development of catalytic ignition systems.

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