Reduction of Ground Vehicle Observables Through Carbon Foam-Based Exhaust Treatment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-04-C-0026
Agency Tracking Number: N032-0379
Amount: $99,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solitcitation Year: 2003
Solitcitation Topic Code: N03-165
Solitcitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
TOUCHSTONE RESEARCH LABORATORY, LTD.
The Millennium Centre, R.R. 1, Box 100B, Triadelphia, WV, 26059
Duns: 101582922
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Rowe
 Mechanical Engineer
 (304) 547-5800
 mmr@trl.com
Business Contact
 Brian Joseph
Title: President
Phone: (304) 547-5800
Email: bej@trl.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This project addresses the topic of Reduction of Ground Vehicle Observables. The use of carbon foam to reduce engine-related observables will be investigated. Carbon foam offers high specific thermal conductivity while providing better structural properties at elevated temperatures than traditional heat exchanger materials. Carbon foams also resist chemical and environmental corrosion without the need for additional coatings or treatments, making them well suited to abusive environments. Because of the foam's open-celled structure CFOAMr also has the potential to act as a filter for particulate matter. This study will address the reduction of three observables: heat, noise and particulate matter and the impact on cost, weight and performance. The Phase I effort will review design options and analyze their impact on observables, vehicle functionality and performance. Phase II work will construct a prototype to demonstrate the reduction of observables and will address future technological hurdles.

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