Micro Fuel Pumps for Small, Heavy Fuel Engines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-M-2904
Agency Tracking Number: O081-UM4-1244
Amount: $99,989.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD08-UM4
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
12757 S. Western Ave., Suite 229, Blue Island, IL, 60406
DUNS: 133132691
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Srdjan Lukic
 Electrical Engineer - PhD
 (708) 293-1120
 SrdjanL@tdsdesign.com
Business Contact
 Robert Kennedy
Title: President
Phone: (708) 293-1120
Email: Robk@tdsdesign.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Turnkey Design Services, LLC of Blue Island, IL proposes to create a small lightweight “smart” fuel pump for unmanned vehicles using a small very efficient brushless motor with integrated controls and an internally-generated rotor pump. The overall size of the motor driven pump including electronics is about 2.5 ” long x 1” diameter. The proposed pump provides flow metering capability by adjusting the motor speed. The proposed motor uses high energy density rare earth magnets and specially designed windings to create the best efficiency for the required operating range of the pump. The controller is sensor less in order to eliminate the need for hall effects which take a significant amount of space. The smart pump is capable of monitoring and transmitting its current health status, as well as monitoring sensors for use in its internal control algorithms. The smart pump would be able to determine its rotary position, drive the pump to the commanded rotary speed (or flow), while managing its speed within a certain tolerance.

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