Advanced Burner for Field Kitchen Appliances

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-10-C-6516
Agency Tracking Number: N093-163-0141
Amount: $69,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N093-163
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, 03755
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Darin Knaus
 Principal Investigator
 (603) 643-3800
Business Contact
 James Barry
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Research Institution
The Marines and other military branches are seeking to develop more efficient, more reliable, and safer logistics fuel (JP-8) burners needed for field kitchen cooking appliances. Existing appliances that operate on logistics fuel have a number of significant shortcomings. In some cases, existing burners involve open flames which are inherently inefficient and vent both heat and potentially hazardous combustion products into the kitchen atmosphere. In other cases, the burners have low combustion efficiency, are relatively complex, and have a variety of reliability and maintenance issues. To improve efficiency, comfort, maintainability, reliability, and safety, on this project we will develop an advanced, fully enclosed, premixed JP-8 fuel burner technology that can be mated with a variety of field kitchen appliances, including tray ration heaters. This project will build on an ongoing Army burner development effort at Creare that is focused on griddles. In Phase I, we will adapt our burner technology to the tray ration heater application and develop a half-scale tray ration heater prototype. During Phase II, we will optimize the burner for a full-scale tray ration heater, develop a manufacturing design, and adapt the burner concept to other kitchen appliances.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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