Energy Saving Manufacturing Process for Fuel Nozzles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-09ER85530
Award Id:
94716
Agency Tracking Number:
90487
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
9030 S. Rita Road, Suite 120, Tucson, AZ, 85747
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
601990778
Principal Investigator:
Lev Tuchinskiy
Dr.
(520) 626-8730
levt@optics.arizona.edu
Business Contact:
James Fountain
Mr.
(520) 250-4405
fountain@tipdllc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This project will develop an energy saving manufacturing process for fuel nozzles, which will result in materials and fuel economy, reduced fabrication costs, enhanced fuel efficiency, and lower air pollution. The proposed process eliminates the machining of the nozzle bodies and the electro-discharge machining of the orifices. The elimination of these processes will reduce energy consumption by up to 65% and material consumption by up to 50%. The proposed process will enable the nozzles to be manufactured from any materials, with orifices of very small diameters and with a variety of cross section shapes, features that are not achievable by state-of the-art technology. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The manufacturing flexibility developed in this project should result in nozzles with improved fuel economy and reduced emissions. While the technology is targeted to the production of high performance and low cost fuel nozzles, the process also should find application to the low cost production of nozzles used in micro-spacecrafts, ink jet printing systems, and drug delivery devices

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