Thermally Efficient Fuel Management Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-11-M-2169
Agency Tracking Number: F103-205-1121
Amount: $98,116.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: AF103-205
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
12757 S. Western Ave., Suite 229, Blue Island, IL, -
DUNS: 133132691
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Kennedy
 (708) 293-1120
Business Contact
 Robert Kennedy
Title: President
Phone: (708) 293-1120
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Emerging platforms such as stealth aircraft have three to five times the heat load of legacy platforms while being limited in their ability to reject heat to the environment due to the reduction of vents, grills and inlets that create radar and infra-red hotspots. This increased heat load is the result of modern avionics, advanced mission systems; fueldraulic based vectored thrust control systems, increased use of composite structures, and larger more electric aircraft engine accessories such as generators, or environmental controls. To reduce overall fuel system temperature rise through main engine fuel pumps, Turnkey Design Services of Blue Island, IL proposes to design a variable delivery, two stage fixed displacement pump for aerospace applications that can achieve speeds greater than 16,000 RPM, has excellent metering capability due to the ability to vary stroke and speed, good thermal efficiency due to the ability to completely unload one stage, good suction capability because of the small high efficiency 1st Stage and can detect performance degradation and oncoming failures. BENEFIT: The program benefit is that the main engine fuel pump overall fuel temperature rise will be reduced. This in turn reduces maintenance cost of aircraft by reducing the potential of engine fuel nozzles and manifolds from clogging and increasing the life of components that rely on fuel for lubrication. Potential commercial applications include commercial aircraft that that have reduced specific fuel consumption requirements.

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