Compact, In-Line Sensor for Direct Measurement of Sulfur in Liquid JP-8

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-11-C-0022
Agency Tracking Number: A102-070-1999
Amount: $119,927.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-070
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, -
DUNS: 175302579
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Yelvington
 PI/Senior Chemical Engineer
 (321) 631-3550
 pyelvington@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Email: mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
Fuel cell technology has progressed to the point where fuel reforming and desulfurization has become the limiting factor. The platinum catalysts used in fuel cells are poisoned by sulfur compounds in the fuel. The proposed effort will develop a compact, rugged, in-line sensor for measuring total sulfur in JP-8 before it enters the desulfurization system. This sensor will allow better management of the desulfurization equipment and minimize its maintenance requirements (e.g., replacement of consumables). The proposed sensor is small, lightweight, and allows direct measurement of sulfur in the liquid fuel. The sensor is non-destructive and has low power requirements, making continuous, in-line monitoring possible. The technical approach will be proven out in Phase I, and a transition-ready technology demonstrator will be delivered at the end of Phase II.

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