A Handheld, Low Cost, and High Throughput Sensor for Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Detection and Quantifications in Military Fuels

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$99,960.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W56HZV-12-C-0214
Agency Tracking Number:
A121-058-0717
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
A12-058
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
AlphaSense, Inc.
470 Century Blvd., Wi, DE, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
808480086
Principal Investigator:
Pengcheng Lv
Senior Scientist
(302) 468-0980
pengcheng@alphasense.net
Business Contact:
Xin Zhang
Director of Contracts&Proposals
(302) 468-0548
xin@alphasense.net
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Although biodiesels have been increasingly used in automobiles, trains, commercial aircrafts and heating systems, they are not currently used in the military aircrafts and land vehicles because they typically do not meet the JP-8 performance criteria as specified by MIL-PRF-83133E. Unintentional contaminations by the biodiesels into the jet fuels can introduce adverse effects, including engine operability problems and potential engine flame out. Typical biodiesel is the product of methanol transesterification of plant oil triglycerides, and as such, contains a mixture of many fatty acid methyl esters (FAME). Therefore, in order to detect the contamination by the biodiesels, it is important to monitor the FAME content in the JP-8 fuel. In this proposal, Alphasense Inc. and the University of Tennessee Space Institute detail the development of a handheld, low cost and high throughput sensor for FAMEs detections and quantifications in JP-8 fuel. The proposed sensor will have the following merits: a) Simple, compact, and low cost, b) High sensitivity and selectivity, c) Large measurement dynamic range, d) Long- lasting serviceability, e) Automatic data acquisition and interpretation, and f) Reusable.

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