Bladder Fuel/Oxidizer Delivery System for Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) and Weapon Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Amount:
$149,495.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-11-M-0472
Agency Tracking Number:
N112-155-0566
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N112-155
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
METSS Corporation
300 Westdale Avenue, Westerville, OH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
87-729-94
Principal Investigator
 Kenneth Heater
 President
 (614) 797-2200
 kheater@metss.com
Business Contact
 Kenneth Heater
Title: President
Phone: (614) 797-2200
Email: kheater@metss.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
The objective of this program is to develop and demonstrate a bladder storage and delivery system to supply reactants used in air independent propulsion systems. The system design will be adaptable to a variety of reactant types and propulsion systems (e.g., meet capacity, flow and pressure requirements), provide a robust and cost effective means for delivering the reactants, minimize power consumption, reduce fuel system noise and maintenance requirements, be reusable and otherwise meet the desired service life/environment requirements, and provide the potential to increase mission profile. The intended air independent fuels include borohydride, dodecane, hydrogen peroxide, caustic solutions, acidic solutions, Otto Fuel II, and HAN). Key design elements desired include the ability for the fuel system to discharge more than 99% of the fuel load, support draining and refueling via a simple through hull penetration, and be adaptable to flow rate requirements from 0.02 to 20 SLPM with fuel cell capacities ranging from less than 40 liters for small UUV systems to volumes potentially exceeding 3000 liters for larger UUV applications with extended mission profile requirements.

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