Advanced Materials for the Design of Lightweight JP5/JP8/DS2 Fueled Engines for UAVs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0437
Agency Tracking Number: N10A-001-0528
Amount: $68,867.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: N10A-T001
Solitcitation Number: 2010.A
Small Business Information
Engine Research Associates, Inc.
12108 Burning Tree Rd., Fort Wayne, IN, 46845
Duns: 175329614
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeffery Erickson
 Principle Investigator
 (260) 338-1010
Business Contact
 George Lewis
Title: Vice President
Phone: (260) 485-3752
Research Institution
 Purdue University
 Michael R Ludwig
 (765) 494-1063
 Nonprofit college or university
Develop a high power to weight, compact, heavy fuel MCC engine using advanced high strength materials. This new MCC engine design will also offer high durability and high efficiency with an extremely low acoustic and IR signature for use in future small UAVs. The overall objective of this Phase I development program is to develop a JP-5, JP-8 or DS2 MCC engine using advanced high strength to weight materials. This new design will offer a power to weight ratio between 1.1 to 1.5 HP per pound and a minimum service life over 600 hours. It will have a BSFC greater than 0.5 lb/hp-hr at all power outputs. This design will be developed for extreme operational environments including starting temperatures of 0 degrees F and above and operating temperatures from -50 degrees F to 130 degrees F. This MCC engine design can be scaled and/or stacked to cover an output range from 2 HP to 150 HP. The MCC engine is the only engine capable of full expansion which gives it an extremely quiet exhaust even without a muffler.

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