Ultra High Pressure Jet Propellant-8 (JP-8) Fuel Injection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-10-C-0200
Agency Tracking Number: A093-199-0123
Amount: $119,044.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-199
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
12237 Woodbine, Redford, MI, 48239
DUNS: 621162507
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James McCandless
 President & CEO
 (313) 720-8680
Business Contact
 Kathleen McCandless
Title: Program Manager
Phone: (313) 720-8680
Email: Randy.Milbert@primordial.com
Research Institution
The author is one of the original members of an engineering team that developed the first production intensified common rail injection system (CAT-Navistar HEUI), and we are therefore very familiar with this technology. We (AFT) have developed a 450-500 bar (6500-7250 psi) common rail pump that is used in our prototype DME fuel system. Although this pump was designed to pump DME, with minor modifications it can very easily pump engine lubricating oil. Since both the CAT HEUI and Navistar''s Electro-Hydraulic injectors use lube oil driven 7:1 hydraulic intensifed injectors, by applying our very high pressure common rail pump will easily allow us to achieve the requested injection pressures (40,000 psi). Considering compressibility losses, etc, we can possibly achieve >45,000 psi. We propose to make design modifications to our DME inlet throttled wobble plate pump, build a prototype and, using a production Navistar injector, demonstrate successful operation on a specially built test bench. We envision that the demonstration will include performance mapping the fuel system at various rail pressures and pulse widths (Injection durations). In phase 1, multiple injections will not be demonstrated because the cost of electronics can not be contained within the program cost limitations. Phase II would include demonstration of multiple injections, as well as injector durability and performance development.

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