Innovative Methods to Determine Thermal Capacity of Remaining Fuel Quantity Heat Sink in Real Time

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-13-C-0054
Agency Tracking Number: N103-200-0368
Amount: $749,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N103-200
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
3000 Kent Avenue, Suite C1-100, West Lafayette, IN, -
DUNS: 161183322
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Alex Heltzel
 Senior Lead Engineer
 (937) 367-9017
Business Contact
 Eric Walters
Title: President
Phone: (765) 464-8997
Research Institution
PCKA has developed a dynamic, real-time thermal capacity algorithm and gauge for predicting current and anticipated fuel heat sink capability on a fifth-generation tactical aircraft. Relevant internal and external sources and sinks are tracked with prognostics and adaptive intelligence designed to anticipate future thermal constraints. Net heat transfer, available range, and time until potential thermal constraint are supplied to the pilot in a compact, visual gauge. Prior to this technology development, all mission heat loads were modeled post design to create flight limitations that predict an estimated mission time limit. The effect of dynamic, real-time conditions and deviations were unknown, leading to potential thermal constraints. The ability of the war fighters to determine true mission capability will be greatly enhanced by the successful insertion of PCKA's algorithm and gauge with the ability to accurately predict fuel thermal capacity in flight. Mission capability will be optimized while avoiding thermal constraints.

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