Modeling & Simulation for Optimization of Heavy-Fuel Micro Rotary Engines

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$1,713,890.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
FA8650-10-C-2050
Solitcitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Number:
2008.1
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
2009
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
O2-0827
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD08-UM6
Small Business Information
Baker Engineering Inc.
17165 Power Dr., Nunica, MI, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
941348278
Principal Investigator
 Jack Jerovsek
 President
 (616) 837-8975
 bei@pathwaynet.com
Business Contact
 Susan Jerovsek
Title: Contract Admin.
Phone: (616) 837-8975
Email: bakereng@pathwaynet.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
This Phase II SBIR will develop and test a direct injected, heavy-fueled rotary engine based upon upgrading the existing engine (the AR74-1380) and utilizing analysis tools developed during Phase I. The program will provide the opportunity to continue research through modeling and simulation for optimization of heavy fuel micro rotary engines, and testing to provide model verification, all in support of converting the Rotary engine from gasoline to heavy fuel. Utilizing an existing engine design for this Phase II program allows the emphasis to be placed on the analysis (both CFD and Zero-Dimensional Modeling), as well as hardware advancements to achieve the desired results. Technology advancements in fuel injection and software simulation greatly improve the odds of establishing accurate performance models for a heavy fueled Rotary Engine. Dynamic fluid flow analysis and Zero-dimensional modeling can be utilized to refine advanced fuel delivery methods and rotor geometry, and evaluate induction configurations, resulting in successful operation of a small Rotary Engine capable of running on heavy fuel.

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