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Direct Injection Systems for Improved Performance, Durability, and Economy

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Contract: FA8650-14-M-2457
Agency Tracking Number: O133-PR1-1006
Amount: $149,820.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD13-PR1
Solicitation Number: 2013.3
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-01-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-10-30
Small Business Information
2197 Brookwood Dr., South Elgin, IL, 60177-3235
DUNS: 130455335
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Boruta
 (847) 628-4769
Business Contact
 Jack Jerovsek
Title: Partner
Phone: (616) 837-8975
Research Institution
Kinetic BEI, LLC. proposes a dual path approach to fulfilling the need for a direct injected heavy fuel delivery system for engines under 200 Hp. The primary focus will be to advance the Miniature CI Fuel Injection System, a system whose individual components have been demonstrated in on-engine testing in a laboratory environment. The new system will integrate the next generation Miniature CI Injector, CI Fuel Pump and a small commercially-available engine control unit. This advanced system will reduce both size and weight, be capable of achieving even higher pressure operation (1,000 bar), and demonstrate improved performance and durability. Efforts to reduce engine knock will be incorporated throughout the program. Injection cycle frequency and droplet size will be explored through Computational Fluid Dynamic Analysis. Small orifice manufacturing will be researched to facilitate the necessary fine atomization of heavy fuels required within the target applications. The effort will also include research into alternate fuel injector functionality methods including Piezo and direct needle actuation. The Phase I effort will focus on design and research, while the Phase II effort will produce prototype hardware for on-engine laboratory testing.

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