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Improved Turbo/Superchargers for UAS/UGS Application

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Contract: FA8650-14-M-2469
Agency Tracking Number: O133-PR5-1011
Amount: $149,822.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD13-PR5
Solicitation Number: 2013.3
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-03-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-12-12
Small Business Information
17165 Power Dr., Nunica, MI, 49448-
DUNS: 941348278
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jack Jerovsek
 (616) 837-8975
Business Contact
 Susan Jerovek
Title: Contract Admin
Phone: (616) 837-8975
Research Institution
Baker Engineering Inc. (BEI) proposes an advanced, electrically-assisted turbocharger to meet the needs identified in this solicitation. BEI"s solution provides a lightweight, durable, self-lubricated turbocharger that will set new standards in performance on heavy fuel engines in the 50-150 Hp class. An electrically-assisted turbocharger offers supercharger characteristics to a turbocharged engine application. The turbo retains thermal efficiency benefits through conventional use of exhaust gas energy for operation, while improving engine low end power with turbo assisted operation. Integration of emerging technologies pertaining to bearing design, lubrication methods, and variable turbine geometry further improve engine performance and turbo reliability. Alternate materials and hardware design options offer weight savings capabilities to the turbo hardware. BEI will expand upon previous electrically-assisted turbo development efforts, where the concept has been demonstrated on a new engine technology called the Opposed-piston Turbo Diesel Engine. Phase I efforts will focus on designing an electrically-assisted turbocharger for this specific application, with emphasis on drive interface, cooling/lubrication, weight reduction, durability and required electronics. During Phase II, the electrically-assisted turbocharger concept will be developed into a working prototype, incorporating data and results from the Phase I effort.

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