A Fast-Response, Electronically Controlled Fuel Injection System for Small Heavy Fuel Engines with Multi-Fuel Capabilities

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,458.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-10-M-0272
Award Id:
95154
Agency Tracking Number:
N10A-033-0740
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 10T033
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, 32955
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
175302579
Principal Investigator:
Joesph Homitz
PI/Mechanical Engineer
(321) 631-6335
jhomitz@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact:
Michael Rizzo
Controller
(321) 631-3550
mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution:
University of Wisconsin
Jaal Ghandi
21 N. Park Avenue
Suite 6401
Madison, WI, 53715
(608) 262-3822
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Advances in electronically controlled injection technologies for diesel engines have provided a method to improve medium- to heavy-duty engine performance through increased injection pressures, multiple injections, and injection rate shaping. Although these injection systems have been primarily limited to larger engines, the ability to rapidly and precisely meter fuel for smaller engines is particularly important for small ground-based and UAV engines. With small ground-based and UAV engines, electronically controlled fuel injection could be used to improve fuel efficiency, increase power density, reduce noise, and/or reduce emissions. The ability to meter fuel rapidly would allow precise control of small UAV engines at high rpm. Mainstream proposes to develop a fast-response, electronically controlled fuel injection system (including the injector, pump, and control system) for engines in the 5-20 hp range through innovative improvements to existing technology. The system will have multi-fuel capability and will be packaged to allow retrofitting to existing engines. In Phase I, Mainstream and the University of Wisconsin, a leader in the field of internal combustion research, will carry out an experimental evaluation to prove the feasibility and value of the proposed improvements. In Phase II, the team will fabricate and evaluate an integrated system with an operational engine.

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