Demonstration of a JP-8 Powered Compact ECU

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$99,954.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-10-M-0053
Agency Tracking Number:
O09B-002-4016
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD09-T002
Solicitation Number:
2009.B
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, 32955
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
175302579
Principal Investigator:
Robert Scaringe
PI/Sr. Reserach Engineer
(321) 631-3550
rps@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact:
Michael Rizzo
Controller
(321) 631-3550
mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution:
Florida Institute of Technology
John P Politano, Jr.
150 West University Boulevard
Meoburne, FL, 32901
(321) 674-7239
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Military shelters currently use electrically driven Environmental Control Units (ECUs) to provide cooling for the air inside the shelter. The ECU is vapor compression cycle powered by a diesel generator, operating on JP-8 fuel. Other than fueling jet engines, the largest drain on U.S. military fuel supplies in current operations comes from running generators at forward operating bases. In hot climates, ECUs consume the largest share of generated power. The overall fuel–to-cooling COP of current systems is about 0.45. The DoD seeks an improvement to an overall COP of 0.9. Prior DoD efforts have been unable to achieve a competitive COP and compact size. This proposal discloses a compact lightweight system to achieve the required COP, size, and weight. The goal of this STTR Phase I effort is to demonstrate experimentally the benefits of Mainstream’s system. This proposal contains the details of a JP-8 Fuel-Powered ECU cooling/heating system that will provide 5 tons of cooling, weigh less than the 575-pound limit (excluding fuel), and operate at ambient temperatures, ranging from -25°F to 130°F.

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