Stable, Premixed-Charge Compression-Ignition (PCCI) Engine Using Real-Time Combustion Feedback

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$69,986.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
M67854-10-C-6534
Solitcitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2010
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N093-162-0920
Solicitation Topic Code:
N093-162
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, 32955
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
175302579
Principal Investigator
 Paul Yelvington
 PI/Sr. Chemical Engineer
 (321) 631-3550
 pyelvington@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Email: mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Mainstream Engineering Corp. (MEC) proposes developing a Pressure-Feedback, Premixed-Charge Compression-Ignition (PF-PCCI) retrofit kit for military diesel engines. PCCI combustion uses extremely early injection under certain load/speed points to dramatically improve combustion efficiency and reduce emissions. PCCI also improves the overall fuel-conversion efficiency by allowing the combustion of very lean mixtures which are more favorable thermodynamically. Unfortunately, PCCI combustion, which has received a great deal of recent attention by the engine research community, is difficult to control because the combustion depends strongly on the complex chemical kinetics of the fuel. MEC will address this problem by using a new class of pressure sensor to provide real-time feedback on the combustion phasing. That real-time control signal, in conjunction with a high-pressure electronic fuel injection system, will be used to stabilize PCCI combustion. In Phase I, MEC will design and implement the PF-PCCI hardware and ECU software and perform dynamometer testing to demonstrate its brake fuel consumption, emissions, and noise. In Phase II, MEC will transition the Phase I prototype hardware to a nearly production-ready retrofit kit that will be delivered to the Marine Corp for further evaluation.

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