A High Power Density Rotary Engine for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-14-C-0065
Agency Tracking Number: S2-0211
Amount: $1,109,562.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N10A-T001
Solicitation Number: 2010.A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-09-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-09-18
Small Business Information
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, -
DUNS: 147518286
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Raouf Loutfy
 President
 (520) 574-1980
 rloutfy@mercorp.com
Business Contact
 James Withers
Title: C.E.O.
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: jcwithers@mercorp.com
Research Institution
 University of Arizona
 Kimberly A Espy
 P.O. Box 210158, Rm 520
Tucson, AZ, 85721-0158
 (520) 626-6000
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
In Phase I MER demonstrated the superior performance and power-to-weight ratios of the VS-Rotary engine. In Phase II MER will team with the University of Arizona who will provide engine modeling, simulation, and analysis along with advanced precision machining and fabrication. MER will also team with NCE of Tucson to provide test and systems integration development of the engine to the application. This project builds upon a NAVAIR UAV propulsion SBIR where MER demonstrated the VS-Rotary design for a projected 50HP use. Unlike the Wankel rotary design the, VS-Rotary has vanes that move in/out along the elliptical engine case as the rotor spins. In Phase II MER will design the vane & rotor seals, lubrication system, and fuel injection system, and the university will model and fabricate the engine scaled for the specific defense application called TALOS. The MER team will conduct tests to validate models and demonstrate power performance and efficiency. The effort will culminate by building and delivering two wearable prototype VS-Rotary power systems.

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