Metal Hydride Preheater for M2 Diesel Burner

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 36887
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1997
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
176 Waltham St, Watertown, MA, 02172
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Gerstmann
 (617) 926-6700
Business Contact
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Research Institution
The XA2 gasoline burner is widely used by the military to meet a variety of food preparation and heating requirements in the field. Because of the trend toward an single-fuel Army vehicle fleet and away from gasoline as a general purpose fuel, a diesel/JPS fueled burner is sorely needed. A recently developed catalytic vapor generator together with the proposed metal-hydride preheater should provide all of the desired features, including safe and reliable operation with a wide range of fuels, in a simple and rugged configuration. The objective of the proposed project is to demonstrate the feasibility of this concept. In Phase I of the project, an experimental catalytic vapor generator and metal-hydride preheater would be built and tested to determine the thermal requirements and operating characteristics. The overall feasibility of the concept would be evaluated and a preliminary design of a production prototype would be prepared. The proposed preheater would provide an interim solution for burning distillate fuels in the M2 gasoline burner until a powered version is introduced, and where electric power is unavailable. It would be adaptable to recreation and construction applications that require a safe multi-fuel alternative to gasoline and propane heaters.

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