Compact and Reliable Burner that Operates on Military Logistic Fuels

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-07-M-5915
Agency Tracking Number: F071-131-2991
Amount: $98,620.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-131
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
244 Sobrante Way, Sunnyvale, CA, 94086
DUNS: 183365410
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Kelly
 (408) 328-8302
Business Contact
 Mehdi Namazian
Title: Vice President
Phone: (408) 328-8303
Research Institution
Compact burners, capable of using a range of logistics fuels, are needed in support of fuel cell reformer systems. High efficiency, rapid startup and long term reliability are key criteria. Current spray burner and other designs have difficulty in meeting these objectives as a result of heat driven fuel transformations that clog small passages and cause flame instability, and even burner shutdown. Altex has identified the Compact and Reliable Burner that can address heat capacity needs from 0.5 to 15 kW, without the degradation problems associated with conventional burners. Preliminary tests have shown the potential of the concept. Under the proposed effort, the innovative burner technology will be adapted to the Air Force application of interest, and feasibility will be proven through analysis and tests on several military fuels, including JP-8. Lastly, the performance and cost benefits of the concept will be quantified and the advantages of the concept over alternatives will be determined.

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