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Flameless Combustion for Kitchen Appliances

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-10-C-0025
Agency Tracking Number: A2-3935
Amount: $729,973.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-187
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-12-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-12-20
Small Business Information
410 Sackett Point Road
North Haven, CT -
United States
DUNS: 178154456
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Richard Mastanduno
 Principal Investigator
 (203) 287-3700
Business Contact
 John Scanlon
Title: Finance Manager/Controlle
Phone: (203) 287-3700
Research Institution

PCI is developing a high efficiency, ultra-low emissions, quiet and lightweight JP8-fueled 20 kBTU/hr catalytic flameless kitchen griddle technology that is controllable, modular, robust, and meets Army and other DoD field needs including for field use, maintainability and modular integration into kitchen systems. Phase I achieved successful proof-of-concept, with many objectives exceeded. Flameless combustion is achieved using a unique short contact time Microlith catalytic burner enabling compact size, sulfur-tolerant high fuel conversion efficiency, high heat transfer, and rapid startup and transient response. The design integrates several innovations to enable complete flameless combustion without coking and with lightweight heat recuperation for very high efficiency (85% achieved in Phase I) in a robust modular system that weighs less than the current MBU. MTBS service intervals are targeted to be 500 hours, with catalyst component life in the thousands of hours. Specific Phase II design and development will meet Army functional needs, will include prototype testing, modeling, and analysis, and a prototype will be delivered. This new design builds on prior PCI successes in fuel injection, catalytic combustion, recuperation and compact burners that have already been transitioned to Phase III in the Army and Navy.

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