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Low-Temperature Performance Property Test Methods and Analysis of Thermally Stable Jet Fuels Including JP-8, JP-8-100 and Additive Packages

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 28248
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1995
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
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Marlborough, MA 01752
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Principal Investigator
 Mr Joseph W. Piche
 (508) 481-5058
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Research Institution

Although significant work has been accomplished with thermally stable fuels and additive packages for use in high-temperature applications, research must be conducted to understand how these additives affect the low-temperature performance characteristics of jet fuel, including the formation and composition of liquid phase precipitates (LPPS) and gelatinous precipitates (GPs). Until the chemical interactions, performance properties, and low temperature characteristics of the additive packages in jet fuel such as JP-8 and JP-8-100 are fully quantified and analyzed, the use of these fuels in low-temperature flight operations may place air crews and aircraft in unnecessary risk. Aspen Systems proposes to conduct an extensive fuel chemistry study of these thermally stable fuels including JP-8, JP-8-100 and additive packages, by evaluating them in a qualification matrix of low temperature performance tests. Additionally, we will design and synthesize "Novel Inclusion Molecules" which are hydrophobic molecules with integral hydrophobic interior regions. These unique compounds will effectively encapsulate dissolved matter and thus prevent the phase separation of water. To accomplish this research, we have assembled a world-class team of chemistry experts, aviation fuel experts, and university researchers, including the staff and facilities of WL/POSF.

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