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Improved Reliability Laser Based Ignition System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-15-C-0303
Agency Tracking Number: N141-021-0434
Amount: $749,470.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N141-021
Solicitation Number: 2014.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-06-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-06-29
Small Business Information
1 Electronics Dr
Mercerville, NJ 08619-2054
United States
DUNS: 602750358
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Robert Leeuwen
 (609) 584-9696
 rleeuwen@princetonoptronics.com
Business Contact
 Narayan Bhatta
Title: Technical Point of Contact
Phone: (609) 584-9696
Email: nbhatta@princetonoptronics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

Navy needs improved reliability ignition systems for aerospace engines to reduce flameouts at high altitudes as well as reduce maintenance cost because of the need to frequently replace the conventional spark plug igniters for fuel ignition in the engines. Laser ignition, whose feasibility has been demonstrated in the past decade for conventional natural gas and gasoline engines is very well suited for ignition in the aircraft engines. They would be very reliable and would reduce the spark plug related repairs needed for the aircraft engines. They would also reduce engine flameout and reduce the relight time for the engines, improve the fuel efficiency and reduce the NOx emissions.The new technology of high power VCSEL pumps and VCSEL pumped solid state lasers developed at Princeton Optronics is finding application toward laser spark plugs for automobile and natural gas engine applications. Princeton Optronics studied the feasibility of laser ignition in phase I and proposes to develop the prototype in phase II.

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