Low-Power Atomization/Vaporization System for Logistics Fuels

Period of Performance: 01/01/2005 - 01/01/2007

$730K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Creare, Inc.
16 Great Hollow Road Array
Hanover, NH 03755
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

Soldiers in the field require compact portable combustion-fired devices for cooking and heating, but existing hardware is not capable of using the logistics fuels (JP-8 and diesel) that are most readily available in forward locations due to the atomization and evaporation characteristics of these heavy fuels. An innovative fuel delivery device is proposed that will generate fine aerosols of logistics fuels to promote rapid vaporization with limited preheating. The device will be compact and consume only minimal electric power, making long-term battery operation practical. The technology behind the micro-atomizer has been demonstrated for other aerosol generation applications and can be readily integrated with a wide range of combustion devices. Phase I demonstrated the feasibility of the proposed device by building and testing proof-of-principle hardware. Phase II will involve fabrication and testing of prototype fuel delivery devices culminating in the delivery of hardware for initial field-testing and demonstration.