Monday December 14, 2009

Research Institute Receives Largest Award Ever

The U.S. Air Force gives the Research Institute a six-year, $49.5 million award to develop advanced jet fuels and combustion technologies.

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Propulsion Directorate has given a six-year, $49.5 million award to the University of Dayton Research Institute to develop advanced jet fuels and combustion technologies.

The six-year cooperative grant – the research institute's largest award ever – begins immediately and will address the improvement of conventional fuels and the development of advanced fuels, including biofuels, advanced synthetic fuels and renewable energy resources.

Research also will include expanding the current technology base and development of new additives and fuel/combustion technologies for advanced aircraft and aerospace systems.

“Fuels and combustion are the critical and enabling technologies that will make possible major advances in aerospace propulsion for military and commercial air travel. Therefore, the goal of this research program is to investigate and evaluate advanced (conventional and alternative) fuels and combustion technologies for aerospace propulsion systems. This research will extend the technology base for development, validation, and fielding of alternative jet fuels from various feedstock (including bio and renewables), high heat sink fuels, low-temperature fuels, fuel-additive-material compatibility, mitigating biological contaminants, modeling and simulation of fuels and combustion processes, and reduced emissions of gaseous and particulate matter for 21st century aircraft systems,” said Dilip Ballal, director head of the Institute's energy and environmental engineering division and von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center.

To address the above Air Force goals, the proposed program has seven broad objectives:  (1) investigate analytical and diagnostics technologies for fuels, additives and combustion processes; (2) advanced/alternate fuels development, evaluation, demonstration and management; (3) advance affordable fuel/combustion additive technologies; (4) support alternative fuel development; (5) materials compatibility; (6) modeling and simulation; and (7) technology integration and demonstration for thermal management ,and fuel system operability, supportability and maintainability.

The Research Institute's previous record award was a $31.5 million award in 2003 that expanded to $47.5 million. That award will expire Sept. 30, 2010.

Pamela Gregg at 937-229-3268.