University of Dayton Gets $49.5M from USAF for Jet Fuel Research
University of Dayton Research Institute in Dayton, OH received a $49.5 million contract to conduct jet fuel research under the Fuels and Combustion Technologies for Aerospace Propulsion program.
The institute will investigate and evaluate advanced fuels and fuel technologies, fuel systems component development, advance combustor and augmenter designs, advanced fuel properties measurement, fuel system component development and safety, combustion emissions and their integration into advanced aerospace applications.
The institute received its 1st USAF contract for the fuel research program in 2003…
Under the 5-year, $31.5 million contract awarded in 2003, the University of Dayton Research Institute was tasked to improve conventional fuels and develop advanced fuels, additives and fuel/combustion technologies for advanced aircraft and aerospace systems.
Research is being conducted at the von Ohain Fuels & Combustion Center named for one of the inventors of jet propulsion, Hans von Ohain.
The center conducts research in fuels, combustion, modeling and simulation, environmental engineering, and engineering services. In addition to the USAF, the center has research contracts with NASA, US Army, Federal Aviation Administration, US Department of Energy, the state of Ohio, and industrial clients such as GE Aviation, Parker, Solar Turbines, AVETeC, ExxonMobile, Lubrizol, BASF, DuPont, and Society of Plastics Industries.
In 2007, the center opened a fuels and combustion laboratory. The lab space includes 3,500 square feet for fuels and combustion work, about 750 for environmental engineering, and about 750 for bio-environmental work.
At this time, $1.6 million has been obligated under the most recent USAF contract, which is managed by the Fuels Branch of the Air Force Research Lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio (FA8650-10-2-2934).