This dynamic model is used to predict the transient characteristics of an integrated autothermal fuel reformer and gas turbine engine for extracting a high purity stream of hydrogen from F-76 or JP-5 logistic fuels. The system design utilizes the hydrogen in a shipboard proton exchange membrane fuel cell power plant which incorporates a water-gas shift reactor for increasing hydrogen yield and a separation membrane for extracting a pure stream of hydrogen gas from the reformer output. Lumped parameter governing equations are employed to simulate the many vessels used in the reforming of high molecular weight hydrocarbons. This model will serve as a testing ground for control methodology development and to predict limitations in transient response during electrical load variations typical of Naval applications.
Capabilities to design, fabricate and test new armor concepts are offered. Recent advances being made include lightweight armor where one of the surfaces to be protected is in fluid contact. Examples are surface ships, submarines, small boats, buoys, tanks, oil rigs, pipelines and nuclear storage. Other advances are being made in above ground structure and vehicle protection using high deformation rate elastomers and elastomer/ceramic combinations. Patented developments also include the use of a syntactic foam to protect fixed or movable structures from ballistic impact as well as novel manufacturing processes such as a process for forming pressure cast alumina tile reinforced aluminum alloy armor. Relationships are sought with parties interested in licensing or partnering for continued development.