Meeting the Energy Needs of Future Warriors

Meeting the Energy Needs of Future Warriors

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The central characteristic of the evolution of the combat soldier in recent years is an increasingly sophisticated array of sensing, communications, and related electronics for use in battlefield situations. The most critical factor for maintaining this evolution will be the development of power supply systems capable of operating those electronics effectively for missions up to 72 hours long. To address the challenge, it is important that new approaches be sought on how to integrate and power these electronics. To assist in addressing this problem, the Army requested the National Research Council to review the state of the art and to recommend technologies that will support the rapid development of effective power systems for the future warrior. This report presents the results of that review. It provides an assessment of various technology options for different power level requirements, power system design, and soldier energy sinks. The report also describes future design concepts, focusing on low-power systems. Recommendations for technology development and system design are presented.Small Internal Combustion Engines Numerous small engines in the commercial sector may be adaptable to military needs. ... There is no data in the technical literature on the reliability of such engines; in general, hobbyists use hobby nitro fuel with ... Deposits are likely to form on internal engine parts and on surfaces near the engine exhaust. ... to realize centimeter-sized gas turbine generators in the 10- to 200-W range have been started by Honda (Japan), IHI (Japan), the Universityanbsp;...

Title:Meeting the Energy Needs of Future Warriors
Author:Committee of Soldier Power/Energy Systems, Board on Army Science and Technology, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2004-08-31


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