Technical Session


The U.S. Army must have the ability to conduct Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) and provide overmatch against growing adversaries. To support these objectives, platform capabilities need to evolve to enable advanced capabilities, including increased lethality/survivability, enhanced situational awareness and higher mobility. These capabilities demand increased platform power and energy capacity, while maintaining growth margins for future capability insertion such as directed energy weapons and increased range precision fire.

In support of this mission, the Mobility Technical Session seeks papers for relevant vehicle technologies. This session focuses on addressing mobility technology for vehicle modernization and new platforms. Authors are requested to provide papers on research and engineering topics which have matured in recent years, especially technology on a transition path to an acquisition or sustainment program of record. Suggested topic areas include: Advanced Power and Energy Storage, Fuel Cell Technologies, Vehicle Running Gear, Powertrain Electrification, Powertrain, Fuels, Lubricants, and other vehicle fluids. Also of interest are technologies which enhance platform readiness through modernization and innovation of materials, fluids and coatings.

  • Battery power and energy density
  • Materials technology (anode, cathode, electrolyte and separator)
  • Battery thermal management and control
  • Standardized, scalable high-voltage battery modules and packs
  • Use of existing, common form-factor military Li-ion technologies
  • Parallel intermixing of dissimilar Li-ion 6T batteries
  • Fuel cell development, testing and integration
  • Hydrogen production (e.g., via hydrolysis, electrolysis, reformation, etc.)
  • Hydrogen fuel distribution
  • Hydrogen storage (e.g., solid, liquid, cryo-compressed, etc.)
  • Fuel cells for prime, auxiliary, and export power
  • Suspension damping control
  • Active suspension
  • Ride height management
  • Terrain preview sensing to improve off-road mobility
  • Track system induced vibration and acoustic characterization, comparison, and signature reduction
  • Track component performance, durability, and weight reduction
  • Improved elastomer performance (e.g., low losses, durability-wear, chunking, and cut resistance) in track systems
  • Onboard and export vehicle electrical power (greater than 100 kW)
  • Integrated starter generators (ISG), including engine start-stop and mild hybrids
  • Permanent-magnet free or rare-earth magnet free motor and generator design concepts
  • Silent operation vehicle propulsion technology
  • Electrification of vehicle auxiliary systems
  • High-temperature power electronics
  • High specific power (>5 kW/kg) generators
  • Engine technologies for combat and tactical vehicles
  • Transmission and drivetrain technology for wheeled and tracked vehicles
  • Propulsion systems with autonomous drive capabilities for combat, tactical and robotic applications
  • Open architecture electronic powertrain controls
  • Powertrain thermal management systems
  • The impact of off-specification fuel on engine and after treatment system performance and durability
  • Research and development of new test methods to characterize jet or diesel fuels under conditions relevant to compression-ignition engines
  • Research correlating fuel characteristics (e.g., viscosity, lubricity, cleanliness, etc.) and performance of fuel-wetted components in modern diesel equipment (e.g., high pressure common rail systems)
  • Research to identify fuel properties essential for the next generation of compression-ignition engines
  • Lubricant research and development focused on powertrain performance, durability, and fuel efficiency
  • Modern technology engine oils (e.g., low viscosity oils) - the scientific basis for their performance
  • Tribology - Advanced predictive tools for tribology research, surface texturing for lubricant retention, and low-friction triboactive coatings
  • Energy efficient fluids (e.g., hydraulic fluid)
  • ISO Class 7 brake fluids – What are they and where are they needed?
  • Multifunctional fluids (e.g., fluids that can be used in multiple components)
  • Solvents (e.g., vapor degreasing solvents used to clean components)
  • Improved heat transfer performance in extended life coolants – the scientific basis for their performance
  • Specialization of transmission fluids for future transmission designs