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Integrated Component and System Analyses of Instabilities in Test Stands

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2009 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Combustion Research and Flow Technology,
6210 Kellers Church Road Pipersville, PA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Integrated Component and System Analyses of Instabilities in Test Stands
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX09CF83P
Award Amount: $99,961.00


Instabilities associated with fluid handling and operation in liquid rocket propulsion systems and test facilities usually manifest themselves as structural vibrations and may cause structural damage such as the cracks observed in the space shuttle hydrogen feed liners. While the source of the instability is directly related to the performance of a component such as a turbopump, valve or a flow control element, the associated pressure fluctuations as they propagate through the system have the potential to amplify and resonate with natural modes of the structural elements and components of the system. The innovation described in this proposal directly relates to an innovative multi-level approach that involves integration of analysis, at both the component and systems level, into a unified simulation framework. The primary source of the unsteadiness is modeled with a high-fidelity hybrid RANS/LES based CFD methodology that has been previously used to study instabilities in feed systems. System response to the driving instability will be simulated through a lumped element modeling (LEM) technique that will approximate the behavior of all the distributed elements that constitute the system.

Principal Investigator:

Vineet Ahuja
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Paula Schachter
Business Official
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Combustion Research and Flow Technology
6210 Keller's Church Road Pipersville, PA 18947

EIN/Tax ID: 232759059
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Florida
339 Weil Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611 6250
Contact Phone: (352) 846-3017
RI Type: Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)