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Methane Arcjet Sooting Evaluation and Control

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
20042
Program Year/Program:
1993 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
20042
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Electric Propulsion Laboratory Inc
1040 Synthes Ave Monument, CO 80132
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1993
Title: Methane Arcjet Sooting Evaluation and Control
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $75,000.00
 

Abstract:

Methane propellant has the potential for achieving arcjet performance levels close to that of pure hydrogen. However, methane has a cryogenic storage density six times that of hydrogen, and a 100 C higher minimum storage temperature requirement. A Phase I program to determine the extent of the sooting problem in arcjets operating with mehtane propellant is described. Three approaches to minimizing sooting are presented, and specific experiments to validate these approaches are described for performance in Phase I. These experiments utilize proprietary EPL arcjet hardware and extensive supporting test facilities, rather than an electrode simulation which might result in ambiguous phenomena. The success of this proposed Phase I program would enable development in Phase II of a methane arcjet with superior performance to existing space storable arcjet propellants.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Graeme Aston
7194814411

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Electric Propulsion
1040 Synthes Avenue Monument, CO 80132

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No