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Application of Silicon Carbide Photodiode Flame Temperature Sensors in an…

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2006 / SBIR
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Impact Technologies, LLC
NY Rochester, NY 14623-2893
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Application of Silicon Carbide Photodiode Flame Temperature Sensors in an Active Combustion Pattern Factor Control System
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-06-M-2656
Award Amount: $99,893.00


Impact Technologies, in cooperation with General Electric's Global Research Center, propose an intelligent pattern factor control concept that will utilize an innovative Silicon Carbide photodiode-based UV Flame Temperature Sensor (FTS) in an adaptive/learning controller that can compensate for degradations/errors in the combustion system. The core developments will be based on the integration of the first-time use of the FTS in an engine application, coupled with a learning neural network control algorithm that can accommodate for errors in the combustion monitoring process. This innovative engine control concept consists of the following key elements: 1) Learning Neural Network using Model Inversion Compensation control system - takes into account errors in the combustion balancing and actuation model; 2) Signal health estimation - if the sensors are unreliable or not giving consistent information as a group, then the system takes this into account; and 3) Nozzle health estimation and accommodation - if the combustion hardware is unhealthy (e.g. nozzle coking), the adaptive controller will alter system behavior accordingly. The Phase I concept will be demonstrated within a dSPACE hardware-in-the-loop simulation that can simulate real-time behavior of relevant combustor pattern faults.

Principal Investigator:

Michael J. Roemer
Director of Engineering

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Mark L. Redding
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200 Canal View Blvd Rochester, NY 14623

EIN/Tax ID: 161567136
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No