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Plasma and Photoionization Approaches for Combustion Initiation

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
2004 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Research Support Instruments, Inc.
4325-B Forbes Blvd. Lanham, MD 20706-4854
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Plasma and Photoionization Approaches for Combustion Initiation
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-04-C-0043
Award Amount: $498,473.00


The Phase I research conducted jointly by Research Support Instruments (RSI) and the Applied Physics Group of Princeton University has yielded results that could lead to a paradigm shift in combustion research being conducted on engines for both supersonic and hypersonic flight. Research to date has yielded laminar flame speed increases of 65%, and the physical models developed indicate that it may be possible to double or even triple the flame speed using a refinement of our techniques. In our testing, microwave energy is absorbed into the thin flame region and does not lead to breakdown elsewhere. The logical progression of this research would be to extend this technique such that a microwave resonator is incorporated into the design of a high-speed combustor. In order to build upon the results of Phase I research and to successfully develop a novel method of combustion control and enhancement, the following items will be addressed in the proposed Phase II program: mechanisms of flame speed increase in subcritical microwave field energy efficiency of the proposed approach application of the process to turbulent and/or non-premixed flames development of basic design for testing the new method at AFRL (WPAFB) facilities

Principal Investigator:

Daniel J. Sullivan
Principal Scientist

Business Contact:

Chris Rollins
Vice President
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20 New England Business Center Andover, MA 01810

EIN/Tax ID: 521700379
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Research Institution Information:
Princeton University
Rm D414 E-Quad, Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
Contact: Richard Miles
Contact Phone: (609) 258-4741
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university