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Application of RSM and Optimization to Plume Signature Analysis

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
69563
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
B041-033-1002
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SIERRA ENGINEERING, INC.
603 East Robinson Street Suite 7 Carson City, NV -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Application of RSM and Optimization to Plume Signature Analysis
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: FA9300-04-M-3105
Award Amount: $99,999.00
 

Abstract:

We propose using response surface methodology (RSM) as a tool to better understand the effects of engine design parameters and operating conditions on plume signature, and to improve signature predictions through optimized selection of analysis inputs. Often rocket engine operating conditions and design variables are not well known, either because the systems being simulated are foreign, or because hardware designs prevent the accurate measurement or calculation of key conditions. For example, true injector element flow may be difficult or impossible to obtain due to pressure mal-distribution in the injector manifold. This innovative application of RSM could provide a method of selecting unknown or poorly known inputs by using plume observations as an input selection driver. In fact, inputs could be optimized to determine the most likely engine hardware design and operating conditions based on plume observations. The plume signature predictions resulting from the RSM optimized inputs are bound to be more accurate than inputs developed using current selection methods since the inputs will be selected to reflect known signature data.

Principal Investigator:

Scott M. Palmer
Engineer
9163636162
scott@sierraengineering.com

Business Contact:

Curtis W. Johnson
President
7758850139
cwj@sierraengineering.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SIERRA ENGINEERING, INC.
603 East Robinson Street, Suite 7 Carson City, NV 89701

EIN/Tax ID: 880391383
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No