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A COLOR SCHLIEREN SYSTEM FOR LARGE SCALE LOW-GRAVITY MPS FLUIDS EXPERIMENTS

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
1790
Program Year/Program:
1986 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
1790
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
System Specialists Inc.
3125 East 47th St Tucson, AZ 85713
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1986
Title: A COLOR SCHLIEREN SYSTEM FOR LARGE SCALE LOW-GRAVITY MPS FLUIDS EXPERIMENTS
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $250,000.00
 

Abstract:

A NUMBER OF LOW GRAVITY MATERIALS PROCESSING EXPERIMENTS SUCH AS CRYSTAL GROWTH STUDIES REQUIRE A SPECIALIZED OPTICAL SYSTEM CAPABLE OF FLOW VISUALIZATION. SEVERAL SUCH SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN BUILT FOR USE IN SPACE AND BALLISTIC AIRCRAFT FLIGHTS, INCLUDING SCHLIEREN SYSTEMS. HOWEVER, NO COLOR SCHLIEREN SYSTEM HAS BEEN DEVELOPED FOR THESE APPLICATIONS. A COLOR SCHLIEREN SYSTEM PRODUCES DATA MORE AMENABLE TO DETAILED ANALYSIS THAN A STANDARD SCHLIEREN SYSTEM, AND SINCE WHITE LIGHT SOURCES ARE MORE ENERGY-EFFICIENT THAN LASERS, IT SHOULD BE POSSIBLE WITH THIS SYSTEM TO STUDY LARGER SAMPLES UNDER THE LIMITED POWER CONDITIONS OF FLIGHT THAN HAS BEEN POSSIBLE WITH EARLIER SYSTEMS. THIS PROJECT THEREFORE DEVELOPS AND BUILDS A SMALL PROTOTYPE COLOR SCHLIEREN SYSTEM AND TESTS IT ON THE NASA KC-135 LOW GRAVITY SIMULATION AIRCRAFT. ITS SUITABILITY FOR MICROGRAVITY MATERIALS PROCESSING APPLICATIONS SUCH AS CRYSTAL GROWTH AND BIOLOGICAL EXPERIMENTS REQUIRING SIMPLE FLOW VISUALIZATION ARE EVALUATED, LAYING THE GROUND WORK FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A LARGE SCALE SYSTEM.

Principal Investigator:

Wade M. Poteet
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System Specialists
11200 Calle Aurora Tucson, AZ 85748

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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No