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Practical Multi-Disciplinary Analysis Tools for Combustion Devices

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2005 / STTR
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Tetra Research Corporation
420 Park Ave. W Princeton, IL 61356-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Practical Multi-Disciplinary Analysis Tools for Combustion Devices
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNM05AA62C
Award Amount: $99,999.00


The use of multidisciplinary analysis (MDA) techniques for complex fluid/structure interaction phenomena is increasing as proven numerical and visualization algorithms and high performance computing (HPC) platforms become more prevalent. Parallel solution methodologies and networked computing clusters are readily available, yet the challenge of bringing highly sophisticated MDA research algorithms into a fast-paced NASA engineering environment still remains. In particular, if the time accurate solution of fluid and thermal structural responses becomes practical, then significant improvements in the analysis of modern rocket engine combustion chambers and other space transportation subsystems will be achieved. Continued improvements in current research tools and further validation of physical models are needed to develop practical MDA capabilities within the growing multidisciplinary engineering community. Our research will produce an innovative MDA system based on an existing multi-physics code (CHEM) to compute the turbulent, chemically reacting flow and coupled structural heating of given configurations. Our unique approach, involving solution adaptive algorithms on generalized unstructured grids, will provide NASA with an important capability to solve fluid/structure interaction problems in a collaborative engineering environment. Furthermore, our hands-on experience with complex MDA problems will help ensure that the research product will offer NASA a significantly

Principal Investigator:

Rex Chamberlain
Principal Investigator

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Rex Chamberlain
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Tetra Research Corporation
2610 Spicewood Trail Huntsville, AL 35811

EIN/Tax ID: 631157523
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Research Institution Information:
Mississippi State University
Engineering Research Center
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Contact: Edward Luke
Contact Phone: (662) 325-4586
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university