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Wave Front Imaging for Dense Sprays

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Creare, Inc.
NH Hanover, NH 03755-3116
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Wave Front Imaging for Dense Sprays
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-11-C-0497
Award Amount: $495,227.00


The performance of modern combustion systems used in propulsion devices (such as gas turbine main combustors, augmentors, and rockets) is largely dependent on the mixing of fuel and oxidizer. This mixing process, often involving a liquid jet emanating into a gaseous flow followed by subsequent breakup and atomization, is critically important to many performance metrics including thrust, efficiency, static stability, dynamic stability, and emissions. Despite the importance of jet breakup and atomization, the process is poorly understood and design approaches are largely based on correlations, yielding mixed results. Our poor understanding of liquid jet dynamics is partly due to the fact that the diagnostic tools currently available to study liquid jet behavior have a limited ability to visualize the dense core region of the jet. Near field dynamics occurring close to the injector typically play a dominant role in determining the fuel distribution in the combustion zone. During our Phase I project, Creare and MIT applied an emerging 3-D imaging technique called Wave Front Imaging (WFI) to sprays for the first time. In Phase II, we will optimize WFI hardware and software into a powerful research tool, and demonstrate the new diagnostic under conditions relevant to aerospace propulsion.

Principal Investigator:

Darin Knaus
Principal Investigator
(603) 643-3800

Business Contact:

James Barry
(603) 643-3800
Small Business Information at Submission:

Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71 Hanover, NH -

EIN/Tax ID: 020259551
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Mass Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Bldg. E19-750
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
Contact: Michael P. Corcoran
Contact Phone: (617) 253-3906