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Novel Initiators for Pulse Detonation Engines

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
83471
Program Year/Program:
2007 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N074-033-0010
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Acree Technologies Incorporated
1980 Olivera Ave Suite D Concord, CA 94520-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Novel Initiators for Pulse Detonation Engines
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-07-M-0419
Award Amount: $69,999.00
 

Abstract:

In this project a novel plasma source known as a CAPS will be used to produce high-density plasma for rapid and reliable detonation initiation for Pulse Detonation Engines (PDE). The CAPS will be run at 100's of Hz and deliver 1-2 J of energy per pulse. CAPS plasma sources produce dense, hypersonic plasma with electron energies of 7-20 eV, sufficient to disassociate atoms and create radicals that can initiate and accelerate the combustion process. The advantage of this approach is that there are no moving parts, so it is very reliable and robust. It is capable of being energized in a matter of microseconds compared to at least milliseconds for mechanical systems. Other plasma devices require kilovolts to operate. The CAPS only uses 100-600 V to ignite and operates at 20 V bias, which reduces noise and the danger of breakdown outside the combustion chamber.

Principal Investigator:

Mike McFarland
Principal Scientist
9257985770
mcfarland@acreetech.com

Business Contact:

Ann Mulville
Contracts Monitor
9257985770
mulville@acreetech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ACREE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
1900 Bates Ave. Suite G Concord, CA 94520

EIN/Tax ID: 201250852
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF TEXAS, ARLINGTON
BOX 19018 500 W. FIRST ST.
211 WOOLF HALL
Arlington, TX 76091
Contact: Frank Lu
Contact Phone: (817) 272-2603
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university