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Development of a Liquid Hydrocarbon Fuel System for Pulse Detonation Engines

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
40796
Program Year/Program:
1998 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
40796
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ADVANCED PROJECTS RESEARCH, INC.
1925 McKinley Avenue Suite B La Verne, CA 91750 5800
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1998
Title: Development of a Liquid Hydrocarbon Fuel System for Pulse Detonation Engines
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

The Pulse Detonation Engine (PDE) is an intermittent combustion engine that relies on traveling detonation waves for the combustion and compression elements of the prosulsive cycle. This engine may be used as a low cost propulsion system in defense flight vehicle system applications or as the low speed cycle for a high Mach number combined cycle engine system. The mechanical simplicity of this engine provides for low cost and high reliability permitting use in low cost vehicles. The simple geometry naturally provides for integration into a new combined cycle engine with ramjets. To date, APRI has focused on using highly reactive and detonable fuels in the development of PDE systems and subsystems. Specifically, APRI has focused on the use of hydrogen fuel, for use in multi-mode PDE-ramjet-scramjet combined cycle systems. However, the use of storable liquid hydrocarbon fuels that are of this engine in defense systems such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), cruise missiles, and target drones. Hence this proposal describes the conceptual design for a practical low-cost PDE and a development path for the use of liquid hydrocarbon fuels in PDE's.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Thomas H. Sobota
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Business Contact:


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Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Projects Research,
1925 McKinley Avenue Laverne, CA 91750

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DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No