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Characterizing JP-10 High Temperature Decomposition Chemistry using RMG - An…

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Department of Defense
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2009 / STTR
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Aerodyne Research, Inc.
45 Manning Road Billerica, MA 01821-
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Woman-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Characterizing JP-10 High Temperature Decomposition Chemistry using RMG - An Automatic Reaction Mechanism Generator
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-09-C-0367
Award Amount: $70,000.00


Aerodyne Research, Inc. (ARI) and MIT are collaborating to establish the feasibility of fully characterizing the complex chemistry of JP-10 high temperature decomposition, in the presence of oxygen, using a novel automatic reaction mechanism generation tool (RMG) developed at MIT. JP-10 is a very attractive fuel for missile and other air-breathing propulsion applications due to its high energy density. However, JP-10 chemistry remains only partially understood, limiting its successful adoption for these applications. Currently, the biggest gap in published literature is in the chemistry of JP-10 initial decomposition to C5 hydrocarbons, in the presence of oxygen. In Phase I, the ARI/MIT team will apply RMG to develop a detailed reaction mechanism for these initial JP-10 decomposition steps. Our approach bypasses the tedious and error-prone manual model construction processes, enabling us to obtain a more comprehensive reaction mechanism in a more efficient way. Transport properties will also be provided, using group additivity concepts. Phase I results will set the foundation for Phase II when the complete, comprehensive reaction mechanism of JP-10 high temperature decomposition will be established and extensively validated through shock tube experiments. Phase I option will bridge the gap, beginning to explore further decomposition of the C5 species.

Principal Investigator:

Oluwayemisi O. Oluwole
Senior Chemical Engineer

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George N. Wittreich
Executive Vice President
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Aerodyne Research, Inc.
45 Manning Road Billerica, MA 01821

EIN/Tax ID: 042471226
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Building E19-750
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
Contact: Chanell L. Rome
Contact Phone: (617) 324-9012
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university