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Ultrahigh-Bandwidth Robust Performance Diagnostics for Rotating Detonation Engines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9300-19-P-1506
Agency Tracking Number: F19A-011-0199
Amount: $149,638.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF19A-T011
Solicitation Number: 19.A
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-09-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-09-05
Small Business Information
4065 Executive Dr.
Beavercreek, OH 45430
United States
DUNS: 782766831
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Keith Rein
 Senior Research Engineer
 (937) 256-7733
Business Contact
 Dr. Sivaram P. Gogineni
Phone: (937) 266-9570
Research Institution
 Purdue University
 Prof. Terrence R. Meyer Prof. Terrence R. Meyer
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907
United States

 (937) 286-5711
 Nonprofit College or University

Spectral Energies proposes to design a multisensory diagnostic suite for measurements within elevated-pressure RDEs. This sensor will utilize tunable-laser absorption spectroscopy to measure temperature, pressure and H2O concentrations in the annulus of a rocket-RDE and background-oriented schlieren imaging system for flow density gradient imaging to provide time resolved information about the shock-structure within the annulus of a rocket-RDE. The team will perform objective development, experimental demonstrations diagnostics in RDEs at operating conditions that are relevant to rocket engines and the design of an improved system for Phase II. The team believes that the use of a RDE will provide at least a 10% increase in combustion efficiency and decrease the complexity of the combustor. The successful incorporation of a RDE into a rocket engine will provide the Air Force and DoD a huge cost-saving and allow for more a sustainable means of space launch.

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