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Advanced Measurement Capability of Turbine Engine Exhaust and Jet Flows through Non-intrusive Methods

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-20-P-0364
Agency Tracking Number: F19C-010-0169
Amount: $24,988.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF19C-T010
Solicitation Number: 19.C
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-12-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-12-12
Small Business Information
106 E. Warren St
Tullahoma, TN 37388
United States
DUNS: 080511545
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Bryan Hayes
 (931) 588-2001
Business Contact
 Bryan Hayes
Phone: (931) 588-2001
Research Institution
 University of Tennessee Space Institute
 Dr. Mark Whorton Dr. Mark Whorton
411 B.H. Goethert Pkwy
Tullahoma, TN 37388
United States

 (931) 393-7213
 Nonprofit College or University

The United States Air Force (USAF) at Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) has identified a need for improved turbine engine exhaust flow measurement. Non-Contact Technologies, LLC, (NCT) seeks to apply research techniques developed by the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) for non-intrusive diagnostics of exhaust and gas flows from turbine engines during ground testing. The USAF is developing new turbine engines with variable cycles and integrated exhaust systems that introduce special challenges (acoustics, off axis thrust generation, nozzle heating, etc) during ground testing. New measurement and analysis techniques are needed to ensure representative ground tests are performed during development, as well as protecting the test article and test facility. This STTR will address many of the USAF advanced engines ground test needs as clearly stated in the attached Air Force stakeholder letter of support. In addition, NCT, in cooperation with UTSI, will investigate commercialization of the measurement technique by developing the system into a field deployable unit, including altitude test cells and flight line testing.

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