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Development of Multi-Frequency Multi-Scale Radiation Transport Modeling

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-10-C-0032
Agency Tracking Number: F08A-020-0062
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF08-T020
Solicitation Number: 2008.A
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-01-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2012-01-12
Small Business Information
455 Science Drive Suite 140
Madison, WI 53711
United States
DUNS: 024968708
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Joseph MacFarlane
 Senior Scientist
 (608) 280-9182
Business Contact
 Joseph MacFarlane
Title: President
Phone: (608) 280-9182
Research Institution
 University of Wisconsin
 E. Diane Barrett
21 North Park Street Suite 6401
Madison, WI 53715
United States

 (608) 262-3822
 Nonprofit College or University

The objective of this proposal is to develop advanced radiation transport modeling techniques that accurately and efficiently treat transport in media having widely varying optical properties; in particular, hot gases and plasmas with optical depths ranging from the optically thin to the optically thick regimes. We will develop a hybrid diffusion-Monte Carlo (HDMC) model that efficiently transports multi-frequency radiation on multi-dimensional grids. During Phase I, we have successfully developed algorithms for the HDMC package, and demonstrated their accuracy and efficiency on simple 1-D grids. We have also investigated variance reduction, escape probability, and domain decomposition techniques for improving the efficiency and accuracy of the HDMC modeling. Algorithms developed during Phase I will be extended to support simulations on multi-dimensional grids during Phase II. Advanced techniques for treating: the interfacing between the diffusion and Monte Carlo models on non-orthogonal grids; domain decomposition for large-scale 3-D grids; and escape probability-based line transport will be developed and implemented. The models will be benchmarked against known solutions, and tested for efficiency and scalability to many-processor systems. Successful completion of this work will result in an efficient multi-scale multi-dimensional radiation transport package that accurately treats radiation flow in materials with realistic frequency-dependent radiative properties. BENEFIT: This project will develop state-of-the-art tools that numerically simulate the radiative properties of hot gases and plasmas. This capability is of substantial interest to a number of government laboratory research programs, including those supported by DOD and DOE. In addition, this project will lead to the development of tools that accurately simulate plasma spectral and radiative properties. Such tools are of significant value in developing commercial systems related to laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) and plasma radiation sources, such as those used in EUV lithography and medical research and technology.

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