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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY19 is not expected to be complete until June, 2020.

  1. Evaluation of Rotating Detonation Rocket Engines for Booster or Upper Stage Launch Vehicles: The Next Step Towards Flight Development

    SBC: GHKN Engineering, LLC            Topic: AF181030

    Having previously designed, built and successfully tested a Rotating Detonation Rocket Engine (RDRE), GHKN Engineering proposes to evaluate the feasibility of RDRE technology for boost or upper stage propulsion for launch of small satellites to LEO. RDREs represent an innovative new rocket technology that harnesses the potential of continuous detonation combustion in elegant, compact, annular desi ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  2. Development of a Fuel-Lubricated Bearing for UAV Engines

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: AF181035

    Small aerial unmanned vehicles (UAVs) are vital for a wide variety of military missions and have experienced increases in operational requirements that have outpaced their capabilities. The propulsion system is a key design constraint in any UAV, and current small gas turbines for these vehicles are limited by the conventional oil-lubricated rolling element bearings used to suspend their high-spee ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  3. Next Generation Satellite Transponder using Low-Cost Adaptive HPA Linearization Technologies

    SBC: MAXENTRIC TECHNOLOGIES, LLC            Topic: AF181041

    To meet the requirements for AF171_041, "Next Generation Satellite Transponder using Low-Cost Adaptive HPA Linearization Technologies," MaXentric proposes a solution that essentially utilizes the existing satellite hardware to implement adaptive bandlimited digital pre-distortion (DPD). The pre-distortion will work within the bandwidths of the existing hardware and does not require any new ADCs/DA ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  4. Robust Fuel Injectors for Combustion Instability Reduction

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: AF181026

    Combustion instability is an ongoing concern for military propulsion systems such as augmented gas turbine engines. Augmentor screech can limit the performance of military aircraft, and can cause durability issues or even catastrophic failure if it occurs. Modern augmentors have close-coupled fueling using simple round injectors to minimize manufacturing cost. In a jet-in-crossflow injector, liqui ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  5. High-Frequency Ionospheric Visualization Environment (High-FIVE)

    SBC: Northwest Research Associates, Inc.            Topic: AF181022

    In support of the Hi-FIVE effort in wideband HF communications, optimized frequency selection, and improved parametric settings for signal control, NWRA will employ our extensive HF propagation software capabilities.Given an ionosphere estimate from our GPSII code, informed by current measurements (including WSPRnet and other amateur-radio databases), we can efficiently characterize the propagatio ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  6. Real-Time Thermal and 3-D Imaging in Gas Turbine Engines

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: AF181027

    Despite offering advantages to fields ranging from engine maintenance to engine development, a simple yet accurate system to inspect hot components in operating engines has been elusive due to the challenges of high operating speeds in a harsh environment. In the proposed project, Creare will develop an engine imaging system that will empower its users with real-time surface temperature and 3-D im ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  7. Thermal Modeling Base High-Temperature Polymer Matrix Composite (PMC) Structural Repair

    SBC: Convergent Manufacturing Technologies US Inc.            Topic: AF171112

    Lightweight Polymer Matrix Composites (PMCs) and metal structures in military and commercial aircraft, can often be subjected to complex damage requiring bonded repair. The current repair method involves time-consuming, costly, and often unreliable thermal surveys to control thermal uniformity which often results in tedious trial-and-error experimentation. Convergent Manufacturing Technologies US ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  8. Hypersonic Dimensional Scanning System

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: AF181012

    Ablative coatings for hypersonics are tested at facilities such as the AEDC Range G and the Holloman High Speed Test Track. A test article is accelerated to velocity up to 18,000 ft/s in a relevant atmosphere and travels up to 10,000 ft. It is important to measure the coating erosion at multiple discrete points along the trajectory to characterize non-linear ablation response.Existing measurement ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  9. Efficient Hydrodynamic Ram Test Chamber

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: AF181014

    Ballistic impact on an aircraft fuel tank skin generates a pressure pulse in the fuel that can cause catastrophic structural damage by hydrodynamic ram (HRAM). The Air Force RAMGUN facility simulates this impulsive hydrodynamic loading for experimental testing of candidate structural joints. A projectile fired by a gas gun impacts one end of a water-filled chamber, launching a pressure wave that i ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
  10. Externally Mounted Wide-range Saturated Steam Flow Meter

    SBC: DHPC TECHNOLOGIES, INC.            Topic: AF181008

    Technologies currently used for measuring steam mass flow rates have deficiencies that result in performance limitations and measurement errors.These limitations include the need for improved accuracy, inaccurate (or lack of) steam dryness assessment, and reliable operation over a limited range of flow turndown rates.Internally mounted meters alter the flow dynamics and are subject to corrosion, d ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of DefenseAir Force
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