Methods to Direct and Focus Blast

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$499,996.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8651-06-C-0130
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-153-3276
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF05-153
Solicitation Number:
2005.1
Small Business Information
WILFRED BAKER ENGINEERING, INC
3330 Oakwell Court, Suite 100, San Antonio, TX, 78218
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
112552104
Principal Investigator:
Kelly Thomas
Senior Principal Engineer
(210) 824-5960
kthomas@bakerrisk.com
Business Contact:
Amanda Harris
Business Manager
(210) 824-5960
aharris@bakerrisk.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The primary objective of the proposed work is to develop and demonstrate methods to control the blast loading produced on internal surfaces within an enclosure due to a fuel-air explosion within the enclosure. This will be a direct extension of the work already carried out and currently ongoing under Phase I, in which fuel-air explosion blast load focusing via control of flammable cloud shape and ignition source location/timing has been demonstrated. A secondary objective of the proposed work is to refine and extend the methods developed in Phase I for the focusing of external fuel-air explosion blast loads. The bulk of this work would be performed via numerical analysis, using WBE's in-house computational fluid dynamics (CFD) computer code, the Blast Wave Target Interaction (BWTI) simulation package. Medium-scaled vapor cloud explosion tests would be performed as part of the proposed work to demonstrate the methods defined for blast load control and to validate the numerical model for this application. Although not an explicit objective of the proposed work, the BWTI simulation package will be improved as a result of the proposed work.

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