Inlet Design and Performance for Supersonic Cruise/Hypersonic Operation Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-07-M-0403
Agency Tracking Number: N074-011-0096
Amount: $69,941.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-T011
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
6210 Keller's Church Road, Pipersville, PA, 18947
DUNS: 929950012
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Neeraj Sinha
 Vice President & Technical Director
 (215) 766-1520
 sinha@craft-tech.com
Business Contact
 Neeraj Sinha
Title: Vice President & Technical Director
Phone: (215) 766-1520
Email: sinha@craft-tech.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF MINNESOTA
 Graham V Candler
 107 Akerman Hall
110 Union St SE
Minneapolis, MN, 55455
 (612) 625-2364
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Our proposal addresses the enhancement of design capabilities for supersonic inlets using advanced CFD methodology integrated with efficient design-optimization procedures in an automated, GUI driven framework. Three-dimensional CFD solvers, coupled with design optimization techniques, can now reliably refine initial geometries to produce robust, high performance inlet designs accounting for complex viscous/inviscid interactions. This team of CRAFT Tech and the University of Minnesota are leaders in the design and analysis of hypersonic scramjets. Many of the problems associated with supersonic inlets exist at higher speeds and present capabilities of the team provide a significant head start at addressing the problem. In Phase I, we will be focused on benchmarking the CFD codes to analyze an inlet of interest to the Navy, and initiating the development of an optimization tool specialized for varied inlet designs. Features such as automated grid generation, grid refinement and load rebalancing will be part of this GUI drive framework. We will demonstrate the design optimization methodology to improve the performance of one of the inlets analyzed having features typical of current designs.

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