Inlet Design and Performance for Supersonic Cruise/Hypersonic Operation Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,941.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-07-M-0403
Award Id:
83419
Agency Tracking Number:
N074-011-0096
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
COMBUSTION RESEARCH & FLOW TECHNOLOGY, INC. (Currently Combustion Research and Flow Technology)
6210 Keller's Church Road, Pipersville, PA, 18947
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
929950012
Principal Investigator:
Neeraj Sinha
Vice President & Technical Director
(215) 766-1520
sinha@craft-tech.com
Business Contact:
Neeraj Sinha
Vice President & Technical Director
(215) 766-1520
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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