Novel and Cost Effective Rain Erosion Tests at Supersonic Speeds

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: FA8650-04-C-5600
Agency Tracking Number: 02-0688
Amount: $949,764.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2002
Solicitation Topic Code: BMDO02-012
Solicitation Number: 2002.2
Small Business Information
34 Lexington Avenue, Ewing, NJ, 08618
DUNS: 096857313
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Kaufman
 Senior Associate
 (609) 538-0444
 andy@continuum-dynamics.com
Business Contact
 Barbara Agans
Title: Administrator
Phone: (609) 538-0444
Email: barbara@continuum-dynamics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In Phase I, a demonstration SUpersonic Rain Erosion (SURE) facility was developed which demonstrated the capability of producing spherical, millimeter-sized droplets repeatedly at velocities up to 1200 feet per second. Data were collected to extend the speed range of the facility and droplet size. Based on these results, a Phase II prototype facility will be built that could attain speeds of 2400 fps with droplets up to 1-2 mm in diameter. Tests can be run on test articles as large as 4 square feet quickly and cost effectively because the SURE facility does not require a wind tunnel nor does it move the test article to simulate supersonic rain. A large range of rain environments can be simulated in the facility.

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