Hydrocarbon Rocket Engine Plume Imaging with Laser Induced Incandescence

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNC06CB57C
Agency Tracking Number: 050007
Amount: $99,990.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: T9.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Cook's Advanced Energy Conversion, LLC
109-A Garrard Road, Starkville, MS, 39759-2001
DUNS: 166034392
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Jagdish Singh
 Principal Investigator
 (662) 323-2666
Business Contact
 Robert Cook
Title: CEO
Phone: (662) 323-2666
Email: caec11c@yahoo.com
Research Institution
 Mississippi State University
 Not Available
 205 Research Park
Mississippi State, MS, 39762
 (662) 325-2105
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
NASA/ Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) needs sensors that can be operated on rocket engine plume environments to improve NASA/SSC rocket engine performance. In particular, NASA/MSFC would like to develop sensors to monitor the performance of rocket engines. The measurement of soot volume fraction and soot particle size can be employed to develop a sensor for on-line, real-time measurements to characterize the performance of hydrocarbon rocket engines and study the effects of the rocket engine exhaust on the environment. The goal of this proposed effort is to develop a laser-induced incandescence (LII) sensor, which is able to provide near real time measurement of soot concentration in the engine plume. During Phase I, a LII system based on telescopic collection optics for remote applications will be designed. The experimental parameters will be evaluated to achieve optimum response time and sensitivity. The study from Phase I will provide the necessary information to improve the phase II prototype design to achieve millisecond response time and better sensitivity. In Phase II, a prototype fieldable LII system will be developed and tested at MSFC and will be delivered to NASA/MSFC for further testing.

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