Closed-Cycle ElectriCOIL Technology

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$749,978.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
DASG6003C0098
Agency Tracking Number:
02-0510
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
CU AEROSPACE
2004 S. Wright St. Extended, Urbana, IL, 61802
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
041929402
Principal Investigator:
David Carroll
Engineering Director
(217) 333-8274
carroll@cuaerospace.com
Business Contact:
Rodney Burton
Partner
(217) 244-6223
burton@cuaerospace.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The primary objective of CU AerospaceOs Phase II engineering work will be to develop all-gas-phase closed-cycle electrically assisted chemical laser COIL (ElectriCOIL) technology. CU Aerospace (CUA) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign(UIUC) believe that this challenge can be surmounted with changes to gain generator research including 1) radically new, electrically driven O2(1D) generator subsystems which are those most amenable to closed-cycle operation; and 2) the total eliminationof massive liquid phase laser fuel and pressure recovery systems by use of closed-cycle operations. Several technologies need to be merged to lead to a successful demonstration of the ElectriCOIL concept. These include discharge and injection techniques,further work with the properties of oxygen/diluent (Argon, Xenon) discharges, as well as further development of materials to convert discharge produced atomic oxygen to O2(1D) in the post-discharge region. The ultimate goal of the Phase II program is todemonstrate a closed-cycle ElectriCOIL system in a modest powered laboratory laser system. Work beyond Phase II would scale the device to higher laser powers.

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