Plume Velocimetry Diagnostic for Large Rocket Engines

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX17CS04C
Agency Tracking Number: 155708
Amount: $749,969.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H10.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-04-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-04-20
Small Business Information
22941 Mill Creek Drive, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653-1215
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Jenkins
 VP of Technology
 (949) 553-0688
 tjenkins@metrolaserinc.com
Business Contact
 Christina Arnold
Title: Business Official
Phone: (949) 553-0688
Email: carnold@metrolaserinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
A technique for measuring velocity in rocket plumes called hydroxyl tagging velocimetry (HTV), which was developed previously and demonstrated on a small rocket engine, is proposed for use on a full scale engine. Specific goals of the program include producing a measurement system that can withstand the high acoustic levels of a relevant full scale rocket engine, development of efficient user-friendly software for processing the raw images to produce velocity data, verifying the performance of the prototype at relevant temperatures and H2O concentrations, and demonstrating it on a full scale rocket engine. The work plan includes tasks to design and construct a rugged prototype HTV system, including supporting analyses required to properly select the laser, camera, and optical components, test the prototype in a laboratory scale flame, and produce acoustic suppression covers and damping systems to enable a demonstration on a large engine.

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