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Plenoptic Fluid Density Imaging

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-17-C-0527
Agency Tracking Number: F16A-T06-0160
Amount: $950,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF16-AT06
Solicitation Number: 16.A
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-09-27
Small Business Information
6201 East Oltorf St. Suite 400
Austin, TX 78741
United States
DUNS: 100651798
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Mark Lucente
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 389-9990
Business Contact
 Lea Lundin
Phone: (512) 389-9990
Research Institution
 University of Texas
 University of Texas at Austin University of Texas at Austin
Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics 210 E. 24th St. Stop C0600
Austin, TX 78712
United States

 (512) 471-7593
 Nonprofit College or University

Instantaneous volumetric fluid imaging is crucial to high-speed aerodynamic development and testing. Rapid three-dimensional (3D) measurement of fluid density enables accurate capture of dynamic flow phenomena for validation of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations in wind tunnels. Nanohmics, Inc., teaming with the University of Texas (UT) Flowfield Imaging Laboratory, has developed the first-ever modular plenoptic fluid imaging system to measure a time sequence of fluid density throughout a 3D test volume seeded for laser-induced fluorescence (LIF). During the proposed Phase II program, the Nanohmics/UT team will develop a rugged, high-performance, 3D fluid density imaging prototype with increased speed, sensitivity and fidelity, with a technology readiness level goal of TRL 6-7. The team will fabricate a plenoptic camera prototype and aggressively test it in wind tunnels. The prototype imaging system will be ready for transition to and testing in an Air Force/Government testing facility during Phase III. The proposed Modular Plenoptic Adapter will convert a standard high-performance camera into a 3D plenoptic camera. This modular approach leverages COTS camera components already in most wind tunnel equipment inventories, providing a direct path to increased measurement utility in wind tunnel facilities and a rapid route to commercialization.

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