Characterizing the dynamic behavior of novel energetic materials for space propulsion.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-09-C-0109
Agency Tracking Number: F08A-010-0200
Amount: $99,981.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF08-T010
Solicitation Number: 2008.A
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 131460, Ann Arbor, MI, 48113
DUNS: 610511334
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Timothy Smith
 Senior Engineer
 (734) 786-1434
Business Contact
 David Morris
Title: Operations Manager
Phone: (734) 786-1434
Research Institution
 John McKee
 101 Hammond Bldg.
University Park, PA, 16802
 (814) 865-1804
 Nonprofit college or university
The objective of this program is to build upon many decades of experience with magnetic flowmeters to develop a next-generation system to measure the burning surface admittance of high-energy-density solid propellants at high frequencies and pressures. Using the results of research on solid propellant rocket motor combustion instability from the past fifty years, one can directly measure the acoustic admittance of the atomization/vaporization/mixing/combustion processes associated with liquid propellant rocket engine injection. Such a measurement would provide a quantitative value for the acoustic sources or sinks caused by these processes. This would enable an a priori prediction of the combustion stability for a particular liquid rocket engine design, something that has not been possible to date.

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