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Adaptive Control and Advanced Sensing for Turbine Based Combined Cycle Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: 140D6318C0110
Agency Tracking Number: D2-2130
Amount: $1,497,434.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB171-014
Solicitation Number: 2017.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-09-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-10-23
Small Business Information
100 Remington Blvd, Ronkonkoma, NY, 11779
DUNS: 078466424
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Bakos
 (631) 793-8439
Business Contact
 Robert Bakos
Phone: (631) 938-8439
Research Institution
Development of air vehicles capable of routine operation and able to achieve hypersonic speeds is paced by the availability of a propulsion system.The vision is to combine improved off-the-shelf turbines for low-speed operation (M=0 to 2+) and dual-mode ramjet (DMSJ) engine technologies for high-speed operation (M=2+ to 5+), with both engines sharing a common air inlet and a common thrust producing nozzle. Critical to the success of this Turbine Based Combined Cycle (TBCC) concept is the mode transition from thrust production by the turbine to the DMRJ, as the inlet air is diverted from the turbine to the DMRJ while the vehicle accelerates.Smooth, stable mode transition while maintaining thrust generation is a critical challenge.To meet this challenge, Innoveering willo build an advanced sensing approach to monitor the inlet flow, highly responsive actuators, and an adaptive, closed-loop control system to maintain started flow in both the low-speed and high-speed flow paths while the TBCC engine executes mode transition.This same system will deliver maximum performance from the turbine and DMRJ engines over their respective operating ranges, improving the overall efficiency, range, and payload capacity of the TBCC-powered hypersonic air vehicle.

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