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Laser Ignition of Large Scale Combustion Air Heaters

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9101-19-C-0004
Agency Tracking Number: F141-230-0179a
Amount: $4,119,415.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF141-230
Solicitation Number: 2014.1
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-11-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-11-15
Small Business Information
701 McMillian Way NW, Huntsville, AL, 35806
DUNS: 185169620
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Matt Thomas
 (256) 726-4800
Business Contact
 Tanu Singhal
Phone: (256) 726-4924
Research Institution
The AEDC Aero Propulsion Test Unit (APTU) facility completed successful operation at Mach 6 and Mach 7 direct connect tunnel conditions utilizing a prototype Mach 5 free-jet configured Combustion Air Heater (CAH) injection system developed by CFD Research Corporation.These results and upgrades proposed here were presented at the 2018 Hypersonic Technology & Systems Conference.This effort will fully leverage prior SBIR deliverables to further improve test section flow quality throughout the entire APTU Mach 3-7 free-jet or direct connect tunnel operational range.The following efforts will be completed in order to achieve TRL 9 operational status of swirl stabilized CAH injection system technology within future APTU test operations:1.Optimization of swirl stabilized injection within all APTU tunnel (Mach 3-7) configurations;2.Upgrade of the isobutane simplex injection system to maximize atomization performance andminimize discharge temperature spread;3.Demonstration within nominal APTU test operations;4.Optimization of APTU operational protocols; and5.High fidelity facility simulation demonstration.Follow-on transfer of this comprehensive APTU facility modeling and simulation approach to the APTU customer base will facilitate improved test article instrumentation implementation, extend test event run times and increase data acquisition and reduction fidelity.

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