Ballistic Imaging for Dense Spray Diagnostics in Harsh Chemically Reacting Environments

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,640.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9550-06-C-0100
Award Id:
77854
Agency Tracking Number:
F064-009-0437
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2766 Indian Ripple Rd, Dayton, OH, 45440
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
884812025
Principal Investigator:
TerrenceMeyer
Senior Research Engineer
(937) 286-5711
terrence.meyer@wpafb.af.mil
Business Contact:
LarryGoss
President
(937) 429-4980
gosslp@innssi.com
Research Institute:
UNIV. OF MASSACHUSETTS
David P Schmidt
MIE Department, ELAB 219
Amherst, MA, 01003
(413) 545-1393
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
During the Phase I effort, we propose to evaluate the feasibility of performing ultrafast-laser-based ballistic imaging for studying liquid hydrocarbon and oxygen injection characteristics for possible application in bi-propellant rocket engines. Ballistic imaging has the potential to circumvent the difficulties associated with propagating light through dense media. Through the combined use of ultrafast time gating, polarization gating, and spatial filtering, photons that propagate without interference (i.e., ballistic photons) are preferentially detected over photons that undergo significant beam steering or multiple scattering. During the Phase I effort, we will (1) assemble an ultrafast-laser-based ballistic imaging system, (2) demonstrate the feasibility of using this technique for liquid oxygen and hydrocarbon injection, (3) evaluate the use of ballistic imaging using a Monte-Carlo simulation for laser-spray interaction, and (4) develop a strategy for implementation in a demonstration bi-propellant rocket engine combustion system in collaboration with the DOD and an industry partner.

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