Ballistic Imaging for Dense Spray Diagnostics in Harsh Chemically Reacting Environments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-06-C-0100
Agency Tracking Number: F064-009-0437
Amount: $99,640.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-T009
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2766 Indian Ripple Rd, Dayton, OH, 45440
DUNS: 884812025
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Terrence Meyer
 Senior Research Engineer
 (937) 286-5711
Business Contact
 Larry Goss
Title: President
Phone: (937) 429-4980
Research Institution
 David P Schmidt
 MIE Department, ELAB 219
Amherst, MA, 01003
 (413) 545-1393
 Nonprofit college or university
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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