Ballistic Imaging for Dense Spray Diagnostics in Harsh Chemically Reacting Environments

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,640.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
FA9550-06-C-0100
Solitcitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
2006
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
F064-009-0437
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF06-T009
Small Business Information
INNOVATIVE SCIENTIFIC SOLUTIONS, INC.
2766 Indian Ripple Rd, Dayton, OH, 45440
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
884812025
Principal Investigator
 Terrence Meyer
 Senior Research Engineer
 (937) 286-5711
 terrence.meyer@wpafb.af.mil
Business Contact
 Larry Goss
Title: President
Phone: (937) 429-4980
Email: gosslp@innssi.com
Research Institution
 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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