Novel Instrumentation for Rocket Propulsion Systems

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX07CA92P
Agency Tracking Number: 060392
Amount: $99,980.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: T9.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Los Gatos Research
67 East Evelyn Avenue, Suite 3, Mountain View, CA, 94041-1518
DUNS: 928805761
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Douglas Baer
 Principal Investigator
 (650) 965-7772
 d.baer@lgrinc.com
Business Contact
 Anthony O'Keefe
Title: President
Phone: (650) 965-7772
Email: a.okeefe@lgrinc.com
Research Institution
 University of Wisconsin-Madison
 Not Available
 750 University Avenue
Madison, WI, 53706
 (608) 262-0252
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
The objective of the proposed SBIR Phase I program is to develop novel laser-based instruments that provide rapid, in situ, simultaneous measurements of gas temperature, velocity and mole fractions of several important species in rocket plume exhaust flows at NASA Stennis Space Center. Based on laser absorption spectroscopy techniques, the instrument will employ room temperature near-IR and mid-IR lasers to determine the concentrations of several combustion products, pollutants and unburned hydrocarbons with high sensitivity. The Phase I instrument will be demonstrated in combustion flows at University of Wisconsin-Madison Engine Laboratory, at LGR and at a NASA test facility. The fast response of the instrument will enable engineers and scientists to record precise measurements gasdynamic parameters in rocket engine flows to identify temperature and species nonuniformities, combustion instabilities and to refine and improve computational models.

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