Advanced Diagnostics for Detonation-Powered Vehicles

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Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-09-M-2996
Agency Tracking Number: F083-124-0720
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-124
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
Los Gatos Research
67 East Evelyn Ave., Suite 3, Mountain View, CA, 94041
DUNS: 928805761
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Douglas Baer
 President
 (650) 965-7772
 mm@pragati-inc.com
Business Contact
 Anthony O''Keefe
Title: CEO
Phone: (650) 965-7772
Email: mm@pragati-inc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The objective of the proposed SBIR Phase I program is to develop novel laser absorption-based instruments that provide rapid, in situ, simultaneous measurements of gas temperature, velocity and mole fractions of several important species in pulsed detonation flows.  Based on laser absorption spectroscopy techniques, the instrumentation will employ room temperature novel mid-IR lasers to determine the concentrations of several combustion products and reactants with high sensitivity and capture the spatiotemporal evolution from deflagration to detonation.  The Phase I instrument will be demonstrated in combustion flows at Los Gatos Research and at Stanford University.  The fast response of the instrument will enable engineers and scientists to record precise measurements gasdynamic parameters in engine flows to identify temperature and species nonuniformities, combustion instabilities and to refine and improve computational models. BENEFIT: Instrumentation for measurements in rocket engine and gas turbine flows will enable Air Force scientists and engineers to monitor gas concentrations, temperatures and velocities under realistic rocket engine operating conditions.  The instrument may also be used for measurements, control and thus optimization of generic combustion-powered flows (gas turbines, waste incinerators) to maximize efficiency and reduce unwanted pollutants.

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