Nonintrusive Droplet Characterization System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 25775
Amount: $543,323.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1995
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
18006 Skypark Circle, Suite, #108, Irvine, CA, 92714
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Peter A Debarber, Phd
 (714) 553-0688
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Research Institution
A novel nonintrusive laser probe for measurement of the structure of velocity flow fields for ground testing of aircraft turbine engines will be developed. A narrowband ArF excimer laser will be used to photo-dissociate O2. The O (1D) photoproducts rapidly react with ambient O2 to form O3, and thus "write" a line of tagged O3 molecules. After a fixed time delay, a novel approach to O atom detection will be employed to "read" the displaced ozone line. A second laser sheet (XeCl-pumped double-dye laser) will measure the progress of the tagged O3 by photodissociating ozone, and monitoring the O atom photoproduct by two-photon planar laser induced fluoresence (PLIF). The spatial displacement of the tagged line will be used to measure the velocity in time-of-flight fashion. The proposed innovation is the development of an entirely new photofragment flow tagging technique suitable for low temperature, subsonnic, unseeded flows, and application to inlet flows of aircraft turbine engines. The use of an intensified CCD camera will ensure that large areas of the flow will be imaged.

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