Endoscopic System to Measure Droplet Size and Velocity in Turbine Engine Augmentors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9101-06-C-0193
Agency Tracking Number: F051-307-0123
Amount: $849,941.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-307
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
2572 White Road, Irvine, CA, 92614
DUNS: 188465819
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Cecil Hess
 (949) 553-0688
Business Contact
 James Trolinger
Title: VP and Director of Resear
Phone: (949) 553-0688
Email: cecilh@metrolaserinc.com
Research Institution
In response to an Air Force requirement for a high temperature endoscope to measure fuel spray in a turbine engine augmentor, MetroLaser proposes an endoscopic system that will be capable of measuring droplet size from 10 to 1000 microns and velocity from 3 m/s to 300 m/s. The endoscopic tubes will fit inside high temperature sheaths developed at AEDC that keep the inside temperature at 200ºF or cooler. The diameter of the endoscopes will be 0.5" and will extend to about 20". The system will include a traversing mechanism to probe different regions of the augmentor and, thus, obtain the distribution of droplet size and velocity. The proposed work is based on a SBIR Phase I feasibility study, where the ability to measure droplet size with an endoscope was successfully demonstrated. The Phase I system, which included a receiving endoscope, a pulse laser and a CCD camera, was used to measure droplets with an index of refraction of 1.4 (like kerosene) from 10 to 150 microns with great accuracy. The proposed Phase II work will consist of developing, delivering, and field testing, in an actual jet engine augmentor, a complete high temperature spray measurement system.

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