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Hypersonic Engine Combustion Reactivity Enhancement Utilizing On-Board Fuel

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-22-P-2330
Agency Tracking Number: F221-0023-0376
Amount: $149,912.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF221-0023
Solicitation Number: 22.1
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-08-24
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-05-30
Small Business Information
410 Sackett Point Road
North Haven, CT 06473-3168
United States
DUNS: 178154456
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Benjamin Baird
 (203) 287-3700
Business Contact
 Anthony K. Anderson
Phone: (203) 287-3700
Research Institution

Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI) proposes a new ignition and flame stabilization system for a potentially transformational advance in next generation of high-speed airbreathing propulsion systems. It is based on our recently developed technology that augments ignition, stabilizes flames, and increases reactivity leading to more complete combustion and higher flame speeds. The enabling catalytic component is extremely compact and lightweight, utilizes onboard fuels, and supports repeated ignition and combustion augmentation by operating on-demand in millisecond timeframes. The technology is readily scalable and ultra-compact allowing it to fit in tight locations and minimize physical protrusions, and has simple fuel/air control for operation with onboard resources. Parasitic requirements are negligible. The approach has been successfully examined in ground-based Brayton cycle engines. During Phase I we will (i) analytically confirm the suitability of the, including flow rates required for ignition and combustion enhancement in scramjet engines, with sub-scale data, (ii) experimentally confirm the size and weight of the component required to produce the required performance from Jet-fuels of interest, and (iii) identify needs for combustion testing during Phase II and engine integration options. PCI has assembled a team of in-house specialists, engine manufacturer, and subject matter experts.

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