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High Energy Pulses for Robust Scramjet Ignition

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-22-P-2326
Agency Tracking Number: F221-0023-0400
Amount: $149,817.00
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
16 Great Hollow Road
Hanover, NH 03755-1111
United States
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Micka
 (603) 640-2523
Business Contact
 Patrick Magari
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Research Institution

Scramjet engine ignition systems are challenging due to the typically short time available for ignition and unfavorable flow conditions. Many existing approaches use consumable accelerant ignition aids which add size, complexity, safety, and/or logistical challenges. Spark igniters are typically limited in pulse energy and do not deposit energy in an ideal location. Under the proposed program, Creare will develop a pulsed ignition system for scramjet engines that uses only onboard resources and no unique consumables. Our system will deliver high pulse energy to an ideal region in the engine to allow rapid and reliable flame ignition and propagation. In the Phase I program, we will design and test an initial prototype system in a quiescent chamber. In the Phase II program, we will refine the design and demonstrate superior ignition performance in a scramjet engine.

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