Integration of Transient plasma ignition systems into high repetition rate, multi-barrel pulse detonation engines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-C-0391
Agency Tracking Number: N074-033-0270
Amount: $498,597.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-T033
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2309 Renard Place SE, Suite 220, Albuquerque, NM, 87106
DUNS: 612410605
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Luginsland
 (607) 277-4272
Business Contact
 Michael Frese
Title: Manager
Phone: (505) 842-0074
Research Institution
 University of Southern California
 Martin Gunderson
 837 W. Downey Way
Los Angeles, CA, 90089
 (213) 740-4396
 Nonprofit college or university
NumerEx proposes to collaborate with the University of Southern California (USC) to support the advanced concepts, basic science, and engineering of high repetition rate multiple barrels pulse detonation engine (PDE) technology. NumerEx will support experimental developments at both USC and the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), and will provide a strong theoretical and computational core for the integration within and between these programs. This research adds a robust simulation capability for the development of predictive models, adds breadth by addressing fluid flow and electrical physics in an integrated manner, and addresses underlying transient plasma ignition (TPI) physics with the goal of supporting the experimental evolution of the technology. Specifically, NumerEx and USC will study TPI which, having demonstrable beneficial effects on high repetition rate detonation, is ready for further scientific understanding to exploit its application in more realistic PDE configurations, such as those now under study by the community. Our unique collaboration, supporting Navy interests, basic science, and the PDE community, will advance multi-barrel technology for Navy PDE, and will seed understanding, leading to additional new concepts, analogous to those demonstrated with nanosecond plasma ignition.

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