Kinetic Mechanisms for Reacting Flow CFD

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-C-2660
Agency Tracking Number: O054-002-1009
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD05-T002
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1814 19th Street, Golden, CO, 80401
DUNS: 196231166
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bradley Hitch
 CEO and Chief Engineer
 (303) 278-4436
Business Contact
 Todd Leeson
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (303) 881-7992
Research Institution
 Gayle F Lund
 Dept. of Contracts and Grants
Los Angeles, CA, 90089
 (213) 740-7762
 Nonprofit college or university
Development of scramjet engines is hindered by the lack of fast and accurate turbulent reacting flow CFD tools. In Phase I of this STTR project, Reaction Systems, LLC investigated a fundamentally new approach to reducing the computational burden of detailed chemistry that holds great promise in lowering this computational burden. This new approach significantly reduces the number of chemical species that must be tracked with conservation equations in the CFD code while simultaneously maintaining the accuracy of the original full detailed kinetic mechanism by rendering the relevant “chemical information” in a form that is readily accessible. In Phase II we will broaden the work already accomplished in Phase I by extending our current detailed kinetic mechanism to model JP-7 fuel, create a reduced JP-7 mechanism, then demonstrate using the reduced mechanism in a full-3D reacting flow CFD code. Success in this effort will substantially improve both the accuracy and productivity of CFD-based scramjet design work as well as open many commercial possibilities with current users of reacting flow CFD such as aircraft engine and automobile manufacturers.

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