Catalytic N2O Decomposition for Piloted Scramjet Ignition

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,941.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-09-M-2956
Award Id:
92942
Agency Tracking Number:
F083-121-1852
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1814 19th Street, Golden, CO, 80401
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
196231166
Principal Investigator:
David Wickham
Senior Developer I
(720) 352-7161
a.langdon@edaptive.com
Business Contact:
Todd Leeson
President
(303) 881-7992
p.chawla@edaptive.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Ignition, flameholding, and flame spreading is difficult to achieve in current hydrocarbon scramjet hypersonic missile designs. This is particularly true at the end of the initial rocket boost phase when the hardware and fuel can still be very cold. Reaction Systems proposes to develop a lightweight catalytic nitrous oxide ("laughing gas") ignition system to exothermically decompose N2O to a hot (>1400 C) 33% O2 stream to aid atomization, vaporization, and ignition of thermally stable hydrocarbons like JP-7. Preliminary calculations indicate that this hot O2 stream could easily possess a multi-megawatt effective thermal power in contrast to the multi-kilowatt levels associated with electrical plasma igniters. BENEFIT: The development of a highly active and thermally stable N2O decomposition catalyst could have applications in efficient and "green" satellite station-keeping and attitude control thrusters, and civilian and amateur hybrid rocketry.

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