Plasma and Photoionization Approaches for Combustion Initiation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$498,473.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9550-04-C-0043
Award Id:
56019
Agency Tracking Number:
F023-0007
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center, Andover, MA, 01810
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
076337877
Principal Investigator:
DanielSullivan
Principal Scientist
(609) 580-0080
dsullivan@researchsupport.com
Business Contact:
ChrisRollins
Vice President
(301) 306-0010
rollins@researchsupport.com
Research Institute:
Princeton University
Richard Miles
Rm D414 E-Quad, Olden Street
Princeton, NJ, 08540
(609) 258-4741
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The Phase I research conducted jointly by Research Support Instruments (RSI) and the Applied Physics Group of Princeton University has yielded results that could lead to a paradigm shift in combustion research being conducted on engines for both supersonic and hypersonic flight. Research to date has yielded laminar flame speed increases of 65%, and the physical models developed indicate that it may be possible to double or even triple the flame speed using a refinement of our techniques. In our testing, microwave energy is absorbed into the thin flame region and does not lead to breakdown elsewhere. The logical progression of this research would be to extend this technique such that a microwave resonator is incorporated into the design of a high-speed combustor. In order to build upon the results of Phase I research and to successfully develop a novel method of combustion control and enhancement, the following items will be addressed in the proposed Phase II program: mechanisms of flame speed increase in subcritical microwave field energy efficiency of the proposed approach application of the process to turbulent and/or non-premixed flames development of basic design for testing the new method at AFRL (WPAFB) facilities

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