Microwave Enhanced Combustion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-M-2423
Agency Tracking Number: F041-188-2349
Amount: $99,761.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-188
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
RESEARCH SUPPORT INSTRUMENTS
20 New England Business Center, Andover, MA, 01810
DUNS: 076337877
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Sullivan
 Principal Scientist
 (609) 580-0080
 dsullivan@researchsupport.com
Business Contact
 Christopher Rollins
Title: Vice President
Phone: (301) 306-0010
Email: rollins@researchsupport.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This proposal describes a research program which will continue an ongoing investigation of the effect of microwave energy on the combustion processes of hydrocarbon-air mixtures. Previous research conducted by Research Support Instruments and Princeton University have demonstrated that the application of modest amounts of microwave power can result in flame speed increases of up to 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. 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. Research Support Instruments, Inc. (RSI) proposes to expand the scope of its previous research on microwave enhanced combustion into two areas of interest which have not yet been examined:  The use of a circular resonant microwave cavity as the microwave applicator.  Preactivation of the hydrocarbon fuel using a dielectric barrier discharge. This Phase I program would continue our joint research efforts with the Applied Physics Group of Princeton University who will act as a subcontractor on the program.

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