Advanced Rocket Propulsion Technologies

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Amount:
$99,909.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9300-06-M-3005
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-193-3627
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF06-193
Solicitation Number:
2006.1
Small Business Information
SOFTWARE AND ENGINEERING ASSOCIATES, INC
1802 N. Carson Street, Suite 200, Carson City, NV, 89701
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
083152975
Principal Investigator
 Jonathan French
 Senior Research Engineer
 (775) 882-1966
 jon@seainc.com
Business Contact
 Douglas Coats
Title: President
Phone: (775) 882-1966
Email: doug@seainc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
A modeling and experimental program is proposed with the goal of reducing the mean size of metal oxide droplets in the exhaust of solid propellant rocket motors (SRMs). The proposed effort looks at all aspects of metal combustion and discrete phase dynamics which occur in SRMs and offers approaches which have the potential to reduce the mean droplet size in the flowfield which would subsequently increase the delivered performance of these motors. The payoff in terms of payload or range is tremendous. A 1% increase in Isp means approximately a 4% increase in payload. The rule of thumb used for most motors is that the two-phase flow loss is 1% in Isp per micron of droplet diameter, i.e. "1% per micron". Thus any reduction in the mean drop size has large potential payback.

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