PERCORP Enhancement for Improved Soot Modeling

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: FA9101-04-C-0038
Agency Tracking Number: 031-1446
Amount: $499,946.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA03-082
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
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DUNS: 006620553
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott Palmer
 Project Manager
 (916) 363-6162
Business Contact
 Curtis Johnson
Title: Corporate President
Phone: (775) 885-0139
Research Institution
This effort will improve plume signature prediction of hydrocarbon burning liquid rocket engines by increasing the fidelity of the soot production models used to predict exhaust conditions. The new models will include improved kinetic mechanisms as well as prediction of soot particle size, shape and distribution. The models will be correlated and verified through testing. An experimental rocket combustor will be designed and tested, one capable of creating both pre-mixed and intentionally unmixed combustion zones. The intentional unmixed zones used to cool combustor walls in many liquid rocket engines are responsible for the majority of the soot produced in these devices. Measurements of soot size and distribution will be completed at the combustor exit. Particles will be captured for SEM review. As part of the effort the PERCORP and VIPER analysis tools will be improved for easy of use and increased accuracy.

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