In-Flight Gas Imaging Sensor for Scramjets

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-07-M-2751
Agency Tracking Number: F071-190-2245
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-190
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
1570 Pacheco Street, Suite E-11, Santa Fe, NM, 87505
DUNS: 153579891
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Shin-Juh Chen
 Senior Research Scientist
 (505) 984-1322
Business Contact
 Alan Stanton
Title: President
Phone: (505) 984-1322
Research Institution
The development of scramjet engines for aerospace vehicles requires testing of engine components in wind tunnels and, more importantly, in flight. These tests provide valuable information for developing a viable engine and means for deciphering some of the complexities inherent in such a system. The short flow residence time inside the combustor poses a tremendous challenge in achieving appropriate mixing of the fuel and air, and maintaining flame stability within the combustor. Moreover, current wind tunnels cannot fully replicate the flow conditions expected to be encountered during flight or provide meaningful test times for current diagnostic tools. Southwest Sciences proposes to develop a compact, high speed, in-flight scramjet imaging sensor to measure local temperatures, pressures and gas concentrations. The key characteristic of this sensor is a very high speed imaging array detector that provides an unprecedented combination of temporal and spatial resolution for measurement of combustion gas properties.

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