Establishing a Practical and Accurate Combustion Mechanism for JP-10

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,921.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-09-C-0369
Award Id:
90278
Agency Tracking Number:
N09A-011-0714
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
5100 Springfield Street, Suite 301, Dayton, OH, 45431
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
782766831
Principal Investigator:
Sivaram Gogineni
Principal Investigator
(937) 266-9570
sgogineni@spectralenergies.com
Business Contact:
Sukesh Roy
CEO
(937) 902-6546
sroy@spectralenergies.com
Research Institution:
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Phillip R Westmoreland
157A Goessmann Lab
686 N. Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA, 1003
(413) 545-1750
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
JP-10 is a single-compound C10H16 fuel that is the principal air-breathing missile fuel used in the U.S. at present. We propose that its effective use can be advanced by modeling its chemistry and combustion physics, testing these predictions against laboratory and full-scale experiments, and then using the information for computational design and operations. In this Phase I research project, we propose to develop the JP-10 decomposition subset of a full combustion mechanism of elementary reactions, based on analogies with known reactions and from computed predictions of kinetics, thermochemistry, and transport properties. Scientists at Spectral Energies, LLC will work with collaborators and the Navy to determine appropriate validation experiments in an aerosol shock tube to study the relevant high temperature decomposition products of JP-10 over a range of temperatures, pressures, and equivalence ratios relevant to ramjet and scramjet propulsion. Spectral Energies will also initiate simulations using Chemkin-based combustion models for comparison with experimental data from the literature. These results would set the basis for Phase II experimental tests of the reaction set, improvements to it, and mechanism reduction for efficient combustor modeling. Time dependent measurements of temperature, the hydroxyl radical, and water decomposition products will also be used during the Phase II to validate predictions of ignition and flame propagation.

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