Confined Recirculation Combustion Afterburner

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-C-2520
Agency Tracking Number: F041-188-0187
Amount: $999,688.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solitcitation Year: 2004
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF04-188
Solitcitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
880 Jupiter Park Drive, Suite 8, Jupiter, FL, 33458
Duns: 017391348
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dan Haid
 Combustion Engineer
 (561) 741-3441
Business Contact
 Rich DeFrancesco
Title: President
Phone: (561) 741-3441
Research Institution
The future of manned and unmanned vehicles requires significant improvements in engine thrust-to-weight ratio, efficiency, length, and cost. These improvements may be realized in the afterburner for supersonic missiles, Mach 8-10 strike/reconnaissance aircraft, and hypersonic vehicles operating with a Turbine Based Combined Cycle (TBCC). SPIRITECH Advanced Products, Inc. is proposing to increase the thrust –to-weight ratio of turbine engines with Confined Recirculation Combustion. Integrating this advancement into a compact, lightweight, robust, and highly efficient afterburner has the potential of reducing the overall length and corresponding hardware weight, enabling supersonic and hypersonic aircraft, and providing affordable, on-demand access to space with aircraft-like operations. The objectives of this Phase II program are to validate, through prototype testing, the combustion efficiency and operability of SPIRITECH’s CRC afterburner design, including the effects of the upstream main combustor. These test results will be used to further validate/benchmark SPIRITECH’s 3D CFD analytical model and apply it in the development of a final CRC afterburner concept.

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