Two Phase Flow Tools for Solid Motors with Dynamic Burning Surface Recession

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX09CF77P
Agency Tracking Number: 080110
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T9.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-01-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-01-21
Small Business Information
420 Park Avenue West, Princeton, IL, 61356-1934
DUNS: 969308311
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Rex Chamberlain
 Principal Investigator
 (815) 872-0702
 rex@tetraresearch.com
Business Contact
 Rex Chamberlain
Title: Business Official
Phone: (815) 872-0702
Email: rex@tetraresearch.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The challenges of designing, developing, and fielding advanced propulsion systems continue to increase as NASA's Vision for Space Exploration Program moves forward with new solid propulsion elements ({i.e., Ares I and V). Our existing computational tool for solid motor analysis (BurnSurf) generates modest surface recession, but the mesh deformation techniques employed often fail as the surface regression increases, particularly near corners. For complex grain designs with highly complicated surface topologies (e.g., star shapes), simple mesh deformation is no longer desirable. Our proposed innovation will utilize surface mesh modification and volume mesh generation to locally rebuild the burning surface mesh and the adjacent volume mesh. The innovation will address integrated surface and volume mesh regeneration and reconnection techniques for modifying mesh topologies along with two phase burning surface models to create a unique 3D software tool for next generation solid motor internal environment characterization. Our research products will provide NASA with the important capability to simultaneously analyze solid propellant combustion, heat transfer, and grain burnback within a single framework. We will demonstrate feasibility of the approach using a two phase grain burning model coupled with surface recession for a simple shape in the TRL range of 3-4.

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