Multiplexed Spectroscopy Sensor for Assessing Combustion Instabilities in Jet Engine Augmenters

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-04-C-0121
Agency Tracking Number: N041-021-0160
Amount: $98,365.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-021
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
4946 N. 63rd Street, Boulder, CO, 80103
DUNS: 155009587
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Sappey
 (303) 604-5804
Business Contact
 Henrik Hofvander
Title: GM
Phone: (303) 604-5849
Research Institution
Recent issues with augmenter performance tests including blow-off and intense combustion dynamics that drive strong acoustic waves have necessitated new augmenter designs. In order to validate new concepts, quantitative combustion diagnostics will be required to assess the effect of design alterations. Zolo Technologies, Inc., cooperating with Professor Ron Hanson's group in the High Temperature Gasdynamics Laboratory at Stanford University, proposes a combustion diagnostic sensor system that will be capable of providing the necessary data to validate new augmenter design concepts. The multiplexed spectroscopy sensor (MSS) can monitor combustion parameters such as temperature, temperature non-uniformity, flow velocity, CO2, CO, H2O, O2, and unburned fuel concentration using a fiber-coupled tunable diode laser (TDLAS) system at data acquisition rates of, at least, 100 kHz. The proposed sensor is similar in concept to, but substantively different from, MSS sensors that Zolo and Stanford have demonstrated for SCRAMJET diagnostics at the Wright-Patterson AFB and for application to combustion optimization at coal-fired electric utility boilers.

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