Skin Friction Measurement Technology for Underwater Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$495,290.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-11-C-0468
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N101-098-1171
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N101-098
Solicitation Number:
2010.1
Small Business Information
2766 Indian Ripple Rd, Dayton, OH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
884812025
Principal Investigator:
Jim Crafton
Supreme Commander
(937) 429-4980
jwcrafton@innssi.com
Business Contact:
Larry Goss
President
(937) 429-4980
gosslp@innssi.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The measurement of skin friction on hydrodynamic surfaces at high Reynolds numbers is essential validation of computational models and design of advanced maneuvering systems. In this proposal we introduce an optical sensor for measurements of mean skin friction on large models that operates in water. This sensor is based on the diffusion of a fluorescent dye from a polymer film into the water, a mass transfer sensor. Mass transfer is determined by monitoring the rate of dye diffusion from the film and applying a numerical model to the transient mass transfer process. This technique has been demonstrated qualitatively by detecting flow separation and reattachment on an airfoil model in the 12-inch water tunnel at Penn State University. Quantitative measurements of skin friction were conducted on a turbulent boundary layer with a Reynolds number of over 7-million. These results indicated an absolute accuracy of the system was better that 8%. In the Phase II effort, a captive model data acquisition system will be designed and tested. The focus of the program is to deploy the system in the NSWC tow tanks for testing on large models.

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