Simulation Tool for Modeling Weakly Ionized Plasma

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-12-C-0039
Agency Tracking Number: F09B-T10-0089
Amount: $749,799.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF09-BT10
Solicitation Number: 2009.B
Small Business Information
5621 Arapahoe Ave, Suite A, Boulder, CO, -
DUNS: 806486692
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Loverich
 Research Scientist
 (303) 996-2029
Business Contact
 Laurence Nelson
Title: Controller
Phone: (720) 974-1856
Research Institution
 George Washington University
 Jackie Bendall
 2121 I Street, NW
Suite 601
Washington, DC, 20052-
 (202) 994-6255
 Nonprofit college or university
ABSTRACT: During this work Tech-X Corporation in partnership with George Washington University will develop a tool (Nautilus) for modeling weakly ionized plasmas. Specific tasks of this project include development of a reacting multi-fluid electrostatic code to complement the electromagnetic two-fluid model already in Nautilus. In addition we will be adding a reacting multi-fluid magneto-gasdynamic model that can be used to model many aero-plasma type phenomena with magnetic fields. An experimental program lead by George Washington University will be pursued to test various blackout mitigation techniques and these experiments will be used to validate the new tool. At the end of the project Tech-X Corporation will have a validated user friendly tool for modeling weakly ionized plasmas. BENEFIT: This work benefits the Air Force in that a commercial off the shelf tool will be available to model many aero-plasma problems including blackout mitigation, flow control and electric propulsion. In the commercial realm the technology will be applicable to biomedical plasmas as well as many traditional plasma disciplines such as plasma processing and pulsed power. The availability of this tool will save the Air Force money as engineers can focus on modeling instead of tool development.

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