Simulation Tool for Modeling Weakly Ionized Plasma

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,799.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9550-12-C-0039
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
F09B-T10-0089
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF09-BT10
Solicitation Number:
2009.B
Small Business Information
5621 Arapahoe Ave, Suite A, Boulder, CO, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
806486692
Principal Investigator:
John Loverich
Research Scientist
(303) 996-2029
loverich@txcorp.com
Business Contact:
Laurence Nelson
Controller
(720) 974-1856
lnelson@txcorp.com
Research Institution:
George Washington University
Jackie Bendall
2121 I Street, NW
Suite 601
Washington, DC, 20052-
(202) 994-6255
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
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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