Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-12-M-2214
Agency Tracking Number: F112-167-1957
Amount: $149,660.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF112-167
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-12-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
10110 Willingham Road, Huntersville, NC, -
DUNS: 967852232
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mikhail Slipchenko
 Senior Research Scientist
 (704) 804-2778
Business Contact
 Praveen Ramaprabhu
Title: President
Phone: (704) 804-2778
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: The primary objective of this research effort is to develop a next-generation time-gated ballistic imaging (BI) system for three-dimensional characterization of liquid breakup within dense fuel sprays. The temporal resolution will be varied using nonlinear time gating and pulse shaping techniques to optimize image contrast for a range of optical densities in sprays for propulsion applications, including augmentors, rockets, scramjets, and IC engines. The unique feature of BI is that it can circumvent the difficulties associated with propagating light through dense media by eliminating diffuse light that has undergone multiple scattering within the dense field of droplets. In contrast with X-ray or conventional tomography, BI greatly reduces the number of elements that must be reconstructed to satisfy the Shannon/Nyquest criterion and allows 3D reconstruction using discrete tomography. Borrowing largely from advancements in medical imaging and non-destructive testing, several inversion algorithms will be tested to solve the discrete tomography problem. This approach can potentially allow measurements with very limited viewing angles for high-speed 3D imaging of liquid breakup in dense sprays. BENEFIT: We anticipate that three-dimensional ballistic imaging tomography will provide new measurement capabilities for studying liquid-breakup dynamics in a variety of propulsion systems, including augmentors, gas turbines, scramjets, and rockets. This will enable improved fundamental understanding and modeling of dense sprays, which is of significant practical and scientific interest. The understanding developed from the proposed tomography system is critical for improving the speed and efficiency of the design process, ultimately helping to avoid and or solve problems associated combustion dynamics brought on by transient, non-uniform fuel-air mixture preparation. This measurement capability is applicable for military and commercial propulsion systems, as well as industrial furnaces and internal combustion engines. The increasing availability of compact, ultrafast laser systems indicates that a ballistic imaging approach based on these advanced laser sources will be commercially feasible.

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