High-Frequency Energy-Deposition Actuators for Effective Scramjet Control

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-12-M-2255
Agency Tracking Number: F121-191-2246
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: AF121-191
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
1665 E. 18th Street, Suite 112, Tucson, AZ, -
DUNS: 058268652
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Nathan Tichenor
 Director of Aerospace Sciences
 (979) 862-1795
Business Contact
 Kevin Kremeyer
Title: VP of Research
Phone: (520) 903-2345
Email: kremeyer@physics-math.com
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Hypersonic propulsion systems, such as supersonic combustion ramjets (scramjets) are generally expected to operate from Mach 3.5 up to Mach 7-8 and are designed for specific flight Mach numbers to achieve optimum performance. However, realistic flight vehicles will experience a wide range of flight conditions during a typical mission. These off-design flight conditions degrade the performance of the hypersonic propulsion system because the engine is not actively controlled. In an effort to increase engine performance, while simultaneously enabling system weight reductions, PM & AM Research, in collaboration with University of Arizona and Texas A & M University, propose to demonstrate the feasibility of depositing energy using"plasma"actuators within a hypersonic propulsion system. BENEFIT: If successful, this solution would allow increased thrust and robustness. Military applications for this innovative system include high-speed propulsion systems and technologies applicable toward various time-critical weapon systems, strike/reconnaissance vehicles, and space launch applications. Additionally, commercial applications include enhancing current scramjet system designs to enable access to space applications to compete with existing rocket platforms.

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