Tactical Rocket Engine Stability Tool

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$745,500.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9300-10-C-3005
Agency Tracking Number:
O2-0852
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD08-PR1
Solicitation Number:
2008.1
Small Business Information
Gloyer-Taylor Laboratories LLC
2212 Harton Blvd, Tullahoma, TN, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
144158677
Principal Investigator:
Paul Gloyer
President
(931) 393-5108
paul.gloyer@gtlcompany.com
Business Contact:
Paul Gloyer
President
(931) 393-5108
paul.gloyer@gtlcompany.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
History has repeatedly shown that combustion instability is the greatest technical risk faced in any rocket development program. To address this risk, Gloyer-Taylor Laboratories LLC (GTL) has created the Universal Combustion Device Stability (UCDS) process. UCDS employs a tightly integrated analysis of all forms of disturbances, acoustic, vortical, and entropic waves, superimposed on the quasi-steady mean flow of combustion products. This tool provides the means to calculate the complex combustion stability characteristics of rocket engines. GTL proposes to validate the robustness of the UCDS tool by analyzing five benchmark cases and comparing the results to test data. Sensitivity analyses will be used to extract key insight into the impact of mechanisms, phenomena and parameters on system stability. As part of this effort, physical or computational experiments will be designed and performed to examine high priority features. Successful completion of the proposed Phase II validation effort will replace the uncertainty and high cost of rocket development by a rigorous design methodology based on true understanding of engine oscillatory dynamics. This capability will provide a critical risk reduction for the Hydrocarbon Boost program and open the door to new possibilities for future tactical rocket engines.

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