High-Frequency Energy-Deposition Actuators for Effective Scramjet Control

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,965.00
Award Year:
2014
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-14-C-2418
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
F121-191-2246
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF121-191
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
1665 E. 18th Street, Suite 112, Tucson, AZ, 85719-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
058268652
Principal Investigator:
Nathan Tichenor
Director of Aerospace Sci
(979) 862-1795
ntichenor@physics-math.com
Business Contact:
Margaret Chiang
Director of Advanced Prog
(310) 261-2075
margaret.chiang@physics-math.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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 our strong collaborative team, propose to demonstrate the feasibility of depositing energy using"plasma"actuators within a hypersonic propulsion system to increase the performance of these high-speed platforms. BENEFIT: If successful, this novel 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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites


SBA logo

Department of Agriculture logo

Department of Commerce logo

Department of Defense logo

Department of Education logo

Department of Energy logo

Department of Health and Human Services logo

Department of Homeland Security logo

Department of Transportation logo

Enviromental Protection Agency logo

National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo

National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government