Propulsion System Performance and Health Monitor

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,948.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-05-M-2604
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-192-0949
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF05-192
Solicitation Number:
2005.1
Small Business Information
ADVANCED FUEL RESEARCH, INC.
87 Church Street, East Hartford, CT, 06108
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
021804661
Principal Investigator:
James Markham
Chief Executive Officer
(860) 528-9806
jim@AFRinc.com
Business Contact:
Michael Serio
President
(860) 528-9806
mserio@AFRinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The innovation proposed is a flight-worthy optical sensor that will monitor propulsion system performance and health characteristics, including identifying the onset of combustion instability, in air-breathing engines such as turbojets and ramjets. It is an innovation for three reasons: 1) the sensing is performed in the hot exhaust flow at the back of the engine instead of at the flame-front in the combustor, so no undesired penetrations into the high-pressure, high-temperature combustor are required; 2) in addition to detecting incipient combustion instability the sensor will provide a means to monitor and diagnose the operational health of the engine; and 3) key components of the sensor include a novel optic and passive measurement method. The innovation is directly relevant and important to meeting the technology need described in the topic since it will be measuring new parameters in real-time that will provide propulsion system performance characteristics and contribute to safely expanding the flight envelope of aerospace vehicles. The technology will be attractive to the military aerospace industry since it will provide low-risk technology transfer, advanced aircraft superiority, lower maintenance costs, increased performance, and increased affordability.

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