Flow-Field Seeding Techniques for Large Transonic Wind Tunnels

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,489.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9101-06-M-0124
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-297-3719
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
AERO SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, INC.
358 East Fillmore Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55107
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
041776824
Principal Investigator:
Peter Chu
Manager Aero Thermal Engineering
(651) 220-1207
pchu@aerosysengr.com
Business Contact:
Stevn Hedberg
CFO & Secretary
(651) 220-1222
shedberg@aerosysengr.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Optical measurements including laser velocimetry (LV), particle image velocimetry (PIV), and other similar techniques are becoming a more important part of aerodynamic testing. However their implementation into large production wind tunnels is severely hindered by difficulties with flow seeding. Phase I of this program will focus on the problem of seed delivery and dispersal into a transonic stream over the small area of interest. This will limit facility contamination to minimum levels but requires a device to be installed near (or just upstream) of the test section to locate the seed distribution nozzle(s). The effect on flow quality will be evaluated as well. If this proves successful, Phase II will focus on the problem of implementing a system that can be easily installed/removed in a typical large transonic wind tunnel.

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