Characterizing JP-10 High Temperature Decomposition Chemistry using RMG - An Automatic Reaction Mechanism Generator

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-09-C-0367
Agency Tracking Number:
N09A-011-0225
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Aerodyne Research, Inc.
45 Manning Road, Billerica, MA, 01821
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
030817290
Principal Investigator:
Oluwayemisi Oluwole
Senior Chemical Engineer
(978) 663-9500
oluwoleo@aerodyne.com
Business Contact:
George Wittreich
Executive Vice President
(978) 663-9500
gnw@aerodyne.com
Research Institution:
MIT
Chanell L Rome
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Building E19-750
Cambridge, MA, 02139-4307
(617) 324-9012
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Aerodyne Research, Inc. (ARI) and MIT are collaborating to establish the feasibility of fully characterizing the complex chemistry of JP-10 high temperature decomposition, in the presence of oxygen, using a novel automatic reaction mechanism generation tool (RMG) developed at MIT. JP-10 is a very attractive fuel for missile and other air-breathing propulsion applications due to its high energy density. However, JP-10 chemistry remains only partially understood, limiting its successful adoption for these applications. Currently, the biggest gap in published literature is in the chemistry of JP-10 initial decomposition to C5 hydrocarbons, in the presence of oxygen. In Phase I, the ARI/MIT team will apply RMG to develop a detailed reaction mechanism for these initial JP-10 decomposition steps. Our approach bypasses the tedious and error-prone manual model construction processes, enabling us to obtain a more comprehensive reaction mechanism in a more efficient way. Transport properties will also be provided, using group additivity concepts. Phase I results will set the foundation for Phase II when the complete, comprehensive reaction mechanism of JP-10 high temperature decomposition will be established and extensively validated through shock tube experiments. Phase I option will bridge the gap, beginning to explore further decomposition of the C5 species.

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