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Digital Focusing Schlieren for Hypervelocity Ground Testing

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX15CA47P
Agency Tracking Number: 154858
Amount: $123,671.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H7.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-06-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-12-17
Small Business Information
22941 Mill Creek Drive
Laguna Hills, CA 92653-1215
United States
DUNS: 079198837
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Benjamin Buckner
 Principal Investigator
 (714) 757-4187
 bbuckner@spectabit.com
Business Contact
 Benjamin Buckner
Title: Business Official
Phone: (714) 757-4187
Email: bbuckner@spectabit.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

We propose to adapt a revolutionary digital focusing schlieren imaging technology to hypervelocity ground testing. Spectabit's digital focusing schlieren approach has greatly improved a widely used aerodynamics tool and rendered it so robust, user friendly, and productive that it can be used in test facilities and environments that have been prohibitive before. We have identified several key adaptations to this technology which can make it applicable to the submicrosecond time resolutions often required in hypervelocity testing environments. Some of these adaptations may be useful in other high-speed imaging techniques by enabling the suppression of laser speckle. The digital schlieren concept represents the first major improvement in schlieren imaging in over 150 years, a true quantum jump in the technology. Conversion to digital obviates many of the long-standing problems with focusing schlieren systems that are associated with precisely matching the cutoff grid to the background light pattern. Because the system is digital, the control software can perform real-time image enhancement as well. Consequently, the most severe hardware production and alignment restrictions are now software problems that are solvable continuously, quickly, and inexpensively in real time. This capability enables the system to compute and compensate for imperfect windows and optics, optical aberrations, misalignments, and temporal changes in the system and subject.

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