High Performance Arcjet Engines

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$59,981.00
Award Year:
1993
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
19652
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Space Exploration Associates
141 West Xenia Ave, Po Box, 579, Cedarville, OH, 45314
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Elliot B. Kennel
(513) 766-2050
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
IT IS PROPOSED THAT ADVANCED ARCJET ENGINES CAN BE DEVELOPED USING KNOWN PRINCIPLES FOR ADVANCED NOZZLE DESIGN, ARC ATTACHMENT, INCREASED CHAMBER EFFECTIVE TEMPERATURE AND SO FORTH. SUCH STUDIES ARE PARTIALLY SUPPORTED BY EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS BY RESEARCHERS IN THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION. YET THESE PRINCIPLES RESULT IN INCREASED HEATING OF THE ANODE, AS THE ARC MORE EFFECTIVELY HEATS THE ANODE. THIS CAN BE ACCOMMODATED THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SPECIAL COMPOSITE ELECTRODE WITH HIGH THERMAL AND ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY. A BORON-DOPED CARBON COMPOSITE IS PROPOSED, WHICH WOUDL OFFER AN ORDER-OF-MAGNITUDE IMPROVEMENT IN THERMAL DIFFUSIVITY COMPARED TO COPPER OR TUNGSTEN, AND YET WHICH OFFERS REASONABLE ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY AND EXTREMELY HIGH TEMPERATURE CAPABILITY AS WELL. I(sp) AS HIGH AS 1900 sec IS NOT OUT OF THE QUESTION WITH SUCH TECHNOLOGY.

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