Near-Field Velocity Measurement System for Wind Tunnel Testing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9101-07-M-0014
Agency Tracking Number: F071-345-1533
Amount: $77,747.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-345
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
605 Preston Ave., Blacksburg, VA, 24060
DUNS: 090175485
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 K. Todd Lowe
 VP for Research and Development
 (540) 797-0643
Business Contact
 K. Todd Lowe
Title: VP for Research and Development
Phone: (540) 961-3005
Research Institution
Applied University Research, Inc. (AUR) proposes a high resolution instrument to meet the Air Force transonic wind-tunnel testing needs for near-field flow velocity measurements at the Arnold Engineering Development Center. The foundation technology for this instrument, a three-velocity-component sub-miniature fiber-optic laser-Doppler velocimeter (LDV), has been developed for low speeds by the consultant to this proposed project, Dr. Roger L. Simpson, through research involving the proposing P.I. and his colleagues. The current proposed work is to prove the feasibility of extending the low speed instrument to high speed applications—a non-trivial extension, as a review of the literature reveals. The proposing P.I. has a background in developing novel laser flow instrumentation including years of experience with all facets of LDV systems: thorough knowledge of theoretical LDV operation, LDV uncertainty analysis, and advanced signal processing; discrete/fiber optical system integration; data acquisition systems and software development; and extensive practical experience in reducing novel LDV systems to practice. AUR is in an excellent position to successfully extend the sub-miniature LDV technologies to high speed flow and develop these technologies to fill a market void in high resolution three-velocity-component flow measurements.

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