NASA STTR 2006 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:06 T9.01-9938
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE:Rocket Propulsion Testing Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE:Novel instrumentation for rocket propulsion systems

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (SBC): RESEARCH INSTITUTION (RI):
NAME: Los Gatos Research NAME:University of Wisconsin-Madison
ADDRESS:67 East Evelyn Avenue, Suite 3 ADDRESS:750 University Avenue
CITY:Mountain View CITY:Madison
STATE/ZIP:CA  94041-1518 STATE/ZIP:WI  53706-1494
PHONE: (650) 965-7772 PHONE: (608) 262-0252

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name,Email)
Douglas   Baer
d.baer@lgrinc.com

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT ( Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The objective of the proposed SBIR Phase I program is to develop novel laser-based instruments that provide rapid, in situ, simultaneous measurements of gas temperature, velocity and mole fractions of several important species in rocket plume exhaust flows at NASA Stennis Space Center. Based on laser absorption spectroscopy techniques, the instrument will employ room temperature near-IR and mid-IR lasers to determine the concentrations of several combustion products, pollutants and unburned hydrocarbons with high sensitivity. The Phase I instrument will be demonstrated in combustion flows at University of Wisconsin-Madison Engine Laboratory, at LGR and at a NASA test facility. The fast response of the instrument will enable engineers and scientists to record precise measurements gasdynamic parameters in rocket engine flows to identify temperature and species nonuniformities, combustion instabilities and to refine and improve computational models.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Instrumentation for measurements in rocket engine and gas turbine engine flows that will enable NASA scientists and engineers to monitor gas concentrations, temperatures and velocities under realistic engine operating conditions.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Non-NASA Commercial Applications include: Instrumentation for measurements, control and thus optimization of combustion engine flows (gas turbines, waste incinerators) based on measurements of gas concentrations, temperatures and velocities.

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