NASA STTR 2006 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 06-2 T9.01-9938
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Rocket Propulsion Testing Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: Novel Instrumentation for Rocket Propulsion Systems

NAME: Los Gatos Research NAME: University of Wisconsin-Madison
STREET: 67 East Evelyn Avenue, Suite 3 STREET: 750 University Avenue
CITY: Mountain View CITY: Madison
STATE/ZIP: CA  94041 - 1529 STATE/ZIP: WI  53706 - 1494
PHONE: (650) 965-7772 PHONE: (608) 262-0252

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Douglas Baer
67 East Evelyn Avenue, Suite 3
Mountain View, CA 94041 - 1518
(650) 965-7772

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract:

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The objective of the proposed SBIR Phase II program is to develop, deploy and deliver 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 proven laser absorption spectroscopy techniques and successful demonstrations in Phase I, the instrument will employ novel room temperature near-IR and mid-IR lasers to determine the concentrations of several combustion products, pollutants and flowfield parameters (gas temperature and velocity) with high sensitivity. The Phase I instrument will be tested and refined in combustion flows at University of Wisconsin-Madison Engine Laboratory and at LGR and demonstrated in realistic flows at NASA Stennis Space Center. The fast response of the instrument will enable engineers and scientists to record precise measurements of several important gasdynamic parameters in rocket engine (including Space Shuttle Main 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)
The proposed instrumentation will be used for reliable measurements of gas concentrations (several species), temperature and velocity in flowfields generated by rocket engines (Space Shuttle), gas turbine engines, arc jets, wind tunnels, engine augmentors and pulse detonation engines by NASA scientists and engineers (e.g., at SSC, Langley, ATK/GASL, AEDC, Ames) and thus enable design and testing of more efficient, less polluting engines and propulsion systems.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed program will lead to new instrumentation for reliable, non-intrusive measurements for control and thus optimization of (less polluting, more efficient) combustion-driven engines, power sources and incinerators based on measurements of multiple gas concentrations, temperatures and gas velocities.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

Aircraft Engines
Fundamental Propulsion Physics
Testing Facilities
Testing Requirements and Architectures

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