Awards Registry

High Speed Emission Tomography for Ground Test Facilities
Profile last edited on: 6/25/2022

Program
SBIR
Agency
NASA | SSC
Total Award Amount
$874,898
Award Phase
2
Principal Investigator
Yudaya R Sivathanu
Activity Indicator

Company Information

En'Urga Inc

1201 Cumberland Avenue Suite R
West Lafayette, IN 47906
   (765) 497-3269
   info@enurga.com
   www.enurga.com
Multiple Locations:   
Congressional District:   04
County:   Tippecanoe

Phase I

Phase I year
2021
Phase I Amount
$124,898
En’Urga Inc. will evaluate the feasibility of utilizing mid-infrared hyperspectral imaging as a diagnostic for ground test facilities that have high-temperature turbulent flows such as exhaust plumes from rockets and advanced propulsion systems. The two key issues that will be addressed during the Phase I research work are: (1) the feasibility of developing a high speed mid-infrared hyperspectral imager for turbulent flows, and (2) the feasibility of obtaining spatially and temporally resolved gas concentrations and temperatures from the mid-infrared hyperspectral images. Three tasks are planned to be completed during the Phase I work to address the feasibility of the Hyperspectral emission tomography system. The first task is to design and integrate a breadboard version of the hyperspectral imager to measure path integrated emission in the mid-infrared region from reacting flows. The second task is to develop an algorithm to obtain spatially and temporally resolved gas concentrations and temperatures from the measurements. The third task is to evaluate the system using laboratory-scale experiments. It is anticipated that at the end of the Phase I project, the feasibility of obtaining temperatures and gas concentrations from path-integrated measurements using a mid-infrared hyperspectral imager will be demonstrated conclusively. For Phase II work, a prototype mid-infrared hyperspectral tomographic system will be fabricated and delivered to NASA for use in the ground test facilities at the Stennis Space Center. Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words): The proposed hyperspectral imager will provide planar temperature and gas concentration from turbulent reacting flows in high-speed exhaust plumes. The primary NASA application for the proposed hyperspectral imager is to provide non-intrusive validation data for advanced technologies and vehicles. The Phase II prototype instrument can be directly utilized in the ground test facility at NASA Stennis Space Center. Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words): The primary commercial application of the hyperspectral imager will be to obtain validation data from the plumes of all types of propulsion devices. The data are required to develop advanced propulsion systems, aero engines, and associated technologies. Potential customers include commercial and military aerospace propulsion and aircraft engine organizations and university research laboratories Duration: 6

Phase II

Phase II year
2022 (last award dollars: 2022)
Phase II Amount
$750,000
En’Urga Inc. demonstrated the feasibility of utilizing a mid-infrared hyperspectral imager as a general-purpose ground testing diagnostic for rocket propulsion systems. The two key issues that were addressed during the Phase I research work are: (1) the feasibility of configuring a high speed mid-infrared hyperspectral imager to obtain emission signals from hydrogen, hydrocarbon, and solid rocket plumes, and (2) the feasibility of obtaining spatially and temporally resolved information from these measurements. The Phase I results demonstrated conclusively the ability to track temperature, gas concentrations, and particulate volume fractions from these turbulent plumes. The Phase II research work is focused on building a prototype mid-infrared hyperspectral imager, evaluating the imager for different flame configurations, and delivering the system to NASA. There are six tasks required for completing the Phase II objectives. 1) design and fabricate a hyperspectral imager for delivery to NASA, 2) align and calibrate the imager, 3) develop a graphical user interface for the hyperspectral imager, 4) evaluate the hyperspectral imager and the graphical user interface with laboratory-scale flames at En'Urga Inc., 5) demonstrate the sensor suite at Purdue University and our Phase II partner site, and 6) deliver the fully validated system to NASA Space Stennis Center. It is anticipated that at the end of the Phase II project, the prototype system can be directly used in the Stennis Space Center's test facilities to characterize rocket motors as well as supersonic and hypersonic propulsion systems. Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words): The hyperspectral imager will provide planar temperature, gas concentration, and particulate volume fraction with high temporal and spatial resolution. The primary NASA application for the proposed hyperspectral imager is to provide validation data for rocket propulsion systems. The Phase II customized prototype instrument that will be delivered to NASA can be directly utilized in the propulsion test facility at NASA Stennis Space Center. The proposed system can also be used for the quality assurance of rocket engines. Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words): The primary commercial application of the hyperspectral imager will be to obtain data in rocket and aircraft engines and exhaust plumes. Such data are required to develop advanced propulsion systems. Potential customers include both commercial and military aerospace propulsion and aircraft engine organizations. A secondary market is to study combustion in research laboratories. Duration: 24