HYPERVELOCITY FOR AEROTHERMODYNAMIC EXPERIMENTS

Period of Performance: 01/01/1993 - 12/31/1993

$499K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

IAP Research, Inc.
2763 Culver Avenue Array
Dayton, OH 45429

Abstract

THE DEVELOPMENT OF HYPERSONIC AEROSPACE VEHICLES REQUIRES DETAILED KNOWLEDGE OF THE AEROTHERMODYNAMIC (ATD) ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH THE VEHICLE WILL BE OPERATED. EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF ATD PARAMETERS AT GREATER THAN 6KM/S IS PRESENTLY NOT FEASIBLE. THE GOAL OF THIS PROJECT IS TO DEVELOP THE TECHNOLOGY BASE AND DEMONSTRATE AN ELECTROMAGNETIC GUN SYSTEM CAPABLE OF ACHIEVING GREATER THAN 6KM/S LAUNCH VELOCITY. THE OBJECT IS TO DEVELOP A DISTRIBUTED, ENERGY-STORAGE CONCEPT FOR POWERING RAILGUNS TOPUSH THE SYSTEM ENERGY CONVERSION EFFICIENCY TO MORE THAN 80 PERCENT. THIS HIGH EFFICIENCY AT HYPERVELOCITY WILL MAKE ATD TESTING AT GREATER THAN 6KM/S FEASIBLE. THE DEVELOPMENT OF HYPERSONIC AEROSPACE VEHICLES REQUIRES DETAILED KNOWLEDGE OF THE AEROTHERMODYNAMIC (ATD) ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH THE VEHICLE WILL BE OPERATED. EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF ATD PARAMETERS AT GREATER THAN 6KM/S IS PRESENTLY NOT FEASIBLE. THE GOAL OF THIS PROJECT IS TO DEVELOP THE TECHNOLOGY BASE AND DEMONSTRATE AN ELECTROMAGNETIC GUN SYSTEM CAPABLE OF ACHIEVING GREATER THAN 6KM/S LAUNCH VELOCITY. THE OBJECT IS TO DEVELOP A DISTRIBUTED, ENERGY-STORAGE CONCEPT FOR POWERING RAILGUNS TOPUSH THE SYSTEM ENERGY CONVERSION EFFICIENCY TO MORE THAN 80 PERCENT. THIS HIGH EFFICIENCY AT HYPERVELOCITY WILL MAKE ATD TESTING AT GREATER THAN 6KM/S FEASIBLE.