Optical Patternation of Sprays

Period of Performance: 09/02/1997 - 12/15/1999

$775K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Princeton Scientific Instruments, Inc.
7 Deer Park Drive,, Suite C
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

The proposal is to develop a high frame rate imaging system for combustion and other research, by combining a solid state camera capable of capturing images of transient photometric phenomena at framing rates up to 1,000,000 frames per second with the laser sheet illumination technology that has been developed by the Propulsion Directorate of Phillips Laboratory. Both instrumental technologies are advances in the state of the art and in combination provide a much needed instrumentation capability for study of high speed and transient phenomena. There is considerable commercial market for high speed imaging instrumentation. Experiments conducted in Phase I demonstrated the value of such high frame rate imaging in two key research areas at Phillips Laboratory, Edwards AFB. In Phase II a MHz frame rate camera syste, tailored to spray patternation research and other applications, will be developed and demonstrated. A complete operational camera system will be delivered to Phillips Laboratory. The application of this system to propulsion research at Phillips Laboratory will illustrate its performance and foster commercialization in Phase III.