NASA SBIR 2014 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-1 H2.03-9668
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP)
PROPOSAL TITLE: Advanced Simulation Capability for Turbopump Cavitation Dynamics Guided by Experimental Validation

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Streamline Numerics, Inc.
3221 North West 13th Street, Suite A
Gainesville, FL 32609 - 2189
(352) 271-8841

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Siddharth Thakur
3221 North West 13th Street, Suite A
Gainesville, FL 32609 - 2189
(352) 271-8841

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Siddharth Thakur
3221 North West 13th Street, Suite A
Gainesville, FL 32609 - 2189
(352) 271-8841

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 6

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Numerical cavitation modeling capability is critical in the design of liquid rocket engine turbopumps, feed lines, injector manifolds and engine test facilities. Cavitation in turbopumps leads to reduced performance, mechanical vibrations, and component erosion. The Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solver Loci-STREAM–developed by Streamline Numerics–is one of the primary production tools currently used at NASA to simulate turbopumps. With a long term goal of enabling accurate computational modeling of cavitating turbopumps subjected to an array of potential operating conditions, this project is aimed at enhancing the cavitation modeling capability in Loci-STREAM to enable time-accurate simulations involving complex engineering geometries present in turbopumps of relevance to NASA involving cryogenic fluids (LOX, LH2, LCH4, RP-1, RP-2). This will contribute to enhanced performance, reliability and reduced developmental costs of liquid rocket pumps. The project will involve a tightly coupled experimental/computational effort. The experimental simulations will be conducted at the University of Florida in a dedicated experimental facility capable of investigating various cavitation modes covering the entire range of non-cryogenic to cryogenic fluids; the proposed studies will be supported by extensive instrumentation. The cavitation models in Loci-STREAM will be substantively validated via dedicated experimental data directed by the computational and model requirements.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The outcome of Phase 1 activities will be a powerful CFD-based design and analysis capability to predict turbopump cavitation dynamics in liquid rocket engines relevant to NASA. This tool will have direct impact on development and cost reduction of turbopumps relevant to the SLS in general and Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) engines in particular. It will enable fast and accurate 3D simulations of turbulent unsteady cavitation in existing or new/modified liquid space propulsion engines including J-2X, RS-68, F-1, etc. to allow detailed insight into the physics of cryogenic cavitation and will potentially facilitate design improvements of turbopumps involving liquid propellants such as LOX, LH2, LCH4, RP1 and RP-2.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The computational tool resulting from this project will have wide-ranging commercial applications. The Hybrid RANS-LES methodology in conjunction with unsteady cavitation models can be used for a wide variety of engineering applications involving unsteady turbulent cavitating flows. This tool will enable fast and accurate simulation for a wide range of cavitating flows in a variety of engineering applications and will lead to Improved analysis of unsteady turbulent cavitating flow fields in industrial turbomachinery, potentially leading to design improvements and cost reductions.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (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.)
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Software Tools (Analysis, Design)
Surface Propulsion

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