UAH

Past Projects

UAHuntsville Propulsion Research Center has provided technical research for a variety of government agencies and commercial companies in recent years.

Past projects are listed below by externally funded efforts in advanced propulsion technologies, externally funded concept evaluations for multi-discilinary projects, and externally funded advanced discipline technology projects.

Table 1  Externally-Funded  Past Projects – Advanced Propulsion Technologies

Title of Effort Funding Organization Contract Number Brief Summary of Results
High Energy Solid Propellant Test Bed NASA MSFC NASA N009 Established experimntal database on temperature sensitivity on new solid propellants.
Solid Propellant Characterization Techniques University of Maryland NCC3989 Developed digital algorithms to analyze transient burning rate data from ultrasonic instrumentation.
UAH Solid Propellant Characterization NASA Glenn Research Center NNC06GA29G Experimentally assessed transient propellant ballistics of candidate ullage settling motors formulation.
Advanced Propellant Technology for Propellant Systems  Strategic Missile Defence Office Demonstrated new propellant formulations for controllable mized hybrid solid propellants.
Novel Energetic Material to Stabilize Solid Propellant Rockets Ballistic Missile Defence Office  PC184577  Evaluated unsteady burning rate and extinguishment properties of state of the art solid propellants.
Advanced Diagnostics for Combustion Stability Assessment Office of Naval Research Developed modulating valve technology and ultrasonics to measure the unsteady solid propellant burning rates.
Ducted Rocket Engine Research - Booster Prop. Dev.  U.S. Army MICOM  DAAH01-93-C-R326  Characterized the effect of blended oxidizer on gas-generator propellants. 
Advanced Motor Plume Tech.  U.S. Army MICOM  DAAH01-92-R006  Experimentally characterized electron density in laboratory-scale solid rocket motor plumes. 
Modeling of an advanced microwave electrothermal thruster fueled by water.  NASA / Orbital Technologies  OTC-GS-0237-1  Develop models to characterize the MET thruster. 
Rocket Motor Plume Simulation and Signatures U.S. Army MICOM DAAH0-D-R002 Designed system to experimentally measure electron density in solid rocket motor plumes.

Table 2 – Externally Funded Concept Evaluation/Multi-Disciplinary Projects

Title of Effort Funding Organization Contract Number Brief Summary of Results
Notional Miniature Interceptor U.S. Army AMRDEC DAAH01-01-0-R160  Directed technology assessment for gun-launched, guided inceptor with multi-disciplinary teams of over 100 students, faculty, and industry members.
Enhanced Counter Air Projectile II U.S. Army AMRDEC W31P4Q-04-C-R172 Completed autopilot design and probability of kill assessment of spinning, solid-propellant-guided, gun-launched interceptor.
Enhanced Counter Air Projectile U.S. Army AMRDEC  W31P4Q-04-C-R172  Completed design for spinning, solid-propellant-guided, gun-launched interceptor with multi-disciplinary teams of over 100 students, faculty, and industry mentors. 
Advanced Solid Rocket Propulsion Class/Symposium Jacobs SESTS Group  Contract SvT-0029  Led multi-disciplinary team of 13 subject matter experts that produced and delivered a graduate-level course in advanced solid rocketry. 
Guided 2.75-in Missile Design Study U.S. Army AMRDEC DAAH01-01-0-R160  Directed conceptual design of guidance package for 2.75-inch rocket motors with multi-disciplinary teams of over 100 students, faculty, and industry mentors. 
Micro-UAVs in a Collaborative Urban Scenario Concept Study U.S. Army AMRDEC W31P4Q-04-C-R172  Completed system competual design and evaluations of micro UAV's with multi-disciplinary teams of over 100 students, faculty, and industry mentors. 

Table 3 – Externally Funded Advanced Discipline Technology Projects

Title of Effort Funding Organization Contract Number Brief Summary of Results
Modeling & Simulation of Damage in Solid Rocket Propellants U.S. Army AMRDEC W31P4Q-04-C-R172-Mod Completed a critical evaluation of the leading criteria for damage in composite solid propellants; conducted micromechanical analysis of damage in materials with microdefects.
Material Instability Computer Code Capacities Development U.S. Navy (NSWC-Dahlgren Division) N00178-08-C-3031 Developed and implemented a bifurcation analysis framework which can be used in any analysis code to predict the initiation of strain localization for a physics-based model for metals under high-rate conditions.
Precision Resupply/Urban Warfare Reconnaissance Technologies using Autonomous Parafoils Naval Postgraduate School N00244-08-1-0016 Completed design, development, and testing of a small guided parafoil used for precision placement.
Miniature Rotorcraft Flight Control Stabilization System Army Research Office W911NF-07-1-0508 Developed, build, and tested a miniature autopilot for autonomous hovering of a small (less that 1.5 kg) helicopter.
Flexible Model Based Micro Rotorcraft Flight Control System Army Research Office W911NF-06-1-0445 Directed development and design of a Model Predictive control algorithm for use on small autonomous helicoptors.