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TvU Research Projects

TvU Priority Research Programs

Cryostabilized Propellant Additives (pdf)

Energetic atoms/molecules are stabilized in a cryogenic fuel matrix such that the total propellant mixture provides revolutionary increases in propellant power. Properties of Solid Hydrogen, Cryostabilized Additive Paper1 (pdf), Cryostabilized Additive Paper2 (pdf). Related work has been done on Cryogenic Van der Waals Compounds.

Low Power Furnaces

Convection, radiation, and conduction heat losses are dramatically reduced, allowing dramatic decreases in the furnace power. Applications include space and extra-terrestrial furnaces, and special-purpose laboratory furnaces.

Heat Radiation Shielding

Developing new techniques for reflecting heat radiation in both in the high temperature and cryogenic temperature regimes.

Extreme Temperature Chemistry

Exploring chemical reactions in the high temperature and cryogenic temperature regimes.

Particle Heat and Mass Exchangers

Using particles in flows to enhance scalar transport. High Altitude Droplet Heat Exchanger, Microgravity Particle Fluid Reactor.

TvU Other Research Programs

TvU is also pursuing research and development on a number of other valuable concepts, materials, and devices. Progress is limited by funding, so joint development programs are welcomed. Below is a partial list of ongoing research topics and contact information.

CRYOGENIC PROPELLANTS

CRYOSTABILIZED MATERIALS

Developing techniques to generate materials that are stabilized at cryogenic temperatures. Applications include combustion catalysis and next generation rocket fuels.

SOLID HYDROGEN FUELING OF AN AIR BREATHING SUPERSONIC COMBUSTOR

Wall injection of solid hydrogen particles to allow cryostabilized materials to be added to scramjet fuels.
US Patent # 6003300

CRYOGENIC RADICAL CATALYST FABRICATION

Developing techniques to fabricate a radical catalyst to enhance rocket/scramjet combustion rates.

OZONE FUEL RESEARCH

Developing techniques to allow ozone to be used as a stable, high-energy rocket fuel.

CRYOGENICS

DECADE LONG CRYOGENIC HYDROGEN STORAGE

Developing a system to store cryogenic hydrogen for decades with small mass loss.

THROTTLE-BODY CRYOGENIC LIQUID VALVE

Developing loss thermal loss liquid cryogen valve.

DEVICES

PNEUMATIC PART FEEDER

Developing devices that use gas flow to move parts from delivery to automated assembly station at high speed.

SPRAY PARTICLE GENERATOR

Ten micron diameter stainless steel particles will be generated by this device.

FURNACES

LOW POWER FURNACE

Developing techniques that allow near total heat containment, leading to high-efficiency, low power furnaces.

HIGH TEMPERATURES FURNACES

Developing materials and techniques that allow fabrication of very high temperature furnaces using low to moderate power.

SOLAR FURNACE CORE

Developing materials and techniques that allow fabrication of a high efficiency solar furnace core.

HEAT EXCHANGE

PARTICLE HEAT EXCHANGERS (PHX)

Developing a particle and droplet heat exchangers for applications that include: 1) efficient heat transfer at small temperature differences for industrial reuse of waste heat, 2) high altitude heat exchange, 3) acoustically enhanced droplet heat exchangers.

INDUSTRIAL HEAT REFLECTORS

Developing a industrial high efficiency heat reflectors.

VACUUM INSULATION

Developing the techniques appropriate to eliminating convective heat transfer at low pressures.

MATERIALS RESEARCH

METAL/OXIDE CERAMIC BONDING

Developing a stable high temperature (1400°C) noble metal catalyst/substrate combination.

HIGH TEMPERATURE CHEMISTRY

Exploring the practice and theory of high temperature (over 1000°C) chemistry.

HIGH TEMPERATURE CATALYST

Developing a stable high temperature (1400°C) noble metal catalyst/substrate combination.

NOVEL BINDER FOR REACTIVE METAL INJECTION MOLDING

Developing a binder that will allow powder metal injection molding (MIM) of reactive metal parts.

BULK POROUS DIAMOND

Developing a diamond sintering technique developed to fabricate bulk (many cm diameter) porous diamond.
US Patent # 5885541

OPTICS

IMAGING SYSTEMS FOR HYPERVELOCITY AND RE-ENTRY VEHICLES

Developing sapphire windows and window mounting to allow through-skin imaging on Scramjets and Re-entry Vehicles.

HIGH TEMPERATURE SAPPHIRE FIBER CLADDING

Developing a sapphire fiber cladding for sensor fibers that tolerates greater than 1400°C.

HIGH PRESSURE SAPPHIRE WINDOWS

Polish strengthened windows allow windows to be used for extreme environments.

EXTENDED INFRARED SAPPHIRE WINDOWS

Sapphire windows developed with IR transmission to 8 microns and beyond.

MICROWAVE APPLICATIONS

HIGH POWER MICROWAVE WINDOWS

Super thin high power (MW) sapphire microwave windows.

MICROWAVE ENHANCEMENT OF COMBUSTION

Flame speeds can be increased and combustion enhanced using microwave absorption in special combustion environments.

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Last updated: April 2017