Zucrow Naming Opportunities - Phase II

Zucrow Phase 2 Plan

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Naming entire lab: $2.5M

With access to the newly-purchased air heater, this custom-designed facility will be one of the world’s top proplusion labs. Five new test cells will be outfitted with the capability to utilize the large capacity, high pressure and high temperature air source for a variety of research areas. Most importantly, the cells will be adjacent to a world-class laser lab that will provide a capability to apply the very latest diagnostics to these challenging research problems. The unique capability of the lab to replicate very demanding compressor exit conditions from modern gas turbine engines provides our researchers mechanisms to contribute immediately to challenges of reducing pollutants and fuel burn in modern engines. We picture this laboratory working at the forefront of new combustor development to provide a whole new class of engines for air travel into the coming decades. The capabilities of the air system also provide for exciting opportunities to contribute to next generation turbines and nozzles for gas turbine engines. Finally, the capabilities also provide for a host of experiments in hypersonic propulsion systems including supersonic combustion ramjets (scramjets) and ducted rocket systems. The capability of the air system will permit researchers to simulate high speed flight conditions for speeds in excess of Mach 4.

1 - Test Cells, Advanced Diagnostics High Pressure Combustion Lab: $250K ($1.25M for all 5 test cells)
Central to the Advanced Diagnostics High Pressure Combustion Lab are five test cells, each measuring 25’ by 20’, providing 500 square feet of space to support installation of experiments, optical tables, plumbing and instrumentation. Each cell will have the potential to exploit the high pressure, high temperature air source for air breathing combustion or nozzle flow experiments. The substantial air systems also provides capabilities for free-jet testing in which a vehicle model is placed in close proximity to a large nozzle producing high speed airflow to simulate flight conditions. Corporate sponsors who will support research in the various cells may wish to name the test cell under their corporate philanthropic sources while individuals can dedicate given cells as they wish.

2 - Laser Diagnostics Laboratory: $1M
The Laser Diagnostics Laboratory within the Advanced Diagnostics High Pressure Combustion Lab will have a world-class capability to apply the most advanced optical diagnostics to the experiments in each test cell. With careful temperature and humidity control, this room will be amenable for the most sensitive optics. With over 2,100 square feet of space, the LDL is the single largest room in the new lab building. Running adjacent to all five test cells provides for capabilities to move lasers toward active experiments and in doing so enhance lab productivity. In addition, this layout will also permit simultaneous use of several different laser and optical systems, in contrast to the current practice of tearing one down to put up another. Equipment will include systems for nanosecond and/or femtosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy (CARS), planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) and particle imaging velocimetry (PIV). Space also will be available for systems that test and calibrate laser diagnostics methods, including standard flames and heated and pressurized gas cells.

3 - Lab Service Room (Fabrication Shop/Build Area): $250K
The 1200-square-foot lab service room will provide space for high pressure tube forming, cleaning parts for oxygen service, assembly work benches, experiment storage and other infrastructure needed to operate test cell experiments. Lying adjacent to the test cells, this room provides space for instrumentation cable and experiment assembly. Instrumentation installation and checkout can also be performed in this temperature-controlled space prior to installation of the assembly in the test cell. Provisions for soldering and cable making will be included in this room.

4 - Instrumentation Room (Computer Data/Storage): $200K
Data acquisition computers and local termination for instrumentation wiring will be accomplished in the 920-square-foot instrumentation room. These computers, remotely controlled during test operations from other rooms in the High Pressure Lab Complex, will serve as the main controls for experiments in adjacent test cells. The room will feature patch panels where instrumentation lines from the various test cells are terminated for connection to experiment control computers.