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Oxygen-Independent Pressure Sensitive Paint, Phase I

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Intelligent Optical Systems (IOS) proposes to develop a unique coating that uses fluorescence quenching in an entirely new way to provide high resolution images of the true pressure distribution on surfaces in hypersonic flow. IOS will use unique pigments whose fluorescence depends directly on absolute ambient pressure, not on the partial pressure of oxygen in the flow field, to develop coatings that will allow "legacy" (oxygen-based) visualization equipment to characterize flows in oxygen-free atmospheres. The new pigments will also be completely compatible with temperature indicating materials and binders currently used in temperature-compensated pressure sensitive paints. In Phase I IOS will create two different oxygen-insensitive pressure-sensitive pigment materials, combine them with a suitable binder, and apply the resulting paints to stainless steel test coupons. The fluorescence of these test samples will be measured under varying static pressures of pure nitrogen, and imaged in a low-speed flow environment at varying angles of attack. This will set the stage for Phase II development and delivery of a complete temperature-compensated true ambient pressure sensitive paint system that can be used to characterize flow around structures in hypersonic wind tunnels and other facilities where oxygen-independent pressure mapping is needed. More »

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