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Company Information:

Name: IllinoisRocstar LLC
Address: 60 Hazelwood Drive
P. O. Box 3001
Champaign, IL
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
Phone: (217) 417-0885

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,662,227.00 17
SBIR Phase II $2,933,668.00 4
STTR Phase I $618,050.00 6
STTR Phase II $1,324,712.00 3

Award List:

Experimental and Computational Investigation of Nozzles in a Crosswind Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF ILLINOIS AT U-C
Principal Investigator: William Dick, Managing Member
Award Amount: $69,019.00
RI Contact: Kathy Young
Abstract:
An integrated experimental and computational investigation of non-conventional nozzles and series of nozzles in crosswind environments is proposed. The experiments will be conducted at the University of Illinois and will provide a validation test bed for numerical simulations. High-fidelity… More

Experimental and Computational Investigation of Nozzles in a Crosswind Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CH
Principal Investigator: William A. Dick, CEO & Managing Member
Award Amount: $499,713.00
RI Contact: Kathy Young
Abstract:
An integrated experimental and computational investigation of non-conventional nozzles and series of nozzles in crosswind environments is proposed. The experiments will be conducted at the University of Illinois and will provide a validation test bed for numerical simulations. High-fidelity… More

Experimental and Computational Program for Slow and Fast Cookoff for Insensitive Munitions Testing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Mark D. Brandyberry, COO & Sr Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,796.00
Abstract:
We propose a joint experimental and computational program to predict the behavior of heterogeneous energetic materials, specifically the properties and dynamics of their initiation, during slow and fast cookoff for insensitive munitions testing. The experimental effort will involve gram-scale fast… More

Solid Rocket Motor Propellant Characterization and Material Reconstruction Using High Resolution Tomography

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Mark D. Brandyberry, Senior Research Scientist and CIO
Award Amount: $99,116.00
Abstract:
Material characterization and volume imaging of as-produced solid propellant grains are important issues in the design process of solid rocket motors. In particular, it is critical that the ballistician have tools that will enable him/her to understand any defects or morphological changes in a grain… More

Novel Alternative Energetic Propellants for Space Propulsion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Purdue University
Principal Investigator: Thomas L. Jackson, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $225,000.00
RI Contact: Purdue University
Abstract:
We propose a comprehensive computational and experimental program to investigate the characteristics and dynamic behavior of novel energetic propellants for space propulsion. Several classes of advanced propellants will be considered. These include "green" propellants (no chlorine) such as GAP/ADN… More

Dynamic Behavior of Nano-sized Particles in Novel Energetic Materials for Space Propulsion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: PURDUE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: William A. Dick, CEO & Managing Member
Award Amount: $99,135.00
RI Contact: Mike Ludwig
Abstract:
We propose a comprehensive computational and experimental program to investigate the charac-teristics and dynamic behavior of nano-size aluminum in novel energetic materials. Two classes of advanced propellants will be considered. The first will be composite propellants, consisting of solids… More

High-Fidelity Simulation of Turbofan Noise

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mark D. Brandyberry, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,975.00
Abstract:
Broadband fan noise ýý closely tied to turbulent flow on and around the fan blades ýý represents a key challenge to the noise reduction community due to the interaction of a highly turbulent flow field with complex, moving geometries. Prediction and high-fidelity simulation of fan noise demands… More

Investigation of Supersonic and Hypersonic Missile Interceptor Base Flows Using an Advanced Computational Framework

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Mark D. Brandyberry, Chief Operating Officer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
A computational investigation of missile interceptor base flows in a supersonic/hypersonic application is proposed. High-fidelity three-dimensional simulations will be conducted using the proprietary framework Rocstar. The computational framework includes a compressible flow solver with advanced LES… More

High-Fidelity Multiphysics Simulations of Nozzle Erosion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: University of Illinois
Principal Investigator: Mark D. Brandyberry, Chief Operating Officer
Award Amount: $99,999.00
RI Contact: Kathy Young
Abstract:
A collaborative effort is proposed between IllinoisRocstar LLC and the University of Illinois to develop and commercialize a computational framework to investigate nozzle erosion in solid-propellant rocket motors (SRM) and tangential instability modes in liquid rocket engines (LRE). For SRM, highly… More

Shock Initiation of Energetic Materials Due to Mesoscale Features

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Mark D. Brandyberry, Chief Operating Officer
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
IllinoisRocstar LLC envisions the initial product of this effort to be a shock-to-detonation module (Rocpack-RocSDT) for inclusion in our insensitive munitions simulation code, IMSIM. IMSIM is a first-generation software product for the simulation of energetic material behavior in insensitive… More

Efficient Quantification of Uncertainties in Complex Computer Code Results

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Illinois
Principal Investigator: William A. Dick, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,992.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
This proposal addresses methods for efficient quantification of margins and uncertainties (QMU) for models that couple multiple, large-scale commercial or proprietary simulation codes, effective methods for treating epistemic uncertainty in large scale simulations, scalability to models with… More

Utilizing Medical Imaging Technology for Generation of Mesoscale Computational Descriptions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Mark D. Brandyberry, Chief Operating Officer
Award Amount: $98,458.00
Abstract:
Abstract

An Advanced Multiphase Solver for Blast Propagation in Dusty Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Mark D. Brandyberry, Chief Operating Officer
Award Amount: $99,960.00
Abstract:
Abstract

Experimental and Computational Program for Slow and Fast Cookoff for Insensitive Munitions Testing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Mark D. Brandyberry, VP and Chief Operating Of – (217) 766-2567
Award Amount: $716,222.00
Abstract:
We propose a Phase II joint experimental and computational program to predict the behavior of heterogeneous energetic materials. Specifically the system will predict the properties and dynamics of their initiation during slow and fast cookoff experiments in fully-instrumented tests cells, allowing… More

Behavior of Minimum Signature Propellants During Impact ITests on Insensitive Munitions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Mark Brandyberry, Chief Operating Officer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Predicting the violent behavior of energetic materials in accident scenarios is an important issue for the analysis of the performance of explosives and solid rocket propellants. We propose a computational program to predict the shock initiation behavior and subsequent energy release that leads to… More

Adaptive, Overset-Mesh Methodology for the Aeroacoustic Prediction of High-Speed Impinging Jets Using Large-Eddy Simulation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mark Brandyberry, Chief Operating Officer
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Impinging supersonic jets can generate intense sound through a resonance phenomena, with tones approaching 15 dB beyond the already-loud baseline noise levels. The source of impinging jet noise, including that created by jet blast deflectors, is broadly the interaction between jet and deflecting… More

Solid Rocket Motor Propellant Characterization and Material Reconstruction Using High Resolution Tomography

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Mark D. Brandyberry, Chief Operating Officer – (217) 766-2567
Award Amount: $740,710.00
Abstract:
We propose to enhance and commercialize software tools for imaging and three-dimensional reconstruction of as-produced propellant grains from micro-tomographic volume-imaging techniques; computational tools that model the morphology of the propellant grain, including first-, second-, and third-order… More

Turbine Trailing Edge Noise Reduction Using Adjoint-Based Shape Optimization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mark Brandyberry, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,989.00
Abstract:
There are a number of noise sources on a typical wind turbine, including tower-blade interaction, gust-induced noise, trailing edge noise, and power train noise. Significant improvements in noise reduction and/or noise isolation have been made to many of the mechanical and tonal noise sources, but… More

Efficient Quantification of Uncertainties in Complex Computer Code Results

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Principal Investigator: Mark D. Brandyberry, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,999.00
RI Contact: Walter Knorr
Abstract:
Propagation of parameter uncertainties through large computer models can be very resource intensive. Frameworks and tools for uncertainty quantification are generally geared to individual codes, are research codes, or are single-purpose tools such as LHS matrix generators. The… More

A Modeling/Experimental Program for Nano-Energetic Particles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Mark D. Brandyberry, Chief Operating Officer – (217) 766-2567
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
An engineering computational model is proposed to investigate ignition, combustion and performance of nano-energetic particles in a variety of oxidizing environments, including those found in rockets and air breathing propulsion devices. The computational model will include appropriate models for… More

Weapons System Flow Separation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Mark D. Brandyberry, Chief Operating Officer – (217) 766-2567
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
We propose a collaborative effort between IllinoisRocstar LLC and the University of Illinois to develop validated computional tools to assess flow separation in advanced weapon systems. The initial application of the simulation system will be an aft-end jet thruster in a supersonic regime.… More

Shock Initiation of Energetic Materials Due to Mesoscale Features

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Mark D. Brandyberry, Chief Operating Officer – (217) 766-2567
Award Amount: $749,997.00
Abstract:
IllinoisRocstar LLC will develop, validate, and commercialize computational tools that predict the shock sensitivity of energetic materials as a function of their formulations. Specifically we will (i) use our novel packing code, Rocpack, to generate morphologies of interest for shock sensitivity… More

Advanced Particulate Sub-Models for Rocket Motor Exhaust Plumes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Bono Wasistho, CFD Lead&Principal Res Scientist – (256) 542-8123
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
IllinoisRocstar LLC will develop and commercialize an innovative multiscale computational framework that predicts the behavior of aluminum particles as they evolve from the grain surface, combust, pass through the nozzle, and into the plume exhaust. Based on high-fidelity, physics-based simulations… More

A Modeling/Experimental Program for Nano-Energetic Particles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Mark D. Brandyberry, Chief Operating Officer – (217) 766-2567
Award Amount: $726,739.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: An engineering computational simulation tool based on the shrinking core model of nanoparticle combustion is proposed to investigate ignition, combustion and performance of nano-energetic particles in a variety of oxidizing environments, including those found in rockets and air breathing… More

Infrastructure for Multiphysics Software Integration in High Performance Computing-Aided Science and Engineering

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Michael Campbell, Mr.
Award Amount: $149,956.00
Abstract:
Many of todays most challenging problems in science and engineering involve multiple, complex, coupled physical systems requiring advanced modeling techniques. These often involve combustion or other sources of energy release, fluid-structure interaction (FSI), computational fluid dynamics (CFD) or… More

Field Assessment of Materials for Use in Ultra-High-Performance Concrete

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Purdue University
Principal Investigator: Mark D. Brandyberry, Chief Operating Officer – (217) 766-2567
Award Amount: $149,906.00
RI Contact: Bev Johnson
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: IllinoisRocstar LLC and Purdue University propose a framework that enables field assessment of particle size and shape for use in ultra-high performance concrete. We will implement portable scanning approaches for particle size measurement and combine this with high performance computer… More

Comprehensive Simulation Lifecycle Management for High Performance Computing Modeling and Simulation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mark D. Brandyberry, COO&Sr Research Scientist
Award Amount: $124,990.00
Abstract:
There are significant logistical barriers to entry-level high performance computing (HPC) modeling and simulation (M & S) users. Performing large-scale, massively parallel computations on modern supercomputing platforms is a very challenging task in and of itself. It requires huge amounts of… More

Modeling and Optimizing Turbines for Unsteady Flow

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: University of Cincinnati
Principal Investigator: Bono Wasistho, Principal Research Scientist – (256) 542-8123
Award Amount: $99,999.00
RI Contact: Diane Sparks
Abstract:
We propose a combined modeling and experimental program to analyze and optimize a turbine behind a pulse detonation combustor/engine (PDC/PDE). In Phase I, a discontinuous-Galerkin, harmonic balance code from the University of Cincinnati (UC) will be impl

Large Eddy Simulations of Acoustic Combustion Phenomena Inherent to Gas Turbine Engines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bono Wasistho, Principal Research Scientist – (256) 542-8123
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Development, implementation and validation of a computational model to simulate combustion processes coupled with acoustic phenomena is critical to quantitatively predict acoustic waves inherent to gas turbine engines, i.e. screech and rumble. For a rigorous high-fidelity numerical model… More

Development of Adaptive Vorticity Confinement Based CFD Methodology for Rotorcraft Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Bono Wasistho, CFD Group Lead – (256) 542-8123
Award Amount: $79,996.00
Abstract:
The accurate representation of the rotor wake, especially the tip vortex structure, in a computationally efficient and algorithmically straight forward way is crucial for prediction of rotor aerodynamic performance, noise emission, and rotor structural dynamics. A promising approach for design and… More