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Company Information:

Name: SIERRA ENGINEERING, INC.
Address: 603 East Robinson Street
Suite 7
Carson City, NV
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
URL: N/A
Phone: (775) 888-9122

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $789,638.00 10
SBIR Phase II $5,319,085.00 7
STTR Phase I $369,706.00 5
STTR Phase II $1,349,637.00 2

Award List:

Emission Reduction through Chemical Kinetic Modeling of Real Engine Effects (REE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Curtis Johnson
Award Amount: $649,000.00

Advanced Materials and Cooling Schemes for Rocket Engine Combustion Chambers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeffery Muss, PhD, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
We will produce and test a flight-type transpiration cooled combustion chamber for high performance, reusable, liquid rocket engines utilizing a novel uniform pore material. The Sierra Engineering design produces a durable, low cost, flight-weighttranspiration cooled liner with integral fluid… More

Advanced Materials and Cooling Schemes for Rocket Engine Combustion Chambers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeffery Muss, PhD, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $1,070,228.00
Abstract:
We will produce and test a flight-type transpiration cooled combustion chamber for high performance, reusable, liquid rocket engines utilizing a novel uniform pore material. The Sierra Engineering design produces a durable, low cost, flight-weighttranspiration cooled liner with integral fluid… More

A Compact, Transportable JP-8 Reformer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Daniel A. Greisen, Senior Staff
Award Amount: $69,992.00
Abstract:
"Highly efficient, high energy density electrical generation systems are needed for ground based assets. Fuel cell electrical generation systems provide high efficiency, low emissions, and low thermal signatures. A cost effective, transportable reformersystem, providing hydrogen, while using a… More

Non-Axisymmetric Infrared Plume Tomography for Rocket Plume Species and Temperature Distributions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Cal Poly State University Foundation
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Muss
Award Amount: $99,758.00
RI Contact: Michael Fish
Abstract:
Spatial uniformity within combustion devices, especially circumferential, is extremely important to the reliability and durability of a liquid rocket engine. Conventional combustion diagnostics, e.g. pressure and thrust, characterize global engine behavior, but provide no direct information about… More

PERCORP Enhancement for Improved Soot Modeling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Scott M. Palmer, Engineering Staff
Award Amount: $69,981.00
Abstract:
PERCORP is a program that accurately predicts the exhaust constituents, including soot, in liquid propellant rocket engines. It was developed by Sierra Engineering Inc. (Sierra) for the Plume Phenomenology group (PRSA) at AFRL. In the last year PERCORPhas been enhanced as part of an MDA Phase II… More

Thermal Decomposer for Peroxide

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: JAMES L. BATES
Principal Investigator: Curtis Johnson, President
Award Amount: $69,976.00
RI Contact: James L. Bates
Abstract:
Sierra Engineering Inc. (Sierra) proposes to perform the fundamental research necessary to understand the thermal decomposition kinetics of High Test Peroxide (HTP) and its interactions with common stabilizers, in order to produce a practical thermaldecomposer. The utilization of HTP as rocket… More

Advanced Injector Designs for Hydrocarbon Liquid Rocket Engine Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey A. Muss, Senior Staff
Award Amount: $99,959.00
Abstract:
Combustion instability is one of the greatest development risks for liquid propellant engines. The risks arise in development of a stable injector design from a variety of sources - limited modelling capabilities, poor scalability and the high cost ofappropriate component test facilities. Sierra… More

PERCORP Enhancement for Improved Soot Modeling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Scott M. Palmer, Project Manager
Award Amount: $499,946.00
Abstract:
This effort will improve plume signature prediction of hydrocarbon burning liquid rocket engines by increasing the fidelity of the soot production models used to predict exhaust conditions. The new models will include improved kinetic mechanisms as well as prediction of soot particle size, shape… More

Application of RSM and Optimization to Plume Signature Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Scott M. Palmer, Engineer
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
We propose using response surface methodology (RSM) as a tool to better understand the effects of engine design parameters and operating conditions on plume signature, and to improve signature predictions through optimized selection of analysis inputs. Often rocket engine operating conditions and… More

Advanced Injector Designs for Hydrocarbon Liquid Rocket Engine Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey A. Muss, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $749,986.00
Abstract:
Combustion instability is one of the greatest development risks for liquid propellant engines. In developing a stable injector design, the risks arise from a variety of sources - limited modeling capabilities, poor scalability and the high cost of appropriate component test facilities. Sierra… More

Thermal Decomposer for Peroxide

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: Office of Sponsored Programs
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey A. Muss, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $0.00
RI Contact: James L. Bates
Abstract:
The utilization of High Test Hydrogen Peroxide (HTP) as military propellant can be greatly simplified by replacing the classical catalyst bed with a novel thermal decomposer. A thermal peroxide decomposition system offers the potential to enhance the operability and system safety margin of peroxide… More

Triaxial Swirler Liquid Injector Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Daniel A. Greisen
Award Amount: $69,960.00
Abstract:
Sierra Engineering Inc. (Sierra) believes that the subject triaxial liquid propellant swirl injector has the potential to meet many of NASA's Earth-to-Orbit (ETO) propulsion systems goals. The triaxial swirl injector is ideally suited to a wide range of liquid oxidizers and fuels, including hydrogen… More

Rocket Combustor Validation Data for Advanced Combustion Models

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Purdue University, Sponsored Program Services
Principal Investigator: Daniel A. Greisen
Award Amount: $99,977.00
RI Contact: William Anderson
Abstract:
The pace and cost of developing an engine system for future explorations is strongly influenced by the inadequacies of design tools and the supporting databases. The inability to predict the internal operating environments of a combustion chamber during the design process necessitates design… More

Triaxial Swirler Liquid Injector Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Daniel A. Greisen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,986.00
Abstract:
Sierra Engineering Inc. (Sierra) believes that the subject triaxial liquid propellant swirl injector has the potential to meet many of NASA's Earth-to-Orbit (ETO) propulsion systems goals. The triaxial swirl injector is ideally suited to a wide range of liquid oxidizers and fuels, including hydrogen… More

Plume Diagnostics for Combustion Stability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Purdue University, Sponsored Program Services
Principal Investigator: Curtis W. Johnson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,995.00
RI Contact: Rebecca White
Abstract:
Sierra Engineering and Purdue University propose to leverage combustion stability testing, already funded and planned for the second and third quarters of next year at Purdue, by developing a non-intrusive plume instrument capable of detecting combustion instability and testing it during combustor… More

Plume Diagnostics for Combustion Stability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Purdue University, Sponsored Program Services
Principal Investigator: Curtis W. Johnson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,998.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
Sierra Engineering Inc. and Purdue University propose to develop a non-intrusive plume instrument capable of detecting and diagnosing combustion instability. This Stability Diagnostic System (SDS) will be designed, assembled, and tested during this effort. The SDS will include a high-speed video… More

Resonance Igniter for Rocket Engine Ignition

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey A. Muss, Senior Staff
Award Amount: $99,971.00
Abstract:
The goal of this SBIR is the design and demonstration of an opposed flow acoustic resonance igniter concept that can be applied to a range of rocket propellant combinations. Along with the hardware demonstration, we plan to exercise the analytical tools necessary to model the transient ignition… More

Advanced Combustion Stability Analysis Tools for Ox-rich Preburners

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey A. Muss, Corporate President
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
The goal of this SBIR is the enhancement of the current state-of-the-art combustion instability analysis tools. The planned enhancement is focused on capturing the effects of injection element distribution and the inclusion of substantial film cooling and diluent injection. These characteristics are… More

Improved Ballistics, Acoustics and Combustion Stability Modeling for Solid Rocket Motors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Muss, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,861.00
Abstract:
A new, improved fidelity solid rocket ballistics model will be built on a commercial CFD platform. The CFD platform includes a coupled solid mechanics solver, allowing for tight coupling between the grain burnback and the motor gas dynamics. An aero-acoustic component of the platform will be used to… More

Improved Thrust Termination Modeling for Solid Rocket Motors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Daniel A. Greisen, Senior Staff II – (916) 363-2996
Award Amount: $99,917.00
Abstract:
To improve the predictive capabilities of solid rocket motor end-of-burn phenomena, two analysis tools will be further developed. An existing engineering tool will go through continued development and validation, while an existing solid rocket ballistics model, built and demonstrated within a… More

Improved Ballistics, Acoustics and Combustion Stability Modeling for Solid Rocket Motors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Muss, Sr Staff I / Corp Pres – (916) 363-6161
Award Amount: $749,948.00
Abstract:
A new, improved fidelity solid rocket ballistics model is being built on a commercial CFD platform. The CFD platform includes a coupled solid mechanics solver, allowing for tight coupling between the grain burnback and the motor gas dynamics. An aeroacoustic component of the platform will be used to… More

Improved Thrust Termination Modeling for Solid Rocket Motors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Daniel Greisen, Sr Staff II / Corporate T – (916) 363-2996
Award Amount: $999,991.00
Abstract:
This effort addresses the need for a predictive model which characterizes the motor ejecta from thrust terminated and burn-to-depletion solid rocket motors. Two models will be developed: an engineering model that provides near term predictive capability and a high fidelity model which will provide… More