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Micro Air Vehicle(MAV) Flight Data Sensors for Practical Flow Control

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
82241
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-261-0236
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
AVIONICS SPECIALTIES, INC.
PO Box 6400 Charlottesville, VA 22906 6400
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Micro Air Vehicle(MAV) Flight Data Sensors for Practical Flow Control
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-07-M-3738
Award Amount: $97,265.00
 

Abstract:

The proposal investigates the use of an array of MEMS based artificial hair cell sensors (AHC) for flow detection. The output from the AHC array is processed through an artificial neural network (ANN) to perform airflow diagnostics and compute air data parameters. The proposed air data system uses artificial hair cell sensors as the primary air data source, mimicking the functionality of the hair cells on insect wings. Like the hair cell arrays on insect wings, an array of artificial hair cells will be used to detect the airflow on the MAV lifting surfaces. Similar to a biological nervous system, the raw signals of the AHC array are processed by the ANN to compute freestream dynamic pressure, angle of attack, and angle of sideslip. Together with the static reference pressure from a miniature pressure sensor, the complete set of air data parameters can be computed from this data. Due to its architecture, the proposed ADS will also be capable of detecting the development of laminar separation bubbles on the lifting surfaces and to provide suitable output for the operational flight program to suppress or preclude the development of an LSB.

Principal Investigator:

Frank H. Gern
Manager, New Product Development
4349733311
fgern@avspec.com

Business Contact:

Jim Clark
Contracts Manager
4349733311
jclark@avspec.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

AVIONICS SPECIALTIES, INC.
PO Box 6400 Charlottesville, VA 22906

EIN/Tax ID: 541648275
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No