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Tools for Analyzing Flutter in the Presence of Aeroelastic Uncertainty

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
82340
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-354-2185
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Barron Associates, Inc.
1410 Sachem Place Suite 202 Charlottesville, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Tools for Analyzing Flutter in the Presence of Aeroelastic Uncertainty
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9302-08-C-0004
Award Amount: $599,999.00
 

Abstract:

The potentially catastrophic results of entering the flutter regime mean that flutter flight testing of aircraft carries significant risk, and accurate predictions of flutter behavior are highly valuable. Recent advances have yielded aeroelastic models that are quite accurate, but these models are highly complex and very computationally intensive. Using these models to analyze uncertainty has thus been difficult, and the impact of uncertainty on quantities of interest, such as the probability of flutter, is not well understood. New tools are needed to provide the desired understanding of the impact of uncertainty on flutter behavior. The proposed Phase II research will develop the needed analysis tools based on a generalized polynomial chaos (gPC) representation of uncertainty. The team will leverage recent advances in reduced-order modeling approaches, which provide improved accuracy, and will develop an efficient experimental design methodology for characterizing how uncertainty propagates from underlying sources in the high-fidelity simulation to the reduced-order models. After reduced-order models that characterize uncertainty have been developed, outputs of interest such as probabilistic flutter bounds can be readily characterized, and sensitivity to specific uncertainties can be quantified. The ultimate result of the research will be an efficient testing methodology that minimizes risk.

Principal Investigator:

Alec J. Bateman
Sr. Research Scientist
4349731215
bateman@bainet.com

Business Contact:

Connie R. Hoover
General Manager
4349731215
barron@bainet.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

BARRON ASSOC., INC.
1410 Sachem Place Suite 202 Charlottesville, VA 22901

EIN/Tax ID: 541243694
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No