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Computational Modeling of Flow Control Systems for Aerospace Vehicles

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2004 / SBIR
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Clear Science Corp.
PO Box 233 663 Owego Hill Road Harford, NY -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Computational Modeling of Flow Control Systems for Aerospace Vehicles
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNL04AB20P
Award Amount: $69,994.00


Clear Science Corp. proposes to develop computational methods for designing active flow control systems on aerospace vehicles with the primary objective of controlling lift, drag, and flow separation. Simulated control inputs will include moving boundaries for aerodynamic shaping and aspirating walls for virtual shaping and separation control. The software will include model order reduction, system state estimation, integration of low-dimensional models and estimators with high-order CFD-based models for control-in-the-loop simulations, and the integration of turbulence models with control models. CSC is developing reduced-order flow control models for laminar, incompressible flow based on a proper orthogonal decomposition of the primitive flow variables, and we will extend the methods to compressible formulations with conserved variables and turbulence models. We will develop and demonstrate our computational methods using LaRC's CFD code, CFL3D. Control models and estimators will be modular in the form of both embedded and pre-processing subroutines, enabling off-line and in-the-loop control design and testing. The project will include the application of modeling and estimation techniques to moving-mesh problems for control simulations with time-dependent system disturbances (e.g. changing angles of attack) and wing warping control input. Phase I work includes a demonstration of the technical merit of the tool and the development of a detailed Phase II work plan.

Principal Investigator:

Henry Carlson
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Henry Carlson
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Clear Science Corporation
663 Owego Hill Road Harford, NY 13784

EIN/Tax ID: 161603092
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No