Adaptive Structures for Micro Munition Platforms
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
The U.S. Air Force has significant interest in the development of adaptive structures for micro munition platforms. However, power, mass and cost constraints significantly limits the applicability of existing adaptive structure concepts for these smaller platforms. To address these challenges, CTD is proposing the use of solid-state, electrically-driven actuators that require minimal power and are capable of high actuation rates (>10 Hz). The proposed approach is based on the use of these actuators in combination with CTDs existing morphing wing-skin technology providing increased wing-morphing functionality. If successful, the proposed technology would eliminate the need for traditional flight control devices such as ailerons. The proposed Phase II plan will further optimize the technology demonstrated in Phase I, culminating in in-flight wing-morphing demonstration at the conclusion of Phase II. BENEFITS: It is anticipated that the developments undertaken will enable further development of morphing wing-skins for micro munition and unmanned air vehicle platforms (UAV). Ultimately, it is anticipated that the proposed technology will better position the integration of morphing technology into the defense and commercial UAV markets.
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