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Cost Effective On Demand Flow Control Shape Memory Alloy Actuators

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
57170
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
000749
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Continuum Dynamics, Inc.
34 Lexington Avenue Ewing, NJ 08618-2302
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Cost Effective On Demand Flow Control Shape Memory Alloy Actuators
Agency: NASA
Contract: NAS1-02060
Award Amount: $599,862.00
 

Abstract:

The development of new, active flow control devices will be critical to meeting the NASA Aerospace Technology Enterprise goals of reducing air travel costs by 25% in 10 years and 50% in 25 years. Continuum Dynamics, Inc. (CDI) proposes the development of a new ¿pop-up¿ vortex generator (PUVG) concept which will eliminate cruise and off-design drag penalties of conventional vortex generators through flush surface stowage and deliver the proven flow control of traditional vortex and micro-vortex generators when deployed. Key in the development of this new flow control device is the application of Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) technologies developed at CDI which allow: device stowage conforming to the application mold line; minimum power requirements through self-locking actuation; low weight and simplicity through elimination of bulky mechanical actuation; the potential for selective deployment optimization based on vehicle operating conditions; and the potential for retrofit on existing aircraft systems. The proposed Phase I effort will carry out the conceptual design, fabrication and experimental studies demonstrating ¿proof of concept,¿ which can then be carried to Phase II/III product development. PUVGs offer the building blocks for a distributed flow control system with the potential to optimize aircraft performance in critical flight conditions.

Principal Investigator:

Alan J. Bilanin
Senior Associate
6095380444
alan@cdiprinceton.com

Business Contact:

Barbara A. Agans
Administrator
6095380444
alan@cdiprinceton.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Continuum Dynamics, Inc.
34 Lexington Avenue Ewing, NJ 08618

EIN/Tax ID: 222248930
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No