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Novel Experimental and Numerical Methods for the Aeromechanical Design of…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
77874
Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F064-021-0260
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 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Novel Experimental and Numerical Methods for the Aeromechanical Design of Flapping Wing Hovering MAVs
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-06-C-0086
Award Amount: $99,935.00
 

Abstract:

Recent developments have made clear the strong potential of Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) for a wide range of surveillance and tactical reconnaissance functions, particularly if the challenging but critical hovering capability can be achieved. Implementation of a practical hovering air vehicle at very small scales, however, requires breakthroughs in understanding of the complex flow environment of such vehicles as well as development of practical design and analysis tools for this regime. The proposed effort will support these objectives by advancing the fundamental understanding of the relationship between wing kinematics and forces - including low Re and wing flexibility effects - with the ultimate goal of developing aerodynamic/aeroelastic models for use in simulation and design. This will permit generation of viable aerodynamic flight control schemes for flapping wing MAVs operating in gusty conditions. The effort will build on mutually supporting capabilities of the team members, and will feature application of a suite of both established and evolving computational modeling tools for complex vortex-dominated flows at low Re as well as use of advanced experimental methods for flow diagnostics and aeroelastically scaled models. The project will also leverage a strong foundation of experience in support of design software for vertical flight vehicles.

Principal Investigator:

Glen R. Whitehouse
Associate
6095380444
glen@continuum-dynamics.com

Business Contact:

Barbara A. Agans
Administrator
6095380444
barbara@continuum-dynamics.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
Research Institution Information:
NEW MEXICO STATE UNIV.
P.O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Contact: James Allen
Contact Phone: (505) 646-6546
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university