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High Temperature Shape Memory Alloy Technology for Inlet Flow Control

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
87976
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
074990
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Continuum Dynamics, Inc.
34 Lexington Avenue Ewing, NJ -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: High Temperature Shape Memory Alloy Technology for Inlet Flow Control
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX09CA29C
Award Amount: $599,765.00
 

Abstract:

Recent advances in propulsion, aerodynamic, and noise technologies have led to a revived interest in supersonic cruise aircraft; however, achieving economic viability for these vehicles requires dramatic improvements in cruise efficiency. Optimization of inlet performance offers a potent method for achieving this goal, and a range of conceptual flow control systems are available to address critical problems like blockage, boundary layer bleed, duct length, and flow distortion. By exploiting High Temperature Smart Memory Alloy (HTSMA) technologies, these concepts can be mechanized into robust, compact and lightweight devices, enabling actuators suitable integration into the inlets of supersonic aircraft. The proposed effort leverages prior successful development of solid state smart structures by the investigators in developing of small scale surface-mounted flow control devices as well as large scale actuation systems for inlet ramp mechanisms actuated via HTSMA technology. The proposed Phase II will build upon the Phase I proof of concept study to further develop a fully integrated active supersonic inlet system, including active inlet ramp and deployable flow control devices, as well as the aero/thermo/structural analysis models required to design such systems and subcomponents. In addition, Phase II will be the continued refinement and characterization of actuator-ready HTSMAs.

Principal Investigator:

Todd R. Quackenbush
Principal Investigator
6095380444
todd@continuum-dynamics.com

Business Contact:

Barbara A. Agans
Business Official
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