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Distributed Conformal Actuation for Simultaneously Controlling Flow Separation…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
90117
Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F08A-007-0352
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ENVIRONMENTAL ROBOTS, INC.
909 Virginia Avenue, Suite 205 Albuquerque, NM 87108
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Distributed Conformal Actuation for Simultaneously Controlling Flow Separation and Transition
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-09-C-0042
Award Amount: $99,935.00
 

Abstract:

The objective of the proposed research is the demonstration of an optimized, planar-constrained Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite (IPMC) under the influence of a low, O(10V), voltage signal as a conformal surface capable of actuation of a laminar/transitional boundary layer for the goals of transition and/or separation control. The material will be modeled using standard techniques for analyzing a stiff compressed film on a soft substrate, with the particular strain characteristics of the actuated IPMC. We will investigate the feasibility of switching the surface boundary condition from rough to smooth on demand (with low power input) to enhance linear instability and/or transient growth mechanisms or use transient growth modes to alter the base flow sufficiently to suppress linear mechanisms (in potential Phase II work). The proposal has been assembled by a team capable of developing IPMC in the new configuration and demonstrating the characteristics that make it a feasible material for conformal actuation in Phase I research, and identifying and testing suitable fluid mechanisms and commercialization in future phases.

Principal Investigator:

Beverley J. McKeon
Assitant Professor
6263954460
mckeon@caltech.edu

Business Contact:

Jamie Farahmand
President and Treaurer
5052654479
jamie@environmental-robots.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ENVIRONMENTAL ROBOTS, INC.
909 Virginia Avenue, Suite 205 Albuquerque, NM 87108

EIN/Tax ID: 850392726
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
1200 E. California Blvd, MC 20
795-4571
Pasadena, CA 91125
Contact: Lisa Miller
Contact Phone: (626) 395-3339
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university