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Advanced Actuator Systems for Separation Control

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
40970
Program Year/Program:
1998 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
40970
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
High Technology Corporation
28 Research Drive Hampton, VA 23666
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1998
Title: Advanced Actuator Systems for Separation Control
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

The development of actuators suitable for boundary-layer separation control is proposed. The Phase I effort focuses on the analysis, design, fabrication, and benchtop testing of prototype systems. The actuators will generate disturbances that are large enough to significantly influence the performance of a high-lift system but will be energy efficient and small enough so that multiple actuators can be imbedded in an airfoil. A follow-on Phase II study will incorporat the best actuators into a high-lift airfoil system for detailed wind tunnel tests. The significance of this modular actuator subsystem is that it has the potential to be incorporated into the design of high-lift systems, ultimately leading to real-time separation control. Recent research has shown that various actuator types are capable of successfully achieving boundary-layer control, yet such actuators are currently impractical for larger-scale implementation. The approach here is innovative in the application of advanced piezoelectric technology. The proposed system may be applied to the design of virtually any fluid system that endeavors to either prevent separation or promote mixing, such as airfoils, nozzles, and diffusers.

Principal Investigator:

Louis N. Cattafesta, Iii
7578650818

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Small Business Information at Submission:

HIGH TECHNOLOGY CORP.
28 RESEARCH DRIVE Hampton, VA 23666

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Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No