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Aircraft Drag Reduction Using a MEMS-Based Flow Control Device

Award Information

Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
1994 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Nielsen Engineering & Research, Inc.
605 Ellis Street, Suite 200 Mountain View, CA 94043
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1994
Title: Aircraft Drag Reduction Using a MEMS-Based Flow Control Device
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $60,000.00


Drag reduction via active control of wing boundary layers will result in substantial performance and range improvements for both military and commercial aircraft. The increased efficiency will reduce costs in both sectors and increase profitability of commercial operations. Key to the success of an active control system is the development of a um scale flow control device suitable for implementing whatever control algorithms show best rag reduction results. Nielsen Engineering proposes to design, fabricate and demonstrate such a device. It will produce a general three velocity component control signal without need for surface deformation or deployment of suxiliary micro-flaps. The device will be fabricated using MEMS technology, and consideration will be given to identifying current capability deficiencies in available MEMS components as well as integration issues associated with construction and operation of arrays of these devices.

Principal Investigator:

Dr Laurence R Keefe

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Small Business Information at Submission:

Neilsen Engineering &
526 Clyde Ave Mountain View, CA 94043

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