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Fusion of a Real-time Analytical Model with Facility Control Systems

Award Information

Department of Defense
Air Force
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF 09TT16
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Streamline Automation, LLC
3100 Fresh Way SW Huntsville, AL 35805-6720
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Fusion of a Real-time Analytical Model with Facility Control Systems
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-10-C-0137
Award Amount: $99,953.00


AEDC personnel have developed and demonstrated the effectiveness of coupling a control volume model with a wind tunnel control system. The performance of the model was hampered because parameters of the model were assumed to be constant, when they are likely variables. A method for using facility data to determine functional relationships defining these parameters would allow them to vary during hardware in the loop testing and likely improve the results produced by the model. A framework is needed that is flexible enough to be utilized on different wind tunnels that will perform data fusion to tune system model parameters. Streamline Automation and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville propose to utilize our Intelligent Data Extraction Algorithm to process and fuse data captured from multiple sensors during operations of a wind tunnel facility. The algorithm will then be used to tune the model parameters for use in hardware in the loop testing. During the Phase 1 project, the team will develop and test the algorithm for use on the SIUE wind tunnel. During Phase 2, the team will apply the methodology to an Air Force wind tunnel facility. BENEFIT: There are several high-performance wind tunnel facilities at AEDC that can benefit directly from the technology proposed herein. It will enable data that is difficult to measure directly to be extracted to from the measured data. This data can be used to determine relationships between cause and effect that will improve the fidelity of facility models and improve hardware in the loop testing. The technology can be utilized directly at other wind tunnel facilities, including those at NASA and at universities.

Principal Investigator:

Alton Reich
Lead Engineer

Business Contact:

Alton Reich
Lead Engineer
Small Business Information at Submission:

Streamline Automation, LLC
3100 Fresh Way SW Huntsville, AL 35805

EIN/Tax ID: 223885097
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Southern Illinois University Edward
Rendleman Hall
Box 1046
Edwardsville, IL 62026
Contact: Stephen Hansen
Contact Phone: 6186503010