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Innovative Blade Design Concepts for Highly Maneuverable Rotors

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
20521
Program Year/Program:
1993 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
20521
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SATCON APPLIED TECHNOLOGY, INC.
1745A West Nursery Rd MS4018 Li, MD -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1993
Title: Innovative Blade Design Concepts for Highly Maneuverable Rotors
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,994.00
 

Abstract:

Future military rotorcraft will require significant increase in maneuverability and handling qualities with low detectability for air-to-air combat and nap of the earth operations. SatCon Technology Corporation proposes to develop innovative blade design concepts using smart material/structures to meet this requirement by substantially enhancing the maneuver capability of the rotor. These concepts, consisting of piezoelectric, electro-strictive, magnetostrictive and other advanced actuators integrated into the blade design, would allow individual control of the rotor blades. This approach will improve operability by improving maneuverability, agility, and speed; improve supportability by increasing reliability; and improve survivability by decreasing signature (noise and vibration). Phase I will identify and compare advanced and innovative blade design concepts using smart materials/structures which enhance the maneuver capability without performance and weight penalties. The most promising concepts which are representative of current future technology will be traded-off considering both benefits and disadvantages in terms of attributes such as rotor performance, weight, and complexity. In Phase II additional evaluation of the most promising concepts will be performed to verify benefits and disadvantages. A 10-ft. diameter scale model of the most promising concept will be fabricated and tested to validate the theoretical predictions.

Principal Investigator:

Richard L. Hockney
6176610540

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Sat-con Technology Corp
12 Emily Street Cambridge, MA 02139

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No