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Reduction of Structural Mode Interaction for FSC/Structural Design Integration

Award Information

Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
1995 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Stirling Dynamics Incorporated
4030 Lake Washington Blvd NE Suite 205 Kirkland, WA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1995
Title: Reduction of Structural Mode Interaction for FSC/Structural Design Integration
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $80,000.00


The proposed SBIR project is to carry out research into a novel way of reducing the degree of structural mode interaction between a flight control system and the airframe vibration modes. This can be a severe problem in high performance military or civil aircraft with high gain feedbacks in the system. The conventional approach to this problem is to use notch filters, but the resulting additional phase lags can give rise to difficulties in meeting the low frequency pilot handling quality requirements. The proposal describes the concept for a novel approach to the problem that could lead to a significant advance in treatment of structural mode interaction, without the adverse effects on handling qualities. The proposed work program is to conduct a theoretical evaluation using representative aircraft data, including an assessment of the robustness of the approach with data uncertainties. An initial specification and design of a laboratory test rig is planned, which would be used for a practical evaluation of the techniques in a Phase II program. The technology and algorithms resulting from research into the concept should form a product that can be exploited commercially.

Principal Investigator:

Robert Stirling

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Stirling Dynamics, Inc.
7675 Perimeter Road S Suite 200 Seattle, WA 98109

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