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Company Information:

Company Name: ZONA Technology, Inc.
City: Scottsdale
State: AZ
Zip+4: 85258-4578
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (480) 945-9988

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $3,413,169.00 36
SBIR Phase II $10,855,624.00 18
STTR Phase I $1,198,775.00 13
STTR Phase II $4,691,242.00 7

Award List:

Aeroelastic/Aeroservoelastic Tailoring for Hinge Moment Minimization of Missile Fins

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ping Chih Chen
Award Amount: $69,522.00
Abstract:
The primary objective of the present SBIR proposal is to develop a new design methodology and applying it to demonstrate the feasibility of rendering minimized missile fin hinge moment covering all possible critical flight conditions while satisfying maneuverability requirements by passive or… More

A Variable Stiffness Spar (VSS) Approach for Aircraft Maneuver Enhancement

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ping Chih Chen
Award Amount: $99,812.00
Abstract:
An innovative variable stiffness spar (VSS) approach is proposed for the enhancement of aircraft roll performance. F/A-18 pre-roll-modification aircraft (F/A-18 PRM) is selected as the baseline aircraft for its low torsional wing stiffness and available baseline data. The F/A-18 PRM, when… More

CFD/CSD Interfacing via an Innovative Structural Boundary Element Method

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $68,337.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ping Chih Chen
Award Amount: $600,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $597,292.00

Adaptive Reconfigurable Control Based on a Reduced Order System Identification for Flutter and Aeroservoelastic Instability Suppression

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Changho Nam
Award Amount: $69,779.00
Abstract:
Not Available Axial and divert motors and nozzles require complex shapes which are light weight, strong and shock resistant at high temperatures. Carbon-carbon (C-C) is an ideal material for this application and can be formed into net shape components at low cost. Heretofore, C-C has been limited… More

Formulation and Application of a Stochastic Fatigue Damage Accumulation Model for the Acoustic Response of Buckled Composite Panels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ping chih chen
Award Amount: $84,557.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ping Chih Chen
Award Amount: $562,068.00

Nonlinear Reduced Order Modeling of Limit Cycle Oscillations of Aircraft Wiings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Duke University
Principal Investigator: Ping Chih Chen
Award Amount: $99,893.00
RI Contact: N/A

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Changho Nam, Engineering Specialist
Award Amount: $69,554.00

Fatigue Life of Composite Structures in Extreme Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ping Chih Chen, Vice President
Award Amount: $749,839.00
Abstract:
The phase II objective is to develop a general design/analysis methodology as a design tool to predict the dynamic responses and fatigue life of composite structures in high thermal gradient and under high acoustic loading for new generation hypersonicflight vehicles and propulsion system… More

Integrated Hypersonic Aerothermoelastic Methodology for TAV/TPS Structural Design and Optimization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Danny Liu, President
Award Amount: $99,659.00
Abstract:
Current Trans-Atmospheric Vehicle (TAV) design requires Aerothermoelastic analysis to ascertain the TAV/TPS (thermal protection system) structural integrity in extreme hypersonic environments. A comprehensive aerothermoelastic software system requires ahigh-fidelity hypersonic unsteady aerodynamics… More

A Comprehensive Rapid-Assessment-of- Flutter/Ejection-Loads (RAFEL) Software System for Aircraft /Store Compatibility

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ping Chih Chen, Vice President
Award Amount: $99,719.00
Abstract:
For aircraft /store compatibility, a comprehensive software system requested by the Air Force for rapid assessment of flutter and ejection loads (RAFEL) poses challenging requirements. With ZAERO aeroelastic software as a base, ZONA can establish a RAFELsystem satisfying all AF's requirements.… More

Nonlinear Reduced Order Modeling of Limit Cycle Oscillations of Aircraft Wiings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: DUKE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Ping Chih Chen
Award Amount: $0.00
RI Contact: Judith Dillon
Abstract:
The Zona technology/Duke University team process a challenging set of tasks to be accomplished in two years time that builds upon the very substantial progress already made in Phase I. Specifically, the 2D, Euler Euations CFD model (developed in Phase I)that uses a harmonic balance solution… More

Gun-Launched Projectile/Arizona Glider (AG) Design Concept as an ERGM and Reusable Launch Munition (RLM) Vehicle

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Danny D. Liu, President
Award Amount: $593,461.00
Abstract:
"The total project objective is to develop a projectile thatextends its range without a rocket motor via optimal oblique-wingaerodynamic gliding. It should weigh about as much as theExtended Range Guided Munition (ERGM), have the same length, mustsurvive the same g-load (~12,500 g's), and have a… More

An Integrated Rapid Assessment of Flutter/Ejection Loads (RAFEL) Software System for Aircraft/Store Compatibility

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ping Chih Chen, Vice President
Award Amount: $748,990.00
Abstract:
Phase I has successfully proven the capability of ZAERO/UAIC the underlying software of RAFEL in capturing all three flutter/LCO cases in transonic flights classified by AF/SEO. In so doing, the transonic module ZTAIC and the g-method of ZAERO areinstrumental in providing the supercritical… More

Integrated Hypersonic Aerothermoelastic Methodology for TAV/TPS Structural Design and Optimization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ping Chih Chen, Vice President
Award Amount: $749,270.00
Abstract:
"In Phase I, ZONA unified hypersonic/supersonic aerodynamic method ZONA7U in the aerothermoelastic software development for TPS/TAV design/analysis, was proven a successful tool through feasibility cases studied in the CKEM body, blunt cones and X-34wing-body. Further upgrade of ZONA7U to a… More

Body-Flexure Control with Smart Actuation for Hypervelocity Missiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Ping Chih Chen, Vice President
Award Amount: $69,883.00
Abstract:
"We take advantage of the flexibility of slender missiles, rather than treating it as an undesirable feature, by using smart structure (PZT) to actuate the CKEM center-body in achieving instant bending through aeroelastic amplification. Thus, the CKEM canbe controlled effectively in… More

Rapid Fatigue Life Projection for Thermal and Acoustic Loads

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: P.c. Chen, Vice President
Award Amount: $99,177.00
Abstract:
"The focus of the proposed effort is on the prediction of the fatigue life of composite panels subjected to thermal effects, inducing buckling, and a strong acoustic excitation which may force the panel to "jump" from one buckled configuration to another.The fatigue life will be estimated through… More

Body-Flexure Control with Smart Actuation for Hypervelocity Missiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Ping Chen, Vice President
Award Amount: $726,096.00
Abstract:
ZONA proposed in Phase I a CKEM central body with body-flexure/PZT control design concept on account of the hypersonic aeroelastic amplification. The merit of the CKEM body-flexure/PZT control, in its design simplicity, lower weight and drag and withfeasible power required, has been confirmed by… More

Unified Gas-Kinetic Computational Algorithm for Continuum and Rarefied Flows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Lei Tang, R & D Engineer
Award Amount: $99,895.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase I project proposes to develop a unified gas-kinetic computational algorithm, which can cover the whole flight regime, including continuum, transitional, and rarefied. The method is not only able to extend current computational aerodynamicand aerothermodynamic methods to a much wider… More

Robust Aeroservoelastic Toolbox for Nonlinear Data-Based Modeling and Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Florida
Principal Investigator: Dario Baldelli
Award Amount: $99,943.00
RI Contact: Danny Liu
Abstract:
ZONA Technology and the University of Florida propose an R&D effort to establish a Robust Aeroservoelastic Toolbox (RASET) with emphasis on nonlinear identification, modeling and analysis. The RASET will serve the next-generation flutterometer. The toolbox augments the current mu-method analysis… More

Design Sensitivities of Response/Fatigue Life of Panels to Thermo-Acoustic Loads

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: P.c. Chen
Award Amount: $69,660.00
Abstract:
The design of the panels of future reusable launch vehicles will represent a particularly challenging task as these structural components will be subjected to some thermal effects, potentially severe random acoustic excitations and will support a complex thermal protection system (TPS). The… More

Design-Oriented Aeroservoelastic ZAERO Capability for 3D Configuration Shape MDO

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Danny Liu, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,593.00
Abstract:
Design-oriented steady and unsteady aerodynamic analysis tools for Aeroelastic / Aeroservoelastic evaluation lag significantly behind other multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) developments for aerospace vehicle design. In almost all MDO studies to date involving configuration shape… More

SBIR Phase I: Highly Accurate Reconstruction Module For Multidisciplinary Computation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Lei Tang
Award Amount: $81,636.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop a highly accurate reconstruction module for Godunov-type schemes to upgrade the capability of current multidisciplinary computational software packages for simulation of a class of engineering problems with small scales and high… More

Design Sensitivities of Response/Fatigue Life of Panels to Thermo-Acoustic Loads

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Scherr, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $597,016.00
Abstract:
Among the critical components of the next generation launch technology (NGLT) is the design of panels and ?integrated panel systems? (panel + support + thermal protection system). Such an effort can be built upon ELSTEP/FAT, an existing ZONA software providing accurate predictions of the response… More

An Automated Design Optimization Tool for Electromagnetic Control of Hypersonic Flow

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Stanford University
Principal Investigator: Lei Tang, CFD Specialist
Award Amount: $99,946.00
RI Contact: Juan J. Alonso
Abstract:
This STTR Phase I project proposes to develop an automated design optimization tool for electromagnetic flow control based on the gas-kinetic BGK scheme and the adjoint optimization method. A non-equilibrium BGK solver will be generalized to explicitly take into account the acceleration and… More

FILM-ID: Package for Identification of Multi-Dimensional Film Coefficient Maps

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Xiaowei Gao, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,905.00
Abstract:
ZONA proposes to investigate a novel family of algorithms designed to solve the boundary condition identification problem (BCIP) to extract accurate multi-dimensional heat transfer coefficient maps that are required for the design of advanced/revolutionary turbomachinery components. ZONA will… More

SBIR Phase I: A Unified Coordinates Approach to Gridless Computation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Lei Tang, PI
Award Amount: $99,792.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I research project will develop an innovative unified coordinates approach to gridless computation. Instead of using the spatially fixed Eulerian coordinate system as in most Computional Fluid Dynamics (CFD) computation, the proposed unified… More

POD/RSM Methodology for Low-Reynolds Number Aerodynamic on MAV

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Danny Liu, President
Award Amount: $99,876.00
Abstract:
ZONA Technology proposes an R&D effort to develop a POD/RSM (Proper Orthogonal Decomposition and Response Surface Method) methodology for the prediction of low-Reynolds number aerodynamics on Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs). By operating on a set of computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solutions computed… More

Model Updating Nonlinear System Identification Toolbox

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dario H. Baldelli
Award Amount: $69,787.00
Abstract:
ZONA Technology proposes to develop an enhanced model updating nonlinear system identification (MUNSID) methodology by adopting the flight data with state-of-the-art control oriented techniques. The end product is a flight data enhanced MUNSID/ZAERO toolbox for accurate predictions of flutter and… More

Practical LPV Modeling and Control Framework for Aeroelastic Morphing UAV

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dario Baldelli, Engineering Specialist
Award Amount: $99,824.00
Abstract:
ZONA Technology proposes an R&D effort to establish a practical modeling and synthesis framework for the control of morphing elastic wing structures. The complex nonlinear dynamic behavior of the UAV during the in-flying morphing process will be approximated by linear parameter-varying, LPV, models… More

Integrated Aero-Servo-Thermo-Populso-Elasticity (ASTPE) for Hypersonic Scramjet Vehicle Design/Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF MARYLAND
Principal Investigator: Danny Liu, President
Award Amount: $99,711.00
RI Contact: Jeff Richardson
Abstract:
The ZONA Team proposes to establish an Aero-Servo-Propulso-Elastic (ASPE) methodology as a conceptual design/analysis tool for the stability and control of a Single Engine Missile (SEM) model, representing a generic hypersonic wave-rider with airbreathing/scramjet engine. With body flexibility… More

Nonlinear Aerodynamics-Structure Time Simulation for HALE Aircraft Design/Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Principal Investigator: Ping-Chih Chen
Award Amount: $99,844.00
RI Contact: Bonnie Beasley
Abstract:
Time simulation of a nonlinear aerodynamics model (NA) developed at Virginia Tech coupled with a nonlinear structure model (NS) is proposed as a design/analysis methodology for highly flexible HALE/morphing aircraft. With this nonlinear aero-structure (NAS) approach, large structure deformations… More

Practical LPV Modeling and Control Framework for Aeroelastic Morphing UAV

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dario Baldelli, R & D Engineering Special
Award Amount: $136,000.00
Abstract:
ZONA Technology proposed in Phase I a modeling and synthesis framework for the control of morphing elastic wing structures. The merit of the novel strategy to control in-flight large-scale geometrical shape changes while maintaining the overall vehicle stability and control, has been confirmed by… More

Model Updating Nonlinear System Identification Toolbox

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dario Baldelli, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,875.00
Abstract:
ZONA Technology (ZONA) proposes to develop an enhanced model updating nonlinear system identification (MUNSID) methodology that utilizes flight data with state-of-the-art control oriented techniques. The MUNSID toolbox augments the current match-point solution approach using the mu-analysis method… More

Continuous Dynamic Simulation of Nonlinear Aerodynamics/Nonlinear Structure Interaction (NANSI) for Morphing Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE
Principal Investigator: Danny Liu, President
Award Amount: $99,898.00
RI Contact: Craig Behrens
Abstract:
ZONA Technology proposes in Phase I to develop a general methodology for the assembly of nonlinear reduced order models of the multiple contracting substructures that will likely provide the morphing of future vehicles. In addition it is proposed to extend the existing 2D… More

Parameter-Varying Estimation Toolbox

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dario Baldelli, Control R & D Engineering Specialis
Award Amount: $99,992.00
Abstract:
ZONA Technology proposes a R&D effort to develop a Parameter-Varying Estimation (PVE) Toolbox that will rapidly evaluate and predict parameters that are required to certify an aircraft during flutter and store clearance expansion programs, as well as during flying qualities flight testing. The ZONA… More

Unified Nonlinear Flight Dynamics and Aeroelastic Simulator Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dario H. Baldelli, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,225.00
Abstract:
ZONA Technology, Inc. (ZONA) proposes a R&D effort to develop a Unified Nonlinear Flight Dynamics and Aeroelastic Simulator (UNFDAS) Tool that will combine proven simulation and visualization techniques to accurately match in-flight recorded dynamic behavior of an air vehicle. ZONA proposes to… More

Integrated Aero-Servo-Thermo-Populso-Elasticity (ASTPE) for Hypersonic Scramjet Vehicle Design/Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF MARYLAND
Principal Investigator: Danny Liu, President
Award Amount: $749,694.00
RI Contact: Jeff Richardson
Abstract:
Conventional air-vehicle designs are subjected to a well-set system/operational requirements. Scramjet-powered vehicle (SPV) design however enters an unprecedented level of multidisciplinary synergy to achieve its operational requirements. Through a convoluted and inverse design strategy for SPV,… More

Parameter-Varying Estimation Toolbox

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dario Baldelli, R&D Control Manager
Award Amount: $511,433.00
Abstract:
ZONA Technology, Inc. (ZONA) proposes a R&D effort to develop a Parameter-Varying Estimation (PVE) Toolbox that will rapidly evaluate and predict parameters that are required to certify an aircraft during flutter envelope and flying qualities programs. The work carried out successfully during the… More

A System Approach using CartEuler-based Nonlinear Aeroelasticity for FP/LCO Analysis and Design of Control Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ping C. Chen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,987.00
Abstract:
The ZONA Team proposes to develop a nonlinear aeroelastic/aeroservoelastic methodology for free-play (FP)/LCO analysis and prediction for aircraft control surfaces at various trim conditions and subjected to gust/pilot commend excitations. In phase I, a CartEuler-based FP/LCO methodology (CEFM) will… More

Adaptive Feedfoward Feedback Control Framework

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dario H. Baldelli, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,936.00
Abstract:
A novel approach is proposed for the suppression of the aircraft's structural vibration to increase the resilience of the flight control law in the presence of the aeroelastic/aeroservoelastic (AE/ASE) interactions. Currently aircrafts with non-adaptive control laws usually include roll-off or notch… More

Nonlinear Aerodynamic ROM-Structural ROM Methodology for Inflatable Aeroelasticity in Hypersonic Atmospheric Entry

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Danny D. Liu, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,972.00
Abstract:
ZONA Technology proposes to develop an innovative nonlinear structural reduced order model (ROM) - nonlinear aerodynamic ROM methodology for the inflatable aeroelasticity of a clamped modeled ballute system. The proposed ROM-ROM methodology tightly couples a nonlinear-FEM based structural ROM with… More

GVT-Based Ground Flutter Test without Wind Tunnel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Arizona State University
Principal Investigator: Ping-Chih Chen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,913.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
ZONA Technology, Inc (ZONA) and Arizona State University (ASU) propose a R&D effort to develop a ground flutter testing system without wind tunnel, called the Dry Wind Tunnel (DWT) system. The DWT system consists of a ground vibration test (GVT) hardware system and a real-time unsteady aerodynamic… More

Continuous Dynamic Simulation of Nonlinear Aerodynamics/Nonlinear Structure Interaction (NANSI) for Morphing Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: ARIZONA STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Danny Liu, President
Award Amount: $742,934.00
RI Contact: Cindy Haverstock
Abstract:
ZONA Team proposes in Phase II to develop a general nonlinear methodology with a new and expedient reduced-order-modeling-based procedure as well as direct numerical simulation capability for nonlinear aeroelastic design/analysis of air-vehicles and MAVs under continuous dynamic morphing The… More

Nonlinear Aerodynamic and Nonlinear Structures Interations (NANSI) Methodology for Ballute/Inflatable Aeroelasticity in Hypersonic Atmospheric Entry

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Danny D. Liu, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,945.00
Abstract:
ZONA proposes a phase II effort to fully develop a comprehensive methodology for aeroelastic predictions of the nonlinear aerodynamic/aerothermodynamic - structure interaction (NANSI) on ballutes during hypersonic atmospheric entry, including potential surface wrinkling. A time-accurate Boltzmann… More

Multiscale GasKinetics/Particle (MGP) Simulation for Rocket Plume/Lunar Dust Interactions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Regents of New Mexico State University
Principal Investigator: Chunpei Cai, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,952.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
A Multiscale GasKinetic/Particle (MGP) computational method is proposed to simulate the plume-crater-interaction/dust-impingement(PCIDI) problem. The MGP method consists of a multiscale gaskinetic (MG) method for gasdynamics of rocket plume-in-vacuum flowfield, an Overlay method for gas-particle… More

Adaptive Feedfoward Feedback Control Framework

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jie Zeng, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,902.00
Abstract:
An Adaptive Feedforward and Feedback Control (AFFC) Framework is proposed to suppress the aircraft's structural vibrations and to increase the resilience of the flight control law, in the presence of AE/ASE interactions. Specifically, the adaptive feedforward controller is designed to reduce any… More

A Unified Multidimensional Hybrid Gaskinetic BGK method using Cartesian Grid for Nonequilibrium and Chemically Reacting Flows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of California, Irvine
Principal Investigator: Chunpei Cai, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,887.00
RI Contact: Cynthia J. Wells
Abstract:
A consistent time-accurate Hybrid gaskinetic Bhatnagar-Gross-Krook (BGK) method (H-BGK), valid in the full Knudsen number (Kn) range, is proposed using Cartesian grid as a 3D tool to handle hypersonic aerothermodynamics from continuum to thermochemical nonequilibrium and ionized/plasma flows. H-BGK… More

ZEUS-DO: A Design Oriented CFD-Based Unsteady Aerodynamic Capability for Flight Vehicle Multidisciplinary Configuration Shape Optimization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ping Chih Chen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,907.00
Abstract:
In practically all air-vehicle MDO studies to date involving configuration shape optimization, dynamic Aeroservoelastic constraints had to be left out. Flutter, gust stresses, vibration, and ride comfort cannot still be accounted for in MDO involving configuration shape variations. Development of… More

A Unified Multi-Dimensional Gaskinetic Hybrid BGK-DSMC Method for Nonequilibrium and Chemically Reacting Flows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Danny D. Liu, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,928.00
Abstract:
A consistent and accurate Hybrid gaskinetic BGK and DSMC method, valid in the full Knudsen number (Kn) range, is proposed as a 3D tool to handle hypersonic aerothermodynamics from continuum to thermochemical nonequilibrium and ionized/plasma flows. By domain-decomposition, the proposed method will… More

ZEUS-DO: A Design Oriented CFD-Based Unsteady Aerodynamic Capability for Flight Vehicle Multidisciplinary Configuration Shape Optimization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ping-Chih Chen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,851.00
Abstract:
CFD-based design-oriented (DO) steady/unsteady aerodynamic analysis tools for Aeroelastic / Aeroservoelastic (AE/ASE) evaluation lag significantly behind other multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) developments for flight vehicle design. In practically all studies to date involving… More

On-Line Flutter Prediction Tool for Wind Tunnel Flutter Testing using Parameter Varying Estimation Methodology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jie Zeng, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,917.00
Abstract:
ZONA Technology, Inc. (ZONA) proposes to develop an on-line flutter prediction tool for wind tunnel model using the parameter varying estimation (PVE) technique to ensure the safety of the flutter model as well as the wind tunnel system. This tool will be applied to rapidly evaluate parameters, such… More

Multi-Fidelity Multi-Strategy and Multi-Disciplinary Design Optimization Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dong-Hwan Lee, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,873.00
Abstract:
Multidisciplinary design and optimization (MDO) tools developed to perform multi-disciplinary analysis based on low fidelity computation methods have been used in aircraft conceptual design for decades. These tools have been proven very effective for simple problems and mostly have been developed… More

Flight Dynamic Simulation with Nonlinear Aeroelastic Interaction using the ROM-ROM Procedure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ping Chih Chen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,963.00
Abstract:
ZONA Technology, Inc. (ZONA) proposes to develop an integrated flight dynamics simulation capability with nonlinear aeroelastic interactions by combining a flight dynamics model and an added-on nonlinear aeroelastic solver in a Simulink environment. This nonlinear aeroelastic solver is generated by… More

Multiscale GasKinetics/Particle (MGP) Simulation for Rocket Plume/Lunar Dust Interactions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Regents of New Mexico State University
Principal Investigator: Shuchi Yang, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,971.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
An efficient and accurate software package named ZMGP (ZONA Multi-scale Gaskinetic/Particle simulation package) is proposed as a 3D tool to predict the lunar dust trajectory and crater formation process when a retro-rocket lands on the lunar surface. ZMGP has many special features including: 1, the… More

Extension of an Object Oriented Multidisciplinary Analysis Optimization (MDAO) Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Principal Investigator: Dong-Hwan Lee, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,888.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
Multidisciplinary design, analysis, and optimization (MDAO) tools today possess limited disciplines with little fidelity modeling capability. These tools are typically developed as a single large software application that performs analysis for all disciplines but has little or no capability to… More

On-Line Flutter Prediction Tool for Wind Tunnel Flutter Testing using Parameter Varying Estimation Methodology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jie Zeng, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,994.00
Abstract:
ZONA Technology, Inc. (ZONA) proposes to develop an on-line flutter prediction tool using the parameter varying estimation (PVE) methodology, called the PVE Toolbox, to ensure the flight safety during the flight flutter test and to prevent the damage to the wind tunnel hardware from the structural… More

Flight Dynamic Simulation with Nonlinear Aeroelastic Interaction using the ROM-ROM Procedure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ping Chih Chen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,998.00
Abstract:
ZONA Technology, Inc. proposes to develop an integrated flight dynamics simulation capability with nonlinear aeroelastic interactions by combining a flight dynamics model and an add-on nonlinear aeroelastic solver in a Simulink environment. This nonlinear aeroelastic solver is generated by… More

Experimental Model Based Feedback Control for Flutter Suppression and Gust Load Alleviation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jie Zeng, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,890.00
Abstract:
ZONA Technology, Inc. (ZONA) proposes an R\ & D effort to develop an Experimental Model Based Feedback Control (EMBFC) Framework for the flutter suppression and gust load alleviation (GLA). The resilience of the flight control law in the presence of aeroelastic/aeroservoelastic (AE/ASE)… More

Pilot Induced Oscillation Suppression Under Off-Nominal Conditions Using L1 Adaptive Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jiang Wang, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,948.00
Abstract:
ZONA Technology, Inc. proposes an R & D effort to develop an adaptive flight control system which can provide near-nominal performance for the aircraft under off-nominal conditions, consequently reduce pilot-vehicle interactions. Furthermore, this adaptive control system is combined with a… More

A Unified Gaskinetic Methodology for Full-Knudsen-Range Flows with Chemically Reacting Effects

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Shuchi Yang, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,902.00
Abstract:
ZONA proposes a Unified Gas Kinetic Scheme (UGKS) to cover the full Knudsen number range from the continuum flow to free molecular flow that can simultaneously exist in the jet nozzle flow of the spacecraft. In the UGKS solver, the BGK model of Boltzmann equation is solved directly with finite… More

Stick-to-Stress Dynamic Flight Simulation for Virtual Flight Test

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Arizona State Univeristy
Principal Investigator: Ping-Chih Chen, Principal Investigator – (480) 945-9988
Award Amount: $99,938.00
RI Contact: Robert Salinas
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: ZONA proposes to develop a comprehensive virtual flight test software system by enhancing the capabilities of the ZONA's Stick-To-Stress Dynamic Flight Simulation (STS-DFS)"previously developed under AFRL contractual support. The current STS-DFS combines flight dynamic model and… More

Sensitivity Analysis Methods for Complex, Multidisciplinary Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technolo
Principal Investigator: Shuchi Yang, Principal Investigator – (480) 945-9988
Award Amount: $99,962.00
RI Contact: Ramon Downes
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The Phase I technical objective is twofold. First, the ZONA/MIT team will develop an Unsteady Aero-Structural Adjoint (UASA) methodology and implement it in a 2-D unsteady Euler solver. The objective of the effort is to investigate and resolve the technical issues involved in the… More

Predictive Gust Load Alleviation Control Using Leading Edge Stagnation Point Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jiang Wang, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,916.00
Abstract:
ZONA Technology, Inc. proposes an R & D effort to develop a Gust Load Alleviation (GLA) control system using a novel Leading Edge Stagnation Point (LESP) sensor that has the nearly instantaneous predictive capability. The real-time gust information from the sensor will enhance the performance of… More

ModelCenter-Integrated Reduced Order Multi-fidelity Optimization Scheme for NASA MDAO Framework

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Darius Sarhaddi, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,989.00
Abstract:
In this effort, ZONA Technology, Inc. aims at developing an innovative multi-fidelity and multi-disciplinary optimization (MDO) sub-framework that can (i) effectively reduce the number of design variables without screening-out any of the variables, (ii) accelerate the convergence through a novel… More

Real-Time Mode Shape and Aeroelastic System Identification Toolset for Flight Test

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Darius Sarhaddi, Principal Investigator – (480) 945-9988
Award Amount: $149,906.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The ability to ascertain rapid and accurate aeroelastic system stability margin as well as the ability to extract flight test structure mode shapes for on-the-fly investigation of aero-structure interactions are some of the real challenges facing control room engineers during flight… More

Model Center-Integrated Reduced Order Multi-fidelity Optimization Scheme for NASA MDAO Framework

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Darius Sarhaddi, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $684,594.00
Abstract:
During Phase I of this effort, ZONA Technology, Inc. significantly improved the medium fidelity design and analysis capability of NASA's MDAO architecture by successfully adding ZONA CAE tools such as ZAERO, ZEUS, ASTROS and ZMORPH synergistically integrated within a ModelCenter MDAO framework.… More

Innovative Structural and Material Concepts for Low-Weight Low-Drag Aircraft Design

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Satyajit Ghoman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,951.00
Abstract:
The overall objective of this multi-phase project is to explore, develop, integrate, and test several innovative structural design concepts and new material possibilities that will fully leverage the expertise of the ZONA/Boeing Team for enhancing the current state-of-the-art of aircraft design. The… More

Stick-to-Stress Dynamic Flight Simulation for Virtual Flight Test

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Arizona State University
Principal Investigator: Zhicun Wang, Principal Investigator – (480) 945-9988
Award Amount: $749,945.00
RI Contact: Avery Wright
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The overall technical objectives of the Phase II efforts are to develop, implement, and validate a computationally efficient and accurate buffet load predictive capability in ZONA's Stick-To-Stress Dynamic Flight Simulation (STS-DFS). This capability will allow a continuous… More