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Nonlinear Aerodynamics-Structure Time Simulation for HALE Aircraft…

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2005 / STTR
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ZONA Technology, Inc.
9489 E. Ironwood Square Drive Scottsdale, AZ 85258-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Nonlinear Aerodynamics-Structure Time Simulation for HALE Aircraft Design/Analysis
Agency: NASA
Contract: NND05AA50C
Award Amount: $99,844.00


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 and static/dynamic aeroelastic responses of such flexible aircraft can be properly accounted for including all dominant linear/nonlinear effects. The vortex dynamics coupling and spline procedure in NAS render it an ideal tool for expedient time simulations. The proof-of-concept example demonstrates the validity of the NA model and its aeroelastic applicability to a HALE flying wing in an open and closed loop control environment. Pathfinder/Helios flying wing will be selected as the candidate NAS feasibility study case. Further, ZONA Technology will integrate this methodology into an user-friendly, open-architecture software with a highly modular format using the ZONA Database Management (ZDM) system. Phase I effort will focus on the NAS for wing-only configurations. Phase II will enlarge our scope to include modules in time-domain gust, NAS-aeroservoelasticity, and interfacing with commercialized nonlinear structural FEM, and to increase the geometric complexity for wing-body and realistic aircraft configurations. The ZONA team intends to work closely with NASA and AeroVironment throughout these phases.

Principal Investigator:

Ping-Chih Chen

Business Contact:

Jennifer Scherr
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Zona Technology, Inc.
7430 E. Stetson Drive, Suite 205 Scottsdale, AZ 85251

EIN/Tax ID: 860540628
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
460 Turner Street, Suite 306
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Contact: Bonnie Beasley
Contact Phone: (540) 231-9393
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university