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Nonlinear Aerodynamic ROM-Structural ROM Methodology for Inflatable…

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2008 / SBIR
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ZONA Technology, Inc.
AZ Scottsdale, AZ 85258-4578
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Nonlinear Aerodynamic ROM-Structural ROM Methodology for Inflatable Aeroelasticity in Hypersonic Atmospheric Entry
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX08CC57P
Award Amount: $99,972.00


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 CFD based neural-net aerodynamic ROM to achieve a high computational efficiency. Indeed, the computing time for a typical wing flutter/LCO analysis is reduced from hours (direct) to minutes (ROM-ROM). The structural ROM enables a seamless time-integration of the ROM-ROM and could be coupled with other aerodynamic ROM methods like Volterra or POD. A time-accurate GasKinetic BGK method (BGKX) is adopted to generate the aerodynamic ROM for rarefied hypersonic unsteady aerodynamics/aeroelasticity applications to a ballute in atmospheric entry. With a natural boundary condition, BGKX is superior to continuum methods for unsteady flow simulations, and unified in transition to continuum flow regimes covering the peak dynamic pressure range in Earth/Martian entries. It can provide flow pressures and heat flux in one step. In Phase I, we will consider both a 2D membrane-on-wedge system and a modeled ballute system and investigate their static aeroelasticity as well as the feasibility/efficiency of the ROM-ROM approach for their dynamic aeroelastic responses (flutter/LCO). These capabilities are necessary for the development of inflatable aeroelasticity in NASA space program.

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Danny D. Liu
Principal Investigator

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Jennifer Scherr
Business Official
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ZONA Technology, Inc.
9489 E. Ironwood Square Drive Scottsdale, AZ 85258

EIN/Tax ID: 860540628
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No