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Flight Adaptive Blade for Optimum Rotor Response (FABFORR)

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
095177
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
A2.09
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Continuum Dynamics, Inc.
34 Lexington Avenue Ewing, NJ -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Flight Adaptive Blade for Optimum Rotor Response (FABFORR)
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CA07C
Award Amount: $599,840.00
 

Abstract:

While past research has demonstrated the utility and benefits to be gained with the application of advanced rotor system control concepts, none have been implemented to date on a production military or commercial rotorcraft. A key contributor to this fact is the inherent cost associated with installation and maintenance of these control systems, since many system designs require the replacement of a helicopter's rotor blades, rotor hub components, or both. The proposed work addresses this deficiency through the development of an on-blade full-span camber control system that reaps many of the known benefits of advanced rotor control in a retrofit design approach that has the potential to achieve production status due to its lower risks and costs compared to previous system concepts. The design leverages past work in the use of smart-material actuated bistable tabs for rotor blade tracking, with a newer integral actuation concept that will lead toward a more robust and flightworthy design.

Principal Investigator:

Robert M. McKillip, Jr.
Principal Investigator
6096090444
bob@continuum-dynamics.com

Business Contact:

Barbara A. Agans
Director, Bus Administration
6095380444
barbara@continuum-dynamics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Continuum Dynamics, Inc.
34 Lexington Avenue Ewing, NJ -

EIN/Tax ID: 222248930
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No