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An Aero-Acoustic Tool for Terminal Area Operations

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
115392
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A2.09
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Sukra Helitek, Inc.
3146 Greenwood Road Ames, IA 50014-4504
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: An Aero-Acoustic Tool for Terminal Area Operations
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX12CD08P
Award Amount: $124,991.00
 

Abstract:

In this highly interconnected world, transportation systems must feature increased flexibility and shorter door-to-door trip times to be successful. Shorter door-to-door trip times require an increased usage of rotary wing and runway independent V/STOL technology. One of the limiting factors to the increased adoption of this technology for providing feeder service to major hubs is the limited understanding of high-volume terminal area operations.Several important issues are associated with rotary wing and runway independent V/STOL aircraft, including severe aerodynamic interactions during take-off, transition and landing. There is also the possibility that the aero-acoustic environment generated in the terminal area may cause damage to buildings, unsafe working conditions for ground personnel, or unacceptable noise levels to surrounding communities.The success of commercial V/STOL transportation is predicated on being able to establish technical feasibility, societal acceptance and economic viability. The proposed aero-acoustic tool for terminal area operations offers a simulation capability to design engineers to make informed decisions based on technical (operations and handling near a terminal), societal (acoustic footprint) and economic considerations (performance) that includes the interactional aerodynamics between the aircraft and its surroundings. The designers and operators of rotary wing and V/STOL aircrafts will use the tool to evaluate, enhance and implement more efficient and safe terminal area operation guidelines.Phase I will develop the proof-of-concept of the simulation tool and use a tilt-rotor and a candidate terminal under different wind conditions to demonstrate its usefulness. In Phase II, the tool will be extended to maneuvering rotary wing and V/STOL aircrafts. In addition, it will be integrated with a graphical user interface (GUI) for ease of use.

Principal Investigator:

Luke A. Novak
Principal Investigator
5152929646
nappi@sukra-helitek.com

Business Contact:

R Ganesh Rajagopalan
Business Official
5152929646
nappi@sukra-helitek.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Sukra Helitek, Inc.
3146 Greenwood Road Ames, IA 50014-4504

EIN/Tax ID: 421371077
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No