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Ship Airwake Measurement System

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2013 / STTR
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P.O. Box 71 Hanover, NH 03755-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Ship Airwake Measurement System
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-13-P-1201
Award Amount: $79,905.00


Measurement surveys of full-scale ship airwakes are needed to validate computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models of these wakes. Airwake computations guide the design of ship superstructures, improve the fidelity of flight simulators, and save time and reduce risk during flight tests to define launch and recovery envelopes for ship and aircraft combinations. Current full-scale test techniques involving mast mounted anemometers are costly and time-consuming, and they do not extend to the critical region aft of the ship"s stern. We propose an autonomous ship airwake measurement system that is man-portable and may be set up and operated by a single person. Detailed measurements of the air velocity vectors above the flight deck and far into the wake region aft of the ship"s stern are possible with this system. In Phase I, we will demonstrate the feasibility of our proposed approach with tests of critical aspects of the system both in our laboratory and in the field. In Phase II, we will develop, test, and validate a complete prototype of the system and demonstrate its performance and value in a field test. The system will then be ready for use by the Navy to map ship airwakes.

Principal Investigator:

Anthony Dietz
Principal Investigator
(603) 643-3800

Business Contact:

Robert Kline-Schoder
(603) 643-3800
Small Business Information at Submission:

Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71 Hanover, NH -

EIN/Tax ID: 020259551
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Massachusetts Inst. of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Building E19-750
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
Contact: Susan M. Kilmer
Contact Phone: (617) 253-3907