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EQUIPMENT TO TEST AND DEVELOP R.P.V. AERODYNAMIC ENHANCEMENT DEVICES

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
5444
Program Year/Program:
1987 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
5444
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aero-vironment Inc
Po Box 5031 Monrovia, CA 91017
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1987
Title: EQUIPMENT TO TEST AND DEVELOP R.P.V. AERODYNAMIC ENHANCEMENT DEVICES
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,910.00
 

Abstract:

THE PERFORMANCE OF REMOTE PILOTED VEHICLES (RPV'S) CAN BE SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED BY PASSIVE DEVICES FOR CONTROLLING THE TURBULENT BOUNDARY LAYER. THESE DEVICES RANGE FROM SURFACE DEVICES FOR DRAG REDUCTION TO VORTEX GENERATORS FOR SEPARATION CONTROL. CURRENTLYTHERE IS LITTLE APPLICATION OF THESE DEVICES DUE TO A LACK OF CONFIDENCE IN THEM, AND LIMITED PERFORMANCE DATA. VORTEX GENERATORS ARE ONLY USED TO SOLVE EXISTING SEPARATION PROBLEMS, INSTEAD OF BEING INTEGRALLY INCLUDED IN THE DESIGN. WITH THIS SIMPLE AND INEXPENSIVE DEDICATED TUNNEL, HUNDREDS OF POSSIBLE DEVICES CAN BE TESTED. THE RESULTS WILL SHOW WHICH DEVICES CAN BE USED TO REDUCE DRAG AND HOW VORTEX GENERATORS CAN BE USED AS A DESIGN TOOL TO SUPPRESS SEPARATION.THESE DEVICES WILL ALLOW RPV'S TO BE DESIGNED WITH ENHANCED RANGE, SPEED, AND MANEUVERABILITY. THE RESEARCH WILL ALSO GIVE A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF THE TURBULENT BOUNDARY LAYER FOR ADVANCES IN PERFORMANCE. A VARIETY OF CANDIDATE DEVICES WILL BE SELECTED AND A SPECIAL PURPOSE TUNNEL WITH AUTOMATED INSTRUMENTATION WILL BE DESIGNED IN THE PRESENT PROJECT, PHASE I. PHASE II WILL COVER THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TUNNEL AND THE DEVICE TEST PROGRAM.

Principal Investigator:

Dr p b s lissaman
8183579983

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Aero-vironment Inc
825 Myrtle Ave Monrovia, CA 91016

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