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Aerodynamic Efficiency Enhancements for Air Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NND06AB83C
Agency Tracking Number: 040030
Amount: $600,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T2.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-05-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-05-23
Small Business Information
PO Box 3426
Lawrence, KS 66046-0000
United States
DUNS: 108339966
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Tom Sherwood
 Principal Investigator
 (785) 979-1113
Business Contact
 Tom Sherwood
Title: President
Phone: (785) 979-1113
Research Institution
 North Carolina State University
 Not Available
Research Administration/SPARCS, 2701 Sullivan Drive
Raleigh, NC 27695
United States

 (919) 515-2444
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

The need for aerodynamics-based efficiency enhancements for air vehicles is presented. The results of the Phase I investigation of concepts for morphing aircraft are discussed. Morphing enables the aircraft to optimize its configuration for various flight regimes. This translates to benefits in range, endurance, manueuvering and speed characteristics of the air vehicle. Using simulations, live testing, and benchtop hardware development, the feasibility of the concepts was established in Phase I. In Phase II, key additions to the design, such as trailing edge flaps, and an intelligent, sense-and-adapt method to achieve continuous aerodynamic optimization flight testing will be integrated. Wind tunnel testing and flight testing will be performed to refine and finalize the designs.

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