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High Fidelity Helicopter Lag Damper Model for Comprehensive Rotor Analysis

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-13-C-0094
Agency Tracking Number: N11A-010-0329
Amount: $749,829.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N11A-T010
Solicitation Number: 2011.1
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-11-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-05-30
Small Business Information
11750 Beltsville Drive 3rd Floor
Beltsville, MD 20705-4044
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Grum Ngatu
 Principal Investigator
 (240) 790-0708
Business Contact
 Sandra Selha
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (240) 790-0620
Research Institution
 University of Maryland
 Norman Werley
3181 Martin Hall
Collge Park, MD 20741-0011
United States

 (301) 405-1927
 Nonprofit College or University

The primary goal of this STTR program is to develop high fidelity LDLP software module that can predict stiffness and damping forces over the ranges of amplitude, frequency, and temperature appropriate for comprehensive modeling of helicopters. The LDLP module will focus on enabling accurate prediction of the onset of both air and ground resonance, as well as the fatigue loads that would arise due to the implementation of such lag dampers, and the impact of fatigue on the Remaining Useful Life (RUL) of rotor and rotor hub components. This project will develop a software module that provides the capability to predict lag damper behavior, especially the stiffness and damping forces that arise from lag dampers of varying configuration, material choices, fluid properties, and feedback control strategies in the case of semi-active or active lag damper technologies. The project team will construct an LDLP software module that will be configured to interface with any existing comprehensive rotorcraft analysis code, such as the University of Maryland Advanced rotorcraft Code (UMARC), Copter (Bells comprehensive rotor code), CAMRAD II (Comprehensive Analytical Model of Rotorcraft Aerodynamics and Dynamics), and GenHel (Sikorskys General Helicopter Flight Dynamic Simulation Model).

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