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Naval Platform Aero-Optic Turbulence and Mitigation Methodology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-13-C-0378
Agency Tracking Number: N13A-001-0076
Amount: $79,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N13A-T001
Solicitation Number: 2013.A
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-08-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-03-15
Small Business Information
2021 Girard Blvd. SE Suite 150
Albuquerque, NM -
United States
DUNS: 794350025
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Whiteley
 Vice President
 (937) 684-4100
Business Contact
 Robert Praus
Title: President
Phone: (505) 245-9970
Research Institution
 University of Notre Dame
 Eric Jumper
110 Hessert Laboratory University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556-
United States

 (574) 631-7680
 Nonprofit College or University

MZA partnered with the University of Notre Dame proposes to conduct high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations providing volumetric time-resolved aero-optical disturbance modeling for rotary-wing aircraft flow dominated by wing-tip vortices. We will develop detailed wave-optics models of a baseline Navy helicopter beam director including engineering-level simulations of the beam control sensors and optics, illuminator propagation, active and passive sensor imaging, and high-energy laser transmission for target engagements. The aero-optic CFD solutions will be integrated with the wave-optics simulation, line-of-sight jitter modeling, and synthetic target rendering to provide a comprehensive system simulation. Parametric system sensitivity analysis will be performed using this simulation. We will conduct high-speed and high-resolution wavefront sensor measurements for a model-scale rotor flow. These measurements will be compared to the CFD modeling of the rotary wing flow, establishing spatial and temporal properties of the flow at different viewing angles. These validated disturbances will be used to quantify the aero-optical mitigation which can be achieved by use of predictive adaptive optics techniques applied as an upgrade to the baseline Navy helicopter system. Dr. Matthew Whiteley will be Principal Investigator for MZA and Dr. Mark Rennie will be the Principal Scientist for Notre Dame.

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