You are here

Semi-Active Shock and Vibration Isolation for Tactical Aircraft UsingMagnetorheological Fluid Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 36440
Amount: $22,450.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1997
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
11911 Freedom Drive
Reston, VA 20190
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael D. Mcpartland
 (703) 787-8700
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution

The objective of this proposal is to demonstrate the feasibility of using Magnetorheological (MR) fluid based dampers for both shock and vibration isolation for the E-2C Hawkeye. Metron has previously developed a prototype system to accomplish this objective in a laboratory demonstration. This proposal represents the minimal level of effort to reproduce this laboratory demonstration. Furthermore, Metron proposes to develop a test plan for transition of this technology from a laboratory demonstration system to a flight test system. This isolation system was developed under a DARPA sponsored research program. The objective of this program was to demonstrate the potential of a MR-based semi-active control system for the isolation from both shock and vibration. The demonstration system is a single dof design operating under feedback control and makes use of specialized control laws. The control methodology, designed to recognize either shock or vibration environments, responds accordingly and provides appropriate control action commensurate with the sensed state. Using recorded E-2C data as vibration inputs, Metron's system achieved acceleration attenuation levels of 15dB or greater for frequencies up to 300 Hz. In addition, this system provides near ideal shock reduction as dictated by the allowable travel in the system.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government