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Ship Wake Velocity Mapping Using InstantEye MAV

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-13-P-1202
Agency Tracking Number: N13A-015-0275
Amount: $79,949.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N13A-T015
Solicitation Number: 2013.A
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-07-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-04-30
Small Business Information
Andover, MA 01810-1077
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Hartmut Legner
 Senior Principal Research
 (978) 689-0003
Business Contact
 B. Green
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution
 West Virginia University
 Janet Boyles
Manager Sponsored Programs WVU Office of Sponsored Progra
Morgantown, WV 26506-6845
United States

 (304) 293-3998
 Nonprofit College or University

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) and their academic partner, West Virginia University (WVU), are pleased to propose a uniquely innovative approach to measuring the three-dimensional air wake velocity field behind ship structures and towers. The velocity data is needed to support the validation of CFD models that will ultimately be used to provide sufficient safety margins for ship aircraft operations under extreme weather and sea-state conditions. PSI will employ its proven Instant Eye micro-air vehicle (MAV) in order to measure the entire 3D air wake velocity field as well as specific air wake flow features, such as downwash behind the stern and concentrated vortical regions stemming from the flow past the blunt-ship structures. The proposed approach will integrate a five-hole pitot probe with appropriate pressure transducers onto the Instant Eye MAV and use it to map the velocity field. Phase I measurements will be conducted behind a moving truck, a stationary truck in a large wind tunnel with existing experimental data and CFD and behind an operational Navy ship. These three measurement campaigns will establish the feasibility of the Instant Eye integrated measurement system and pave the way for the prototype development in Phase II.

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