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Flex-Skins Using Cellular Cores (XSCL)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-06-C-0111
Agency Tracking Number: F064-013-0042
Amount: $99,932.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-T013
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-08-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-05-21
Small Business Information
2780 Skypark Drive, Suite 400
Torrance, CA 90505
United States
DUNS: 106823607
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Principal Investigator
 (310) 891-2814
Business Contact
 Zoltan Feher
Title: Contracts and Pricing
Phone: (310) 626-8384
Research Institution
 John McKee
101 Hammond Bldg
University Park, PA , PA 16802
United States

 (814) 863-8099
 Nonprofit College or University

Morphing aircraft structures have been under focused development over the last five years, primarily under DARPA and Air Force sponsorship. NextGen has been a leader in this effort; prior and on-going work by the NextGen team has identified significant technology barriers which need fundamental understanding as well as innovative solutions. Key among these is the development of skins which have in-plane strain capabilities of around 100% to permit large changes in wing area, low in-plane moduli which will result in reasonable actuation force requirements, and high effective overall bending stiffness to provide efficient aerodynamic shape. To meet these requirements, NextGen and Penn State University propose to develop new morphing skin designs based on flexible cellular cores with tailor-able geometry and material properties. We will build upon the work done by Prof. Farhan Gandhi, PSU PI who has developed fundamental understanding of flexible cellular core structures. In Phase 1 the NextGen/PSU team will finalize concepts, conduct trade studies using simple models, optimize the design using high-fidelity finite element analyses, and fabricate a proof-of-concept morphing skin demonstration article. In a Phase 2 program the team will conduct detailed design addressing substructure attachment and integration within a morphing wing

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