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Fusion of a Real-time Analytical Model with Facility Control Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-10-C-0137
Agency Tracking Number: F09B-T16-0005
Amount: $99,953.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF09-BT16
Solicitation Number: 2009.B
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-06-03
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-03-03
Small Business Information
3100 Fresh Way SW
Huntsville, AL 35805
United States
DUNS: 124289294
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Alton Reich
 Lead Engineer
 (256) 713-1220
Business Contact
 Alton Reich
Title: Lead Engineer
Phone: (256) 713-1220
Research Institution
 Southern Illinois University Edward
 Stephen Hansen
Rendleman Hall Box 1046
Edwardsville, IL 62026
United States

 (618) 650-3010
 Nonprofit College or University

AEDC personnel have developed and demonstrated the effectiveness of coupling a control volume model with a wind tunnel control system. The performance of the model was hampered because parameters of the model were assumed to be constant, when they are likely variables. A method for using facility data to determine functional relationships defining these parameters would allow them to vary during hardware in the loop testing and likely improve the results produced by the model. A framework is needed that is flexible enough to be utilized on different wind tunnels that will perform data fusion to tune system model parameters. Streamline Automation and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville propose to utilize our Intelligent Data Extraction Algorithm to process and fuse data captured from multiple sensors during operations of a wind tunnel facility. The algorithm will then be used to tune the model parameters for use in hardware in the loop testing. During the Phase 1 project, the team will develop and test the algorithm for use on the SIUE wind tunnel. During Phase 2, the team will apply the methodology to an Air Force wind tunnel facility. BENEFIT: There are several high-performance wind tunnel facilities at AEDC that can benefit directly from the technology proposed herein. It will enable data that is difficult to measure directly to be extracted to from the measured data. This data can be used to determine relationships between cause and effect that will improve the fidelity of facility models and improve hardware in the loop testing. The technology can be utilized directly at other wind tunnel facilities, including those at NASA and at universities.

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