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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY21 is not expected to be complete until September, 2022.

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  1. Quiet Propeller using Carbon Nanotube Thin Film Thermophone

    SBC: Great Lakes Sound & Vibration, Inc.            Topic: AFX20DTCSO1

    The GLSV and MTU team are proposing a novel acoustic method using carbon nanotube (CNT) thin film as a thermophone embedded into the tip and trailing edge of advanced unmanned aerial vehicles to actively reduce propeller noise.  The of CNT thermophones in active noise cancellation has been demonstrated by the team in engine exhaust applications as well as fan applications to date.  The applicati ...

    STTR Phase I 2021 Department of DefenseAir Force
  2. Novel Honeycomb Hollow Carbon Fiber Composite

    SBC: Technology Holding, LLC            Topic: AFX20DTCSO1

    The current commercial polyacrylonitrile (PAN) based carbon fibers such as IM7 and T300 are limited in modulus at 155 and 130 N/tex respectively. In addition, these fibers are high density (1.75 – 1.93 g/cc) and are known to exhibit buckling behavior under compression stress. If these shortcomings are overcome, a number of new applications within DOD as well as civilian markets can be enabled.  ...

    STTR Phase I 2021 Department of DefenseAir Force
  3. Development of an Autonomous Recovery Function for eVTOL Aircraft Using an Adaptive / ML Controller

    SBC: JUMP AERO INC            Topic: AFX20DTCSO1

    Jump Aero has partnered with Caltech’s Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies (CAST) to move adaptive control and machine learning autonomy algorithms from the lab to the real world.  We will accomplish this transition through an incremental crawl-walk-run process where the first crawl step involves a combination of certifiable hardware and a software architecture that is based on Run T ...

    STTR Phase I 2021 Department of DefenseAir Force
  4. Development of eVTOL Aeroacoustics Software based on Vorcat CFD

    SBC: VORCAT, INC.            Topic: AFX20DTCSO1

    Interest in abating noise pollution from future eVTOL vehicles utilized in urban environments is a major motivating factor for this proposed study.  Past strategies for predicting noise about aircraft and rotorcraft tended to be highly empirical leading to limited generalization and accuracy. On the other hand, modern acoustics methodologies can be employed as an effective and comprehensive means ...

    STTR Phase I 2021 Department of DefenseAir Force
  5. Development of Graphene Batteries for Use in Aviation Applications

    SBC: Carbon Solutions Inc            Topic: AFX20DTCSO1

    This project aims to develop a technology for the preparation of scalable graphene batteries. The anodes are comprised of functionalized graphene sheets with basal plane nanoholes and assembled in a densely-packed covalently-linked framework. The anodes are prelithiated using a commercially scalable process, which enriches the electrodes with Li ions and forms a stable interface for increased cycl ...

    STTR Phase I 2021 Department of DefenseAir Force
  6. A study of eVTOL safety and controllability using Vorcat and HAMSTR CFD

    SBC: VORCAT, INC.            Topic: AFX20DTCSO1

    This Phase I proposal will examine the feasibility of using Vorcat’s implementation of a grid-free vortex method coupled with the HAMSTR near-body flow solver to provide accurate simulations of the flow over modern, multirotor, eVTOL vehicles. The combination of these codes will result in a reliable CFD tool with the capability to accurately simulate eVTOL aerodynamics over a large set of fli ...

    STTR Phase I 2021 Department of DefenseAir Force
  7. Microwave manufacturing of large composite components utilizing hybrid carbon nanomaterial heaters

    SBC: Advanced Manufacturing LLC            Topic: AFX20DTCSO1

    The overarching goal of this proposal is to establish the feasibility of using an engineered mix of GNPs/CNTs as nanoheaters for rapid and uniform curing of large-scale composite structures OOA with minimal void formation while retaining aerospace/grade properties.  This goal will be achieved by:   Deposit an engineered mix of GNPs/CNTs nanoheaters on the surface of flat prepregs and dry carbon ...

    STTR Phase I 2021 Department of DefenseAir Force
  8. High Energy Batteries for Electric Flights

    SBC: Farad Power Inc            Topic: AFX20DTCSO1

    The objective of this proposal is to demonstrate the feasibility of producing novel electrochemical cells with energy density of >500 Wh/kg, capable of recharge rates of 1C, with a robust safety profile. To accomplish this, we plan to use our patented carbon technology to synthesize C/Si composites for the anode and C/S composites (lithiated) for the cathode (all other components will be commercia ...

    STTR Phase I 2021 Department of DefenseAir Force
  9. CFD-Augmented Comprehensive eVTOL Analysis and Certification Tool


    Recently, interest in eVTOL air vehicles has greatly increased for both civil and military applications, such as urban air mobility, cargo delivery, surveillance, disaster relief, etc. Many current designs either adopt simple momentum theory based methods for performance estimates or use CFD simulation. The former is too simplified to provide the required accuracy and the latter is too computation ...

    STTR Phase I 2021 Department of DefenseAir Force
  10. Developing Distributed Electric Propulsion Control System for Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing / Urban Air Mobility Vehicles

    SBC: optoXense, Inc.            Topic: AFX20DTCSO1

    Distributed-Electric-Propulsion (DEP) is a disruptive concept with the potential to introduce substantial improvements in future-air-vehicle performance, efficiency, and robustness. This concept utilizes a distribution of electrically-powered-propulsors across a vehicle to provide both the required thrust for flight, distributed actuation, as well as additional advantages associated with synergist ...

    STTR Phase I 2021 Department of DefenseAir Force
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