Analysis of Distributed Control of Turbine Engines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-10-C-0038
Agency Tracking Number: F08A-026-0049
Amount: $749,567.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF08-T026
Solicitation Number: 2008.A
Small Business Information
8777 E.Via de Ventura, Suite 120, Scottsdale, AZ, 85258
DUNS: 798611331
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Walter Merrill
 VP & GM
 (440) 328-5832
Business Contact
 Walter Merrill
Title: VP & GM
Phone: (440) 328-5832
Research Institution
 Stanford University
 Meredith O''Connor
 261 Durand
Stanford, CA, 94305
 (650) 723-5854
 Nonprofit college or university
Scientific Monitoring, Inc. (SMI), Stanford University (SU) and Pratt and Whitney (PW) propose to conduct research to develop, implement, apply and realistically demonstrate new methods to analyze and predict the stability and performance of a distributed gas turbine engine control (DEC). The approach will be to develop the requirements for a DEC network. Then these requirements will be used to build a prototype architecture with realistic network hardware as an evaluation platform for the project. This platform will enable the team to efficiently evaluate important aspects of the distributed control including performance, stability, communication delay, packet sizing, information structures between nodes and overall node count to achieve the desired function. The team also will develop software tools based on the quadratic invariance and successive convex relaxation tools demonstrated in Phase I of this research. These tools will be applied to a realistic model of an engine over a significant operating range to demonstrate the utility of the design approach. Finally, the resultant design will be implemented in the prototype network evaluation platform to demonstrate operation of the distributed engine control. BENEFIT: Results from the project will be applicable to both future propulsion systems in the VAATE perspective as well as legacy and helicopter engines and will enable designers to efficiently evaluate design options for distributed engine control. Anticipated benefits include the ability to achieve specified performance for a distributed engine control design and to analyze competing designs to trade off performance, stability, communication bandwidth and system complexity.

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