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Drag Reduction and Flight Control of External Hypersonic Flows by EHD Plasma Actuators

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-C-3409
Agency Tracking Number: F031-2695
Amount: $223,378.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF03-233
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Solicitation Year: 2003
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-06-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-06-30
Small Business Information
924 Corridor Park Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37932
United States
DUNS: 158986732
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Alan Wintenberg
 (865) 777-3776
Business Contact
 Sharon Draper
Phone: (865) 777-3776
Research Institution

Atmospheric Glow Technologies proposes using its non-intrusive EHD plasma actuator for drag reduction and flight control of hypersonic vehicles. AGT's plasma actuator is comprised of a series of alternating electrodes embedded in a dielectric covering the surface of the hypersonic body. The primary objective of this Phase II effort is to demonstrate the commercial feasibility and aerodynamic enhancements using a plasma actuator through numerical simulations and wind tunnel tests. This study will build on expertise from the University of Tennessee CFD laboratory and aerospace engineering department. The phase II effort will (1) develop efficient plasma actuators, (2) prove commercial feasibility through wind tunnel testing and (3) simulate the plasma actuators effect with CFD codes. The plasma actuators would revolutionize vehicle design by eliminating the need for moving parts found in conventional flight control systems.

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