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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,995.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-04-C-3409
Award Id:
62542
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-2695
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
924 Corridor Park Dr., Knoxville, TN, 37932
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
158986732
Principal Investigator:
Alan Wintenberg
(865) 777-3776
awintenberg@atmosphericglow.com
Business Contact:
Sharon Draper
(865) 777-3776
sdraper@atmosphericglow.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
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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