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Deterministic and Statistical Characterization of the Impact of Control Surface Freeplay on Flutter and Limit -Cycle Oscillation (LCO) using Efficient

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0411
Agency Tracking Number: N10A-003-0328
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N10A-T003
Solicitation Number: 2010.A
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-07-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-02-28
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1500 Bull Lea Road, Suite 203
Lexington, KY 40511
United States
DUNS: 790637867
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Patrick Hu
 (859) 699-0441
Business Contact
 Patrick Hu
Title: President
Phone: (859) 699-0441
Research Institution
 University of Oklahoma
 Peter Attar
865 Asp Ave. Felgar Hall Room 212
Norman, OK 73019
United States

 (405) 325-1749
 Nonprofit college or university

Research is proposed for the development and implementation of state of the art computational and experimental tools for the investigation of the impact of control surface freeplay on the flutter and limit cycle oscillation characteristics of two-dimensional and three-dimensional wings in subsonic and transonic flow. Highly efficient and accurate aeroelastic simulation tools will be constructed based upon the following novel concepts 1) reduced order in time models based upon the mathematical formalism of optimal prediction theory 2) high-fidelity aeroelastic simulation based upon the coupling of a particle-method based CFD method to a nonlinear finite element structural dynamics solver and 3) reduced order in spatial models based upon proper orthogonal decomposition (POD) and Volterra theory. In addition, the proposed work will include the use of computational uncertainty quantification which will address, using a probabilistic approach, questions pertaining to the sensitivity of flutter and limit cycle oscillation with respect to possibly uncertain model input parameters such as the amount of freeplay and the freeplay stiffness. Legacy wind tunnel data along with new tests for the transonic regime will be used to validate and improve the computational models and to provide further insight into the complex phenomena of freeplay-induced flutter and limit cycle oscillations.

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