Computational Methods for Feedback Flow Controllers in Aerodynamic Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-05-C-0031
Agency Tracking Number: F033-0051
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: AF03T007
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
PO Box 233, 663 Owego Hill Road, Harford, NY, 13784
DUNS: 037658379
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Henry Carlson
 (607) 844-9171
Business Contact
 Henry Carlson
Title: President
Phone: (607) 844-9171
Research Institution
 Jeanne De Pass
 10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1200
Los Angeles, CA, 90024
 (310) 794-0135
 Nonprofit college or university
Clear Science Corp. and the University of California at Los Angeles propose to develop a versatile and comprehensive computational toolbox for designing feedback flow controllers in aerodynamic applications. Target objectives include separation control to manage lift and drag, control of transition to turbulence, turbulence control to reduce skin friction drag, increase mixing, or reduce heat transfer, and control of acoustical output (noise suppression). The software is designed to meet important military objectives including greater stealth, agility, and mission scope in aircraft and weapon systems. The toolbox will be modular with interchangeable low-dimensional models and controller designs. During Phase I, our team has developed and demonstrated the technical merit and feasibility of four major components of the flow control system: the plant estimator, the performance output algorithm, the measurement algorithm, and the compensator. Phase II objectives include controller-in-the-loop CFD simulations that demonstrate robust, closed-loop control of aerodynamic forces on an airfoil using the system components developed in Phase I, advanced algorithms to extend control effectiveness over a wide range of flow conditions, and a toolbox framework of interfaces with CFD codes, model and controller libraries, and interfaces with control design software.

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