Aerial Refueling Tanker and Receiver Aerodynamic Interaction Modeling and Simulation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-18-C-0007
Agency Tracking Number: N161-003-0498
Amount: $343,106.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N161-003
Solicitation Number: 2016.1
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-10-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-04-17
Small Business Information
46561 Expedition Drive, Lexington Park, MD, 20653
DUNS: 619354488
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Vess
 (301) 880-3341
Business Contact
 Carrie Willmore
Phone: (301) 880-3341
Research Institution
The ability to refuel piloted aircraft in flight is considered a strategic military asset and has been a critical element of success in nearly every US and NATO military engagement of the jet age. Equally important going forward will be the ability to perform Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) and refuel unmanned aircraft in flight. In order to properly set the requirements for AAR, a high-fidelity aerial refueling simulation is needed to predict performance and refine requirements. Modeling and simulation of aerial refueling provides an invaluable capability in designing and/or evaluating an AAR system allowing the Navy to accurately assess drogue stabilization, closure rates, turbulence and the bow wave effect, hose reel tension failure implications, and defining and predicting success rates. The proposed solution set forth in this effort involves developing a modified vortex lattice method (VLM) that is customized for calculating the incremental forces and moments on a generic receiver aircraft resulting from a non-uniform flow-field of a tanker aircraft. In the remainder of this proposal, this method is referred to as an incremental vortex lattice method or IVLM.

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