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DEP Aircraft Terminal Area Ride Quality/Safety of Operations Assessment Tool

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC19C0539
Agency Tracking Number: 193500
Amount: $124,864.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T15
Solicitation Number: STTR_19_P1
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-08-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-09-18
Small Business Information
34 Lexington Avenue
Ewing, NJ 08618-2302
United States
DUNS: 096857313
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Keller
 Senior Associate
 (609) 538-0444
Business Contact
 Helen Roberson
Phone: (228) 813-6680
Research Institution
 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
201 Old Main
University Park, PA 00000-0000
United States

 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)

Dynamic gust encounters due to urban terrain and/or neighboring aircraft presents a significant safety hazard for Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP) aircraft operating in Urban Air Mobility (UAM) environments.nbsp; DEP aircraft differ significantly from conventional single main rotor helicopters as they use multiple small rotors distributed over the airframe.nbsp; If a subset of these rotors experience large variations in inflow, the changing thrust produces upsetting moments in addition to changes in forces.nbsp; These disturbances have the potential to negatively affect ride quality or result in loss of control.nbsp; In addition, DEP aircraft have very complex wakes due to multiple rotor systems and aero surfaces that can interact in unforeseen ways with the unsteady wind and wakes near buildings and other nearby DEP aircraft.nbsp; The proposed effort is to add state-of-the-art, multiple rotorcraft wake and building airwake interaction software previously developed by the proposing team to our advanced DEP aircraft modeling and flight simulation software currently in use by government and industry to provide an additional capability to simulate wake/wind disturbances in urban environments and in proximity to other DEP aircraft with high fidelity within DEP aircraft flight simulation software.nbsp; The software will also provide a method to alleviate the impact of gust encounters on DEP aircraft early in the design phase through appropriate control law design using new linear model extraction methods.nbsp;

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