Automated Design Optimization for Hypersonic Plasma-Aerodynamics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-04-C-0117
Agency Tracking Number: F045-009-0128
Amount: $99,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-T009
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
HYPERCOMP, INC.
31255 Cedar Valley Drive, Suite 327, Westlake Village, CA, 91362
DUNS: 005100560
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Ramakanth Munipalli
 Member Technical Staff
 (818) 865-3718
 mrk@hypercomp.net
Business Contact
 Vijaya Shankar
Title: Vice-President
Phone: (818) 865-3713
Email: vshankar@hypercomp.net
Research Institution
 University of Texas at Arlington
 Donald R Wilson
 Box 19018, 500 W. First St., 211 Woolf Hl
Arlington, TX, 76019
 (817) 272-2072
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Recent years have witnessed a resurgence of interest in MHD and plasma augmentation of hypersonic flows, for applications in active flow control, power generation and flow acceleration. HyPerComp Inc. has been at the forefront of comprehensive physical modeling efforts pertaining to MHD flow simulations. Here, we propose a teaming arrangement with the University of Texas at Arlington, and the NASA-Ames Research Center to study design optimization techniques in the context of hypersonic MHD. In Phase-I, a master set of adjoint equations will be formulated for the class of MHD problems with low magnetic Reynolds number. Sample internal flow (on-board MHD power generator) and external flow (inlet flow control) problems will be used to demonstrate the effectiveness of these techniques in 2-D. In Phase-II, techniques developed in phase-I will be interfaced with the parallel unstructured mesh MHD codes developed under prior AFOSR contracts, with automatic mesh movement and graphical user interfaces to assist with code execution. Provisions for arbitrary magnetic Reynolds number will make the technique more generally applicable. There are lucrative alternative markets to which this development can be applied.

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