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Aero-Mechanical Force Emulator

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-19-P-0659
Agency Tracking Number: F191-058-1247
Amount: $149,981.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF191-058
Solicitation Number: 19.1
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-06-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-06-20
Small Business Information
4900 Lang Avenue NE, Suite 100 Suite 100
Albuquerque, NM 87109
United States
DUNS: 794350025
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Nicholas De Lucca
 Research Scientist
 (937) 684-4100
Business Contact
 Robert W. Praus II
Phone: (505) 245-9970
Research Institution

For this Phase I proposal, MZA and Etegent Technologies Inc. have teamed to leverage our complementary skill sets and put together a comprehensive force emulation solution for ELTF. MZA has extensive experience in the quantification and analysis of DE aero-effects data. This includes pressure loading and finite element analysis to predict the jitter performance beam directors, including ways to abstract complex disturbance phenomenon down to reduced order models for system performance prediction and evaluation. Etegent Technologies compliments these skills by with their expertise in vibration emulation and mechanical response characterization. Our combined efforts will be directed towards using existing aero-effects data to develop method for reducing generic disturbance data to a reduced order model that can be input to highly-configurable force emulator system. We will use a FEM model of a surrogate beam director to show the validity of this reduced order disturbance model, and perform a proof-of-concept test with a single actuator to show our ability to successfully emulate aero-mechanical forces. The last part of our Phase I effort will be preliminary design tasks that can feed into a prototype model. This will include studies of suitable actuators and sizing of a system from space limitations at ELTF.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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