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Rotorcraft Active Damage Identification and Control Augmentation for Life Extension (RADICALE)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-19-P-0189
Agency Tracking Number: A191-020-1415
Amount: $107,922.04
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A19-020
Solicitation Number: 19.1
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-05-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-02-12
Small Business Information
34 Lexington Avenue
Ewing, NJ 08618
United States
DUNS: 096857313
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Robert M Mckillip
 Senior Associate
 (609) 538-0444
Business Contact
 Barbara A. Agans
Phone: (609) 538-0444
Research Institution

Rotorcraft, both civilian and military, suffer from higher operating costs relative to their fixed-wing brethren due to cyclical loading that limits the useful lifetime of key structural components. Important recent advances in aeromechanics prediction capabilities, coupled with enhanced modeling of fatigue growth on life-limited parts, now allows development of a methodology both to predict real-time vibratory stresses, and to assess the required control input for the rotorcraft to help minimize these loads, thereby prolonging the lifetimes of highly stressed structures. This effort will combine state-of-the-art comprehensive rotorcraft modeling tools with innovative fatigue models to generate surrogate representation of stress and fatigue metrics that may be used to augment the flight control strategy of rotorcraft, leading to a lower maintenance burden, reduced operating costs, and enhanced operator safety. Validation of the approach will use existing detailed flight test data, demonstration of the control approach will leverage an existing fixed-base simulator, and transition of the technology will be guided with support from a current HUMS manufacturer.

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