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Distributed Electric Propulsion enabled UAM Aircraft Design Tool (DEPU-T)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-21-P-0152
Agency Tracking Number: FX20D-TCSO1-0350
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AFX20D-TCSO1
Solicitation Number: X20.D
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-12-03
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-06-03
Small Business Information
15400 Calhoun Drive Suite 190
Rockville, MD 20855-2814
United States
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Nikhil Nigam
 (301) 294-4255
Business Contact
 Mark James
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Research Institution
 Stanford University
 Dr. Juan Alonso
Durand Building, 496 Lomita Mall, Main Office: Room 202
Stanford, CA 94305-0000
United States

 (650) 723-2107
 Nonprofit College or University

Urban Air Mobility (UAM) concepts are flooding the market in anticipation of huge demand in the near future. Most of the concepts for UAM aircraft focus on VTOL/VSTOL configurations with Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP). However, the multidisciplinary interactions involved and the ability to utilize the distributed propulsors for improved control are not fully understood. Moreover, noise considerations which are critical for UAM acceptance, are often neglected during design. To achieve this and use such capabilities in design, we are developing DEPU-T, a design optimization architecture that includes multidisciplinary multi-fidelity analyses for integrated airframe-DEP design. This technology, if successful, can push the state of the art in UAM aircraft concept design and DEP enabled aircraft in general. These concepts are equally relevant for the Air Force, where new aircraft designs using multi-propulsor configurations can benefit from improved aerodynamics, controls and noise signatures.

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