A SOLID STATE AUTONOMOUS ICE PROTECTION SYSTEM FOR ALL-WEATHER RPV'S

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 5973
Amount: $54,800.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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Principal Investigator
 JOSEPH J GERARDI
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Abstract
INCREASED PERFORMANCE DEMANDS BEING MADE ON RPV'S WILL SOON REQUIRE AN ALL-WEATHER ICE PROTECTION CAPABILITY. THE OBJECT OF OUR STUDY WILL BE TO APPLY UNIQUE ICING SENSOR AND ICE PROTECTION TECHNOLOGIES WHICH WERE DEVELOPED BY INNOVATIVE DYNAMICS (IDC) UNDER A RECENT NASA SBIR CONTRACT. WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY DEICED A RPV TYPE WING SECTION LEADING EDGE DURING PRELIMINARY TESTS PERFORMED WITHIN OUR ICING RESEARCH LAB. THE SYSTEM EMPLOYED TO REMOVE ICE FROM THE RPV WING SECTION MOCK-UP IS CALLED RODIS: RESONANT OSCILLATORY DEICING SYSTEM. THIS STUDY WILL DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF USING RODIS AS AN EFFECTIVE ICE PROTECTION SYSTEM FOR RPV'S, AS WELL AS A MEANS OF EMPLOYING SOLID STATE SENSORS AND ACTUATORS AS KEY RODIS SYSTEM COMPONENTS. A LAB MODEL WING SECTION WILL BE CONSTRUCTED TO DEMONSTRATE THE CLOSED LOOP (STATIC) DETECTION & REMOVAL OF GLAZE AND RIME ICE. THIS IS WILL PAVE THE WAY TOWARDS DEVELOPING AN AUTONOMOUS ICE PROTECTION SYSTEM FOR RPV'S WITH LOW-COST AND LIGHTWEIGHT-SOLID STATE COMPONENTS.

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