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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$54,800.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
5973
Agency Tracking Number:
5973
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
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1607 W Fifth St - Ventura Coun, Oxnard, CA, 93030
Hubzone Owned:
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Minority Owned:
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Woman Owned:
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Duns:
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Principal Investigator:
JOSEPH J GERARDI
(805) 985-4846
Business Contact:
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Research Institute:
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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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