Smart Structures Technology Development for Micrometeorite Detection

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$625,455.00
Award Year:
1998
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
28186
Agency Tracking Number:
28186
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
244 Langmuir Lab 95 Brown Rd, Ithaca, NY, 14850
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Daniel A. Pruzan
(607) 257-0533
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The performance of virtually all aircraft can be significantly improved through the management and control of detached airflow using vortex generation. Through vortex management, gains such as a one to two percent decrease in operation expense as well as increased payload and range are quite reasonable. The primary objective of the proposed research is to specify and design a shape memory alloy (SMA) based vortex generator and develop useful closed-loop vortex manipulation system in the laboratory. This system will consist of a vortex manipulation device, Innovative Dynamics, Inc.'s vortex sensor array and processing unit. The Phase I effort will emphasize a controllable vane vortex generator made of SMA. Further development of vortex generators and control algorithms will take place during Phase II and inflight testing during Phase III. Successful development of a closed-loops vortex control system would lead to active systems that will significantly increase the performance of the aircraft fleet as a whole, in particular it would improve efficiency and increase safety.

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