Aerodynamic Efficiency Enhancements for Air Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$600,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NND06AB83C
Agency Tracking Number:
040030
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
T2.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
KALSCOTT Engineering, Inc.
PO Box 3426, Lawrence, KS, 66046-0000
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
108339966
Principal Investigator:
Tom Sherwood
Principal Investigator
(785) 979-1113
tom.sherwood@kalscott.com
Business Contact:
Tom Sherwood
President
(785) 979-1113
tom.sherwood@kalscott.com
Research Institution:
North Carolina State University
Not Available
Research Administration/SPARCS, 2701 Sullivan Drive
Raleigh, NC, 27695
(919) 515-2444
Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
The need for aerodynamics-based efficiency enhancements for air vehicles is presented. The results of the Phase I investigation of concepts for morphing aircraft are discussed. Morphing enables the aircraft to optimize its configuration for various flight regimes. This translates to benefits in range, endurance, manueuvering and speed characteristics of the air vehicle. Using simulations, live testing, and benchtop hardware development, the feasibility of the concepts was established in Phase I. In Phase II, key additions to the design, such as trailing edge flaps, and an intelligent, sense-and-adapt method to achieve continuous aerodynamic optimization flight testing will be integrated. Wind tunnel testing and flight testing will be performed to refine and finalize the designs.

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