Aerodynamic Efficiency Enhancements for Air Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NND06AB83C
Agency Tracking Number: 040030
Amount: $600,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: T2.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
PO Box 3426, Lawrence, KS, 66046-0000
DUNS: 108339966
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tom Sherwood
 Principal Investigator
 (785) 979-1113
 tom.sherwood@kalscott.com
Business Contact
 Tom Sherwood
Title: President
Phone: (785) 979-1113
Email: 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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