2nd Law Based Design and Analysis Tools for Optimization of Aerospace Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-C-3537
Agency Tracking Number: F041-245-3016
Amount: $849,931.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-245
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
M4 ENGINEERING, INC.
2161 Gundry Avenue, Signal Hill, CA, 90755
DUNS: 133626544
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Myles Baker
 President
 (562) 981-7797
 myles.baker@m4-engineering.com
Business Contact
 Maureen Baker
Title: Vice President
Phone: (562) 981-7797
Email: maureen.baker@m4-engineering.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The proposed effort builds on an existing multidisciplinary optimization (MDO) framework for high speed air vehicles to investigate the applicability of 2nd law based optimization criteria to vehicle design. This will result in a multidisciplinary analysis and optimization process focused on the second-law assessment and improvement of aerospace vehicles. The existing MDO framework will be modified to allow calculation of 2nd law based system figures of merit, and to determine the mechanisms and subsystems responsible for vehicle performance losses and inefficencies. An analysis and optimization of two hypersonic vehicles will be performed using the new method as well as a conventional weight based optimization. The results of these applications will be used to identify strengths of exergy based methods for optimization of flight vehicles.

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