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Morphing Duct Technology for High Speed VTOL

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-22-P-0795
Agency Tracking Number: FX20D-TCSO1-0277
Amount: $749,895.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AFX20D-TCSO1
Solicitation Number: X20.D
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-06-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-05-10
Small Business Information
519 W Second Street
Essington, PA 19029-1231
United States
DUNS: 002266609
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 James Duvall
 (610) 521-5700
Business Contact
 Vicki R. Myers
Phone: (610) 521-5700
Research Institution
 The Ohio State University
 Boyd Panton
1960 Kenny Road
Columbus, OH 43210-1016
United States

 (614) 687-8870
 Nonprofit College or University

Piasecki Aircraft Corporation, with the Ohio State University and Applied Impulse Incorporated propose designing a Morphing Duct for tilting ducted rotor High-Speed Vertical Take-Off and Landing (HSVTOL) vehicles. The Morphing Duct will use Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) wire actuators attached to the duct structure using Vaporizing Foil Actuator Welding (VFAW) technology. Morphing Ducts will enable HSVTOL vehicles to achieve higher speeds than current technology without sacrificing hover performance. Morphing Ducts work by varying the duct profile to have a hover geometry and a high-speed geometry. SMA wire actuators and VFAW technology enable Morphing Ducts by providing a simple, light-weight actuation system ideally suited to the Morphing Duct application.

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