Aircraft Drag Reduction Using a MEMS-Based Flow Control Device

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 26147
Amount: $60,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1994
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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526 Clyde Ave, Mountain View, CA, 94043
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr Laurence R Keefe
 (415) 968-9457
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Research Institution
Drag reduction via active control of wing boundary layers will result in substantial performance and range improvements for both military and commercial aircraft. The increased efficiency will reduce costs in both sectors and increase profitability of commercial operations. Key to the success of an active control system is the development of a um scale flow control device suitable for implementing whatever control algorithms show best rag reduction results. Nielsen Engineering proposes to design, fabricate and demonstrate such a device. It will produce a general three velocity component control signal without need for surface deformation or deployment of suxiliary micro-flaps. The device will be fabricated using MEMS technology, and consideration will be given to identifying current capability deficiencies in available MEMS components as well as integration issues associated with construction and operation of arrays of these devices.

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