Flex-Skins Using Cellular Cores (XSCL)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-07-C-0074
Agency Tracking Number: F064-013-0042
Amount: $749,974.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-T013
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2780 Skypark Drive, Suite 400, Torrance, CA, 90505
DUNS: 106823607
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 JAY KUDVA
 Principal Investigator
 (310) 891-2894
 jkudva@nextgenaero.com
Business Contact
 Zoltan Feher
Title: Manager, Contracts and Pricing
Phone: (310) 626-8384
Email: zfeher@nextgenaero.com
Research Institution
 PENN STATE UNIV.
 John McKee
 101 Hammond Bldg
University Park, PA, 16802
 (814) 863-8099
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Consistent with the solicitation, the top level program objective of this STTR is to demonstrate the viability and benefits of morphing wing skin designs incorporating cellular cores with tailor-able geometry and material properties. NextGen Aeronautics and Penn State University plan to build on our Phase I work and propose to mature our concepts and designs for a shear-morphing skin to a TRL of 5-6 in this Phase II effort. The NextGen/PSU program, indicative of our technical approach, is entitled "Flexible Skins Using Cellular Cores (XSCL)." In Phase I, the NextGen/PSU team focused on laying a strong analytical foundation for developing optimal designs as well as investigating design approaches to reduce manufacturing complexity and actuation force requirements while simultaneously reducing the panel weight. We developed a novel, hybrid core design consisting of closely-spaced, long flexible strands with hexagonal cells in the central region, connected to stiff members in the perpendicular direction. In Phase II, we will pursue an iterative design-built-test approach and address optimization of the panel at multiple levels - core, core with attached face-sheets and boundary elements, and large panels. The final milestone in this program is the test of large, integrated panel under realistic operational loads.

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