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Predictive Model Based Control System for High-Speed Dynamic Airframe Testing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-23-C-0218
Agency Tracking Number: N211-014-1442
Amount: $899,880.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N211-014
Solicitation Number: 21.1
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-02-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2025-02-06
Small Business Information
3190 Fairview Park Drive Suite 650
Falls Church, VA 22042-4549
United States
DUNS: 010983174
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Emilio Matricciani
 (770) 516-7750
Business Contact
 Scott Bradfield
Phone: (703) 226-4061
Research Institution

TDA plans to develop a complete digital framework as necessary to include the model predictive control (MPC) system and digital twin (DT) ideas suitable for a virtual fatigue test of the full airframe of the H-60 rotorcraft. This digital engineering framework will virtually include all elements of a physical test including the test fixture, test article, loading system, control system, and sensor system for feedback.  TDA will demonstrate virtual fatigue test at the end of the Phase II effort incorporating MPC and DT, and show how high and low cycle fatigue loading cycles can be imparted to the test article at an accelerated rate while still retaining the overall structural behavior and response. TDA plans to demonstrate virtual testing for a full H-60 airframe in the Option period of the proposed Phase II effort. The long-term objective is to take this predictive control system and DT developed in the Phase II effort and extend it via later efforts for application to physical fatigue testing, starting with an H-60 tail cone test article, up to a full H-60 airframe.

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