MEMS Actuated Deployable Strakes for Slender Bodies

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 41046
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1998
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
11000 Cedar Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44106
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Frederick Lisy
 (216) 791-6749
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Research Institution
Several deployable flow control devices which utilize various MEMs actuators will be designed to enhance the performance capabilities of slender cylindrical bodies with 3:1 ratio tangent ogive nose cone at high angles of attack. The flow control devices will be integrated with a feedback/predictive controller and an integrated array of pressure sensors. The controller will deploy the flow control devices inducing boundary layer transition. The influences of the controlled deployment of the flow control devices on unsteady vortex shedding will be evaluated. The goal of the flow control strategies are to create symmetrical vortex shedding around the nose cone, thus reducing pressure differentials and the resulting yaw forces which cause significant instabilities for missiles (and aircraft) at high angles of attack. The engineer prototype will be tested in a wind tunnel at The Ohio State University. Several flow control strategies will be tested. At least for flow control devices and five MEMs actuators will be evaluated. During this program , the controller will demonstrate its ability to respond to pressure sensor inputs. The ability to control boundary layer transition and vortex shedding will be determined by flow visualization, photogrammetric techniques and static port pressure measurements.

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