General Feedback Control for Distributed Flow Control Devices

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-05-M-3540
Award Id:
73214
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-243-0831
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
4415 Euclid Avenue, Suite 500, Cleveland, OH, 44103
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
557510336
Principal Investigator:
Rich Kolacinski
Director, Controls Group
(216) 649-0399
kolacinski@orbitalresearch.com
Business Contact:
Joseph Snyder II
Vice President, Administration
(216) 649-0399
snyder@orbitalresearch.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
ORI proposes a preliminary design of a micro air vehicle (MAV) with integrated active flow control actuators and feedback control system to control longitudinal dynamics of the vehicle without conventional flight control surfaces. The proposed hierarchical control system is composed of Intelligent Control Modules (ICMs) for regulation of local flow behavior and a Global Control System (GCS) for coordination of individual ICM actions providing necessary vehicle stability and control. Empirical data gathered during wind tunnel studies of a model MAV will provide the foundation for the proposed control system. Phase I of the program will design a micro actuator control system integrated with an MAV to control performance utilizing a proposed advanced, nonlinear hierarchical control system to direct the behavior of multiple AFC devices. Increased performance with respect to some or all of the following will be estimated: range, payload weight, payload volume, landing speed, loiter time, and maneuverability. In Phase II the MAV will be constructed and demonstrated in flight and in wind tunnel tests over a range of flight conditions. Increased performance attributable to the AFC, relative will be quantified and documented.

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