General Feedback Control for Distributed Flow Control Devices

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-M-3540
Agency Tracking Number: F051-243-0831
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-243
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
ORBITAL RESEARCH, INC.
4415 Euclid Avenue, Suite 500, Cleveland, OH, 44103
DUNS: 557510336
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Rich Kolacinski
 Director, Controls Group
 (216) 649-0399
 kolacinski@orbitalresearch.com
Business Contact
 Joseph Snyder II
Title: Vice President, Administration
Phone: (216) 649-0399
Email: 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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