Novel Actuators for Active Aerodynamic Control of Gun Fired Munitions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-07-C-0043
Agency Tracking Number: A062-050-2463
Amount: $120,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-050
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
4415 Euclid Avenue, Suite 500, Cleveland, OH, 44103
DUNS: 557510336
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mehul Patel
 Director, Aerodynamics Group
 (216) 649-0399
 patel@orbitalresearch.com
Business Contact
 Joseph Snyder II
Title: Vice President, Administration
Phone: (216) 649-0399
Email: snyder@orbitalresearch.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Orbital Research Inc. proposes to develop a Low-Cost Miniature Control Actuator System (MCAS) for active aerodynamic control of gun-fired munitions. The proposed MCAS will employ active flow-control actuators to decrease dispersion and enhance end-game maneuverability of Army's current projectile systems. In recent years, Orbital Research has developed state-of-the-art actuators such as deployable control devices (miniature strakes/spoilers/flaps), plasma actuators, and active-vents for innovative flow-control applications. In this program, we propose to leverage our AFC actuator technologies and use an innovative flow tailoring approach to demonstrate the feasibility of a low-cost MCAS on a representative projectile using a combination of CFD and wind tunnel experiments, and 6-DOF flight simulations. Phase II will include high-speed wind tunnel tests, advanced flight simulations, g-hardening, and rail/air-gun tests of the most promising actuator design, leading to a full-scale prototype design of a fully-functional MCAS.

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