Active Damping System to Attenuate Structural Dynamic Effects in Wind Tunnel Tests

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9101-05-M-0033
Agency Tracking Number: F051-297-0300
Amount: $99,950.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-297
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center, Andover, MA, 01810
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Magill
 Principal Research Engineer
 (978) 689-0003
Business Contact
 B. Green
Title: President R&D Operations
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution
Physical Sciences Inc. proposes to develop an active damping system to attenuate structural dynamics in wind tunnel mounts. These structural oscillations are driven by aerodynamic loads, and can diminish the quality of wind tunnel data and limit the speeds at which tests can be conducted safely. We propose to develop an active damping system that can be integrated into a sting or similar mounting structure component. The complete closed-loop control system will including sensors, actuators, and an embedded microcontroller. In Phase I we will select commercially-available components suitable for our damping scheme, formulate from them a conceptual design, and show through simulation that it can damp aeroelastic instabilities. We will then build a subscale sting model and demonstrate experimentally that our approach is viable. We will end Phase I with a conceptual design of the active sting system to be developed, tested, and delivered to AEDC in Phase II.

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