SBIR Phase I: FLEXIBLE SURFACE DETURBULATOR FOR ENHANCING AUTOMOBILE FUEL EFFICIENCY

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0638157
Agency Tracking Number: 0638157
Amount: $0.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AM
Solicitation Number: NSF 06-553
Small Business Information
SINHATECH
3607 LYLES DR, # 286, OXFORD, MS, 38655
DUNS: 624539276
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Sumon Sinha
 PhD
 (662) 234-6248
 SumonKSinha@aol.com
Business Contact
 Sumon Sinha
Title: PhD
Phone: (662) 234-6248
Email: SumonKSinha@aol.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop a Flexible Composite Surface Deturbulator (FCSD) tape and methods for affixing it to road vehicles to reduce air resistance. The FCSD is a thin, non-powered device consisting of a flexible membrane stretched across an array of strips on a substrate. The back of the substrate can then be bonded to the surfaces of a road vehicle. In the presence of a large turbulent wake (as evidenced by a large plume of spray when driving on wet highways), behind a road vehicle, the Deturbulator reduces drag by making the air stagnant in this virtual boat-tail. Even though about 80% drag reduction has been observed in wind tunnel tests, a detailed analysis of the flow-deturbulator interaction will be performed in order to optimize the Deturbulator for long distance trucks. The drag reduction achieved with a Deturbulator Tape will attract potential users in the U.S. and abroad to immediately retrofit and counteract increasing fuel prices. It will also help reduce emissions of toxic pollutants and greenhouse gases (CO2) from trucks and automobiles.

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