A COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS TOOL FOR DUCTED PROPELLERS

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: NASA1455
Amount: $69,399.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3146 Greenwood Road, Ames, IA, 50014
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 ANGELA LESTARI
 ENGINEER
 (515) 292-0147
 sukra@sukra-helitek.com
Business Contact
 RS Nappinnai
Title: PRESIDENT
Phone: (515) 292-9646
Email: nappi@sukra-helitek.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The use of ducted propellers as the quiet propulsive device for UnmannedAerial Vehicles (UAV) is steadily gaining popularity. Their successful application as the fenestron tail rotor is global and well established.This research proposes a comprehensive analysis tool for ducted propellers.In Phase I, an axially symmetric Navier-Stokes flow solver capable of analyzing the ducted fan in climb, hover and descent will be developedand integrated with an intutive graphical user interface. The rotor will bemodeled as an axis-symmetric momentum source in the governing equations. An automated grid generation based on the geomtric characteristics of the duct will be an integral part of the tool. In Phase II, the analysis tool will be extended to non-axial forward flight conditions.

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