Reconfigurable Flight Controls

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$49,988.00
Award Year:
1993
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
20528
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Systems Technology, Inc.
13766 S. Hawthorne Blvd., Hawthorne, CA, 90250
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
David G. Mitchell
(310) 679-2281
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
For the military helicopter in combat, the loss of a control surface under any circumstance usually translates into either an emergency landing or complete loss of control. A critical factor in determining the pilot's chance of maintaining control is the level of redundancy in control effectors, or more correctly, the lack of such redundancy. Unlike fixed-wing aircraft, the control effectors on the conventional helicopter are integrated, so that, in the event of a failure, the pilot's task of determining the proper control strategies and continuing to a safe landing is extremely difficult. There is a potential for assisting the pilot on future designs by implementing reconfigurable flight control system (RFCS) algorithms. Such approaches are showing promise for fixed-wing aircraft; their application to helicpoters, however, requires a recognition of the distinct differences between fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft controls and responses. This proposal presents an approach to the subject starting with demonstrating the feasibility of producing a controllable impaired aircraft. If funded, the Phase I work will examine all possible failures for a current helicopter, focusig on one example critical failure. For this failure the feasible flight control laws to provide Level 3 (or better) flying qualities will be dveloped.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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