Aeroservoelastic Predictive Analysis Capability

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9302-06-M-0006
Agency Tracking Number: F061-314-3654
Amount: $99,962.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-314
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
13766 S. Hawthorne Blvd., Hawthorne, CA, 90250
DUNS: 028281020
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Peter Thompson
 Chief Scientist
 (310) 679-2281
Business Contact
 Thomas Myers
Title: Vice President
Phone: (310) 679-2281
Research Institution
Modern flight control systems (FCSs) augment aircraft dynamics so the pilot can more effectively accomplish complex missions. These handling and performance benefits typically use high gain control systems that can result in adverse aeroservoelastic (ASE) interactions. Improvements in ASE modeling will improve flight envelope predictions, during both the design and flight test phases of a program. Modeling and simulation tools are available that combine aero and structural dynamics, but none include the FCS. A modification to an existing aero/structural software package is proposed that will do this, both for simulation and for estimation of reduced order models. This combined tool will more reliably predict adverse ASE interactions and can be used by the Air Force to improve flight-testing near envelope boundaries. The feasibility of this combined approach will be demonstrated in Phase I. High order actuator models are needed and will be included to correctly interface the FCS with the aerodynamic and structural parts. A fighter aircraft and its FCS will be added to the existing software, with sufficient fidelity to command aggressive maneuvers, at a flight condition known to have limit cycle oscillations. The Phase II effort will convert this general capability into a commercially viable tool.

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