Aeroservoelastic Predictive Analysis Capability

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9302-07-C-0016
Agency Tracking Number: F061-314-3654
Amount: $748,162.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-314
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
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DUNS: 028281020
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Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Peter Thompson
 Chief Scientist
 (310) 679-2281
Business Contact
 Thomas Myers
Title: Vice-President & Technica
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. Modeling and simulation tools are available that combine elastic and aero dynamics, respectively with thousands and millions of degrees of freedom. Phase I work has demonstrated the feasibility of including a FCS and actuator models as part of the high fidelity simulation. The combined tool will more reliably predict adverse ASE interactions and can be used by the Air Force to improve flight-testing near envelope boundaries. Furthermore, a reduced order model (ROM) can be obtained of the aero dynamics for use in control system design and faster simulation. Software tools will be developed to implement combined elastic, aero, and FCS models, to create ROMs throughout a flight envelope, and for high fidelity maneuvers typical of a flight test. A fighter aircraft and its FCS will be used as an example problem, with sufficient fidelity to command aggressive maneuvers at a flight condition known to have limit cycle oscillations. A full envelope FCS design will be conducted with aerodynamics computed using the combined model.

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