Embedded Actuation and Sensing System (EASSy) for Gust Load Alleviation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-M-3636
Agency Tracking Number: F061-236-1757
Amount: $99,927.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-236
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
144 Research Drive, Hampton, VA, 23666
DUNS: 840701445
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Siva Mangalam
 (757) 220-5040
Business Contact
 Siva Mangalam
Title: President
Phone: (757) 220-5040
Email: siva@taosystem.com
Research Institution
Gust loads have a direct impact on the performance, wing structural weight and fatigue life of flight vehicles. Tao Systems proposes to develop an integrated embedded-actuation and (distributed) sensing system (EASSy) to measure, monitor, and control spanwise aerodynamic loading and wing-root bending moment of a flexible wing subjected to gust loads. EASSy will use surface hot-film signatures to measure the aerodynamic environment; active sensor circuit electronics will be used to measure and monitor structural response and accelerations; flight control will be accomplished with embedded actuators. The proposed approach will lead to a reduction in the wing structural weight, suppression of wing flutter, and the wing can be made mission-adaptable to achieve optimized aerodynamic efficiency for maximizing endurance or range of flight vehicles as well as their operational life. Rotorcraft and wind turbines, which face similar problems will also benefit from the innovation.

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