High Performance Flow Analysis and Control Tools for Aerial Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,999.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NND04AA44C
Agency Tracking Number:
034886
Solicitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Topic Code:
A6.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Techno-Sciences Inc
10001 Derekwood Ln, Lanham, MD, 20706-4864
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
061997029
Principal Investigator:
Gaurav Bajpai
Principal Investigator
(301) 577-6000
bajpai@technosci.com
Business Contact:
Amy Hizoune
VP, Finance
(301) 577-6000
hizounea@technosci.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The objective of the project is the design and development of an open architecture, computer aided control design toolbox for distributed parameter systems, in particular to aerodynamic control for high performance applications in aerial vehicles. Especially, for unmanned aerial vehicles, small actuators can have a big aerodynamic impact. An effective controlled network of distributed micro actuators and sensors can enable aggressive performance not possible through traditional control surfaces like aileron, elevator, rudder and flaps. Even for larger aircraft the emerging paradigm for control involves an array of actuators and distributed sensing. In addition to enhanced performance this provides much greater redundancy that can be utilized to confront battle damage or actuator and sensor failures in commercial jet liners. We propose the use of integrated set of computing tools including 3D drawing tools, symbolic processing tools, numerical tools and visualization software for 3D animated graphics for the development. With continuing advances in distributed actuation and sensing technologies these tools will find widespread application in emerging unmanned aerial vehicle industry. The toolbox in conjunction with commonly used numerical software will provide designers the ability to seamlessly test control design by integrating and automating several key steps in the design cycle.

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