High Performance Flow Analysis and Control Tools for Aerial Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NND05AA03C
Agency Tracking Number: 034886
Amount: $599,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solitcitation Year: 2003
Solitcitation Topic Code: A6.01
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Techno-Sciences, Inc.
10001 Derekwood Ln, Lanham, MD, 20706-4388
Duns: 061997029
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gaurav Bajpai
 Principal Investigator
 (301) 577-6000
 bajpai@technosci.com
Business Contact
 Amy Hizoune
Title: VP, Finance
Phone: (301) 577-6000
Email: hizounea@technosci.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The objective of the project is to develop an open architecture, computer aided analysis and control design toolbox for distributed parameter systems, in particular, this effort aims at creating computational tools for emerging applications in aerodynamic analysis and control of high performance aerial vehicles. For small-unmanned aerial vehicles a well-designed network of micro actuators can enable aggressive performance not possible using traditional control surfaces such as ailerons, elevators, rudder and flaps. Even for larger aircraft the emerging paradigm of control involves an array of actuators and distributed sensing and actuation. In addition to enhanced performance these control architectures can provide greater redundancy to confront actuator failures. In Phase I, various aspects of the model definition, control parameterization, model reduction, control design and simulation for verification were illustrated for a benchmark problem. In addition, a computational architecture leveraging commonly available tools to the scientists/engineers was defined. The proposed toolbox in conjunction with commonly used general purpose software will provide designers the ability to seamlessly test control design for aerodynamic applications by integrating and automating several key steps in design cycle. These tools will find commercial applications not only in the emerging unmanned aerial vehicle industry but other land, sea and air vehicles as well.

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