Mechanized Skins for Morphing Aircraft Structures

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9550-06-C-0132
Agency Tracking Number:
F064-013-0280
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF06-T013
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
TECHNO-SCIENCES, INC.
11785 Beltsville Drive, 9th Floor, Beltsville, MD, 20705
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
061997029
Principal Investigator:
Peter Chen
Principal Investigator
(240) 790-0608
chenp@technosci.com
Business Contact:
Amy Hizoune
VP, Finance
(240) 790-0609
aph@technosci.com
Research Institution:
UNIV. OF MARYLAND
Norman Wereley
Dept of Aerospace Engineering
College Park, MD, 20742
(301) 405-1927
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Techno-Sciences, Inc. (TSi), in collaboration with the Smart Structures Laboratory of the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center at the University of Maryland (UMD), proposes to develop an innovative mechanized skin technology for large-scale area changes in morphing UAVs. The pneumatically driven morphing skin (PDMS) system will exploit superior performance characteristics of McKibben actuators, in conjunction with a new deformable and passive material, compliant matrix composite (CMC), to produce a morphing system capable of large, sustainable deformations. This proposed device efficiently marries a novel skin material with a high force and high stroke pneumatic artificial muscle (PAM) to establish a foundation for mechanized skins for morphing aircraft structures.

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