Mechanized Skins for Morphing Aircraft Structures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-06-C-0132
Agency Tracking Number: F064-013-0280
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-T013
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
11785 Beltsville Drive, 9th Floor, Beltsville, MD, 20705
DUNS: 061997029
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Peter Chen
 Principal Investigator
 (240) 790-0608
Business Contact
 Amy Hizoune
Title: VP, Finance
Phone: (240) 790-0609
Research Institution
 Norman Wereley
 Dept of Aerospace Engineering
College Park, MD, 20742
 (301) 405-1927
 Nonprofit college or university
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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