Flight Adaptive Blade for Optimum Rotor Response (FABFORR)

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CA07C
Agency Tracking Number: 095177
Amount: $599,840.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2009
Solitcitation Topic Code: A2.09
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Continuum Dynamics, Inc.
34 Lexington Avenue, Ewing, NJ, 08618-2302
Duns: 096857313
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert McKillip
 Principal Investigator
 (609) 609-0444
 bob@continuum-dynamics.com
Business Contact
 Barbara Agans
Title: Director, Bus Administration
Phone: (609) 538-0444
Email: barbara@continuum-dynamics.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
While past research has demonstrated the utility and benefits to be gained with the application of advanced rotor system control concepts, none have been implemented to date on a production military or commercial rotorcraft. A key contributor to this fact is the inherent cost associated with installation and maintenance of these control systems, since many system designs require the replacement of a helicopter's rotor blades, rotor hub components, or both. The proposed work addresses this deficiency through the development of an on-blade full-span camber control system that reaps many of the known benefits of advanced rotor control in a retrofit design approach that has the potential to achieve production status due to its lower risks and costs compared to previous system concepts. The design leverages past work in the use of smart-material actuated bistable tabs for rotor blade tracking, with a newer integral actuation concept that will lead toward a more robust and flightworthy design.

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