Robust Aeroservoelastic Control Utilizing Physics-Based Aerodynamic Sensing

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CI09P
Agency Tracking Number: 100047
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: T2.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Tao of Systems Integration, Inc.
VA, Hampton, VA, 23666-1339
DUNS: 840701445
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Arun Mangalam
 Principal Investigator
 (757) 220-5040
 arun@taosystems.us
Business Contact
 Arun Mangalam
Title: Business Official
Phone: (757) 220-5040
Email: arun@taosystems.us
Research Institution
 Regents of the University of Minnesota
 Kevin McKoskey
 450 McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street South East
Minneapolis, MN, 55455-55455
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 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
New aircraft designs depend on an integrated active approach to flight control, flutter suppression and structural mode attenuation to meet desired handling quality performance and gust load alleviation. Tao Systems will team with Professor Gary Balas at the University of Minnesota to (1) develop a robust controller that demonstrates improved aerostructural performance over the state-of-the-art by utilizing a novel aerodynamic load sensor, and (2) provide a robust linear parameter varying controller that (a) requires no ad hoc methods of gain-scheduling, (b) provides robustness guarantees that more traditional methods do not offer, and (c) allows for explicit rate bounds enabling less conservative, higher performing controller designs. The benefits include improvement of aerodynamic and structural efficiency using robust aeroservoelastic control methods over a range of flight speeds, in the presence of significant turbulence.

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