Acoustic Reduction of Flow Separation

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$600,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX11CC54C
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
090101
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
T2.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
TX, College Station, TX, 77840-4023
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
184758308
Principal Investigator:
Alan Cisar
Principal Investigator
(979) 764-2200
alan.cisar@lynntech.com
Business Contact:
G. Hisaw
Sr. Contracts Administrator
(979) 764-2218
renee.hisaw@lynntech.com
Research Institution:
University of Texas Dallas
Michelle Wilson
800 W. Campbell Rd, MP 15
Richardson, TX, 75080-3021
() -
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Airfoils produce more lift and less drag when the boundary layer is attached to the airfoil. With most aircraft there are combinations of airspeed and angle of attack where the boundary layer at least partially detaches from the airfoil. Reducing boundary layer detachment increases lift and reduce drag reducing fuel consumption and improving control for the pilot. Two methods known to improve boundary layer attachment are heating the air and supplying acoustic pressure at an airfoil dependent frequency.In Phase I we demonstrated that thin (<50µm) ribbons made from carbon nanotubes can be used to produce heating elements which can be heated and cooled hundreds of times per second. When properly located on the surface of a wing they can maximize boundary attachment as demonstrated by improvements of up to 20% in lift. In Phase II we will improve our understanding of the function of these thermoacoustic elements and demonstrate their durability and their effectiveness with larger components. In Phase I we demonstrated multifrequency sound generation on surfaces in a wind tunnel using nanotube heating elements, and achieving improved lift and TRL 3. Phase II will include medium scale wind tunnel tests verifying the effects and achieving TRL 5.

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