An External Pressure Data System for Complex and Dynamic Surfaces

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-11-C-0040
Agency Tracking Number: A111-004-0840
Amount: $99,858.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11-004
Solicitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
15235 Diamondhead Court, Suite 202, Colorado Springs, CO, -
DUNS: 099021086
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sudarshana Koushik
 Senior Engineer
 (240) 997-1911
Business Contact
 William Eckert
Title: President
Phone: (719) 201-2601
Research Institution
A proposed new external pressure measurement data system for rotors and wings will use COTS components and specially designed hardware and software. The new measurement data system consists of two parts; a glove-like surface treatment that contains the pressure measurement devices and wires passing to a recording device on the moving rotor blade (or wing) and a rotating data acquisition and storage system. Recovery of high quality data measured in the fixed frame is accomplished by downloading to a portable computer after the rotor is stopped. This simple but novel approach ensures high data quality at low cost because the system is adaptable to existing rotors and wings, without extensive modification of rotor blades. Because slip rings are not required to transfer the rotating data to the fixed frame, there is a high probability of high quality results. In Phase I, a design will be developed and key components of the proposed design will be validated. In Phase II, a prototype design is built, tested, and applied in a research rotor test.

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