Fully Coupled DNS Study of Flow Separation Control over MAV with Flexible Lifting Surfaces

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-11-C-0139
Agency Tracking Number: F093-104-0816
Amount: $749,996.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-104
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
215 Wynn Dr., 5th Floor, Huntsville, AL, -
DUNS: 185169620
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 HQ Yang
 Chief Scientist
 (256) 726-4824
Business Contact
 Deborah Phipps
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (256) 726-4884
Email: dap@cfdrc.com
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: The objective of this SBIR project is to develop and demonstrate a first-principles-based Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) tool for the study of flow separation control over flexible lifting surfaces of Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs). The Phase I effort successfully adapted and validated a DoD open source, CoBi, for multiple DNS cases involving transition to turbulence, flow separation, and coupling with flexible surfaces. The fully coupled computational tool uses a DNS-based Navier-Stokes solver and a non-linear large deformation Finite Element-based structural solver to capture the flow physics around a flexible surface down to the Kolmogorov scale. The Phase II effort will involve several key modeling improvements including: higher order spatial and temporal schemes, turbulent Reynolds-stress-based solution adaptation, sliding grids, and a non-inertial reference frame. The aeroelasticity of an AFRL Generic MAV and its mass properties, aerodynamic coefficients, and stability derivatives will be analyzed using the coupled DNS-structural tool with the enhanced Phase II capabilities to complement an ongoing AFRL/MN MAV research effort. A mini propulsive wing with crossflow fan will be studied using the sliding grid and solution adaptation capabilities to predict flow separation and transition to turbulence at high angles of attack. With these new functionalities, the CoBi code could be used for wide range military applications in DoD, as well as commercial applications in civil aviation industry. BENEFIT: A capability to accurately predict and control the flow separation over a flexible lift surface of an MAV can lead to many potential commercial applications of MAV. The designed MAV can be used in an urban warfare environment to conduct reconnaissance in areas not accessible to larger aircraft, such as areas within buildings, to identify and segregate military targets versus areas having high civilian concentrations. It can also be used in environmental and traffic monitoring, countering drug trafficking, accident assessment, and wildlife/land management. Other applications include inspecting high elevation monuments, monitoring risk of first fires, and more generally interventions in constrained and hazardous environments, where it would be dangerous to send a human agent.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

Agency Micro-sites

SBA logo
Department of Agriculture logo
Department of Commerce logo
Department of Defense logo
Department of Education logo
Department of Energy logo
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Homeland Security logo
Department of Transportation logo
Environmental Protection Agency logo
National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo
National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government