Plasma Enhanced Aerodynamics and Actuator Health Monitoring for Aerospace Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-C-0267
Agency Tracking Number: N092-144-0813
Amount: $315,497.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N092-144
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
PO Box 6971, Chesterfield, MO, -
DUNS: 126752018
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mehul Patel
 Vice President - Advanced
 (480) 247-6611
Business Contact
 Alan Cain
Title: President
Phone: (314) 373-3311
Research Institution
The primary goal of the Phase II program to advance plasma-enhanced aerodynamic control (PEAC) concepts, methods, and techniques to improve V-22 Osprey wing aerodynamics that directly impact efficient cruise and hover. Replacing passive vortex generators with active, dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma actuators on the V-22 wing, in particular, could result in dramatic improvements in the cruise efficiency and range; this also provides for maximum impact and transitionability to flight test demonstrations. Specific technology development areas in the Phase II program will include plasma actuator materials and designs, active flow control (AFC) methods, and a plasma actuator health monitoring system that is suitable for flight applications. PEAC component technologies will be developed, demonstrated, and integrated into a prototype V-22 wing demonstration system. Other performance benefits will be explored by applying plasma actuators on the wing-flap and fuselage sections of the V-22 aircraft which will impact aerodynamic download and vehicle drag.

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