Robust Aeroservoelastic Control Utilizing Physics-Based Aerodynamic Sensing

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX12CB02C
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
100047
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
T2.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
VA, Hampton, VA, 23666-1339
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
840701445
Principal Investigator:
Arun Mangalam
Principal Investigator
(757) 220-5040
arun@taosystems.us
Business Contact:
Arun Mangalam
Business Official
(757) 220-5040
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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Domestic nonprofit research organization
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 current state-of-the-art techniques 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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