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Robust Aeroservoelastic Control Utilizing Physics-Based Aerodynamic Sensing

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX12CB02C
Agency Tracking Number: 100047
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T2.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-06-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-03-31
Small Business Information
VA
Hampton, VA 23666-1339
United States
DUNS: 840701445
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Arun Mangalam
 Principal Investigator
 (757) 220-5040
 arun@taosystems.us
Business Contact
 Arun Mangalam
Title: Business Official
Phone: (757) 220-5040
Email: 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
United States

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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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