Development of Tools and Methods for Characterizing the Impact of Control Surface Free-Play on Flutter

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-12-C-0216
Agency Tracking Number: N10A-003-0352
Amount: $499,178.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N10A-T003
Solicitation Number: 2010.A
Small Business Information
2716 SE 5th St, Suite 3, Ames, IA, -
DUNS: 801382115
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jerald Vogel
 CTO
 (515) 290-4633
 jerald.vogel.vsiaero@gmail.com
Business Contact
 Atul Kelkar
Title: CEO
Phone: (515) 450-8997
Email: vsiaero@gmail.com
Research Institution
 Iowa State University
 Laura Carabillo
 1138 Pearson Hall
Ames, IN, 50011-
 (515) 294-5535
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This STTR is aimed at developing methods and tools to characterize the impact of free-play on control surface flutter and overall stability and performance of the system. A successful completion of this two-phased STTR effort will lead to a modeling, analysis, design, and simulation tool that will provide a state-of-the-art capability for stability and performance analysis for any generic control surface configuration with free-play. It will also provide an optimal design capability for the design of control surfaces for new platforms. The modularity of the tool will allow model generation with varying degrees of fidelity using a combination of analytical, computational, and experimental identification methods. The nonlinear dynamic analysis capabilities in the tool will include newly developed nonlinear analysis techniques which will enable optimization of the design space for control surfaces as well as accurate predictions of stability and performance boundaries for existing platforms. The final product is envisioned to be a software that can: Model, simulate, and analyze the existing control surface geometries with free play and provide stability and performance assessment through useful metric. Optimally design new control surfaces for a specified stability and performance robustness with least restrictive free-play specifications.

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