Wind Tunnel Balance Correction for Structural Motion Effects

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$124,957.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9101-12-M-0003
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
F112-187-2039
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF112-187
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
4020 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
133626544
Principal Investigator:
Kevin Roghen
Vice President of Engineering
(562) 981-7797
kevin.roughen@m4-engineering.com
Business Contact:
Kevin Roughen
Vice President of Engineering
(562) 981-7797
kevin.roughen@m4-engineering.com
Research Institution:
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Abstract
ABSTRACT: M4 Engineering proposes to develop a method for accurately correcting wind tunnel force measurements by removing the inertial component of load. This effort will effectively utilize novel sensors to determine inertial loads due to excitation of multiple structural dynamic modes resulting from a broadband loading environment. This work will include demonstration of the proposed technology on a hardware prototype CTS system. The proposed development will create an excellent compliment to modern test and analysis methods. BENEFIT: The proposed development has the potential to dramatically improve the wind tunnel testing process for aerospace vehicles. Demand for this capability will be found in the government and at major airframe manufacturers. Phase II development will result in a commercial package including sensors and processing software that satisfies this demand. Application of these methods to wind tunnel testing data will result in increased accuracy and therefore improved prediction of vehicle behavior during development, testing, and service. One commercialization strategy currently being pursued by M4 Engineering is combination of advanced data processing techniques and additional sensors with existing strain gage based balances. M4 Engineering has begun discussions with leading balance manufacturers as well as airframe developers on potential commercial offerings based on wind tunnel measurement technology developed at M4. Satisfying this existing demand will provide a tremendous commercial potential for this technology.

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