Deployable Engine Air-Brake for Drag Management Applications

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$694,444.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX13CC78C
Agency Tracking Number:
114851
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A2.03
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ATA Engineering, Inc.
11995 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA, 92130-2566
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
133709001
Principal Investigator:
Parthiv Shah
Principal Investigator
(858) 480-2101
parthiv.shah@ata-e.com
Business Contact:
Eric Blades
Business Official
(256) 325-1116
eric.blades@ata-e.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
ATA Engineering, Inc., (ATA) proposes a Phase II SBIR program to demonstrate an innovative engine air-brake (EAB) technology that uses a deployable swirl vane mechanism to switch the operation of a turbofan engine nozzle from a conventional mode to a "drag management" mode. Equivalent drag (via thrust reduction) results from the strong radial pressure gradient created by swirl vanes that are aerodynamically "invisible" during conventional operation and introduced during a drag management maneuver. Such "drag on demand" enables operational benefits such as slower, steeper, and/or aeroacoustically cleaner flight on approach, addressing NASA's need for active and passive control of aeroacoustic noise sources for conventional and advanced aircraft configurations. In Phase I ATA successfully designed an integrated vane-nozzle for a NASA high bypass ratio nozzle. To advance the technology readiness level (TRL) , ATA has formed a partnership with Williams International (WI), a manufacturer of small jet engines and industry leader in the small business jet market. The ATA/WI team will apply the Phase I design approach to the WI FJ44-4 mixed flow turbofan which is selected as a demonstration test article to move the TRL to 5–6 by the end Phase II.

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