Plasma Fairings for Quieting Aircraft Landing Gear Noise

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$124,999.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX13CL22P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
125455
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
A3.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
MO, Chesterfield, MO, 63006-6971
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
126752018
Principal Investigator:
ChrisNelson
Principal Investigator
(425) 778-7853
ccnelson@ITACLLC.com
Business Contact:
AlanCain
President
(314) 373-3311
abcain@itacllc.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
A major component of airframe noise for commercial transport aircraft is the deployed landing gear. The noise from the gear originates due to complex, unsteady bluff body flow separation from gear components and the subsequent multiple interactions of unsteady wakes with downstream undercarriage elements. The object of this SBIR effort is to develop and advance a novel 'plasma fairing' technology for quieting landing gear noise. The concept deals with the use of single dielectric barrier discharge (SDBD) plasma actuators to reduce noise associated with bluff body separation around the gear. SDBD plasma actuators will be employed either in the form of spanwise-orientated actuators or plasma streamwise vortex generators (PSVGs) to suppress surface pressure fluctuations, and consequently flow-induced noise, on a representative landing gear model. Our Phase I effort will involve a combination of numerical and experimental studies to be conducted at Innovative Technology Applications Company, LLC and the University of Notre Dame, respectively, in order to advance the design and optimization of 'plasma fairings' from a simple geometry (tandem circular cylinder) to a more complex/realistic landing gear geometry (e.g., the Gulfstream G550 nose gear). A combination of DES numerical simulations and wind tunnel experiments is expected to provide a clear demonstration of the plasma fairing performance for noise reduction, while providing a clear path forward for Phase II.

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