Implementation of Facility Models Using Neural Networks for Improved Control of Wind Tunnels

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9550-10-C-0150
Agency Tracking Number:
F09B-T16-0214
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF 09TT16
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Innovative Technology Applications Co., L. L. C.
PO Box 6971, Chesterfield, MO, 63006
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
126752018
Principal Investigator:
Mark Rennie
Research Assistant Professor
(574) 631-1695
rrennie@nd.edu
Business Contact:
Alan Cain
President
(314) 373-3311
abcain@itacllc.com
Research Institution:
University of Notre Dame
Shanda Wirt
511 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN, 46556
(574) 631-8710
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Test facilities such as wind tunnels require stringent control of test parameters such as wind speed, temperature, pressure, etc., in order to satisfy the objectives of the simulation. Control of test facilities can be significantly improved using mathematical models for the facility behavior that are developed from physical principles. A shortcoming of mathematical control models is that they typically contain parameters that must be directly measured in order to match the performance of the actual facility. As a result, it is necessary to "tune" the mathematical models to match the actual facility response. Tuning of the mathematical models can be a very complex and time-intensive activity, particularly for complex facility operations requiring simultaneous control of multiple systems or actuators. The objective of the proposed research is to investigate methods of automating the data collection and analysis associated with tuning mathematical facility models, so that these activities are run simultaneously with regular facility operations and require minimal involvement of facility staff. BENEFIT: This program will result in improvements and automation in the operation of wind tunnel facilities that may be applied to government and industrial facilities.

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