Plasma Enhanced Aerodynamic Control (PEAC) for Improved Rotorcraft Performance

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$99,959.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-09-M-0468
Agency Tracking Number:
N092-144-0813
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
N092-144
Solicitation Number:
2009.2
Small Business Information
Innovative Technology Applications Co.,
PO Box 6971, Chesterfield, MO, 63006
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
126752018
Principal Investigator:
Mehul Patel
Vice President, Advanced
(480) 247-6611
mppatel@itacllc.com
Business Contact:
Alan Cain
President
(314) 373-3311
abcain@itacllc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Innovative Technology Applications Company (ITAC), LLC, in partnership with the University of Notre Dame (ND), propose to develop an advanced plasma-enhanced aerodynamic control (PEAC) technology to significantly enhance the performance of vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, in particular the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor vehicle. Innovative open- and closed-loop PEAC concepts will be designed to increase lift and cruise efficiency, and reduce drag and aerodynamic download during hover of the V-22 tiltrotor vehicle. The program will develop concepts based on a pending patent by Bell Helicopters using University of Notre Dame’s SDBD plasma actuators. In addition to wind tunnel demonstrations of aerodynamic benefits on the V-22 vehicle geometry, a preliminary assessment of system requirements will be conducted, and a method for real-time actuator health monitoring will be developed and tested as part of laboratory experiments. The program will emphasize readying the PEAC technology for flight tests.

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