Plasma Enhanced Aerodynamic Control (PEAC) for Improved Rotorcraft Performance

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-M-0468
Agency Tracking Number: N092-144-0813
Amount: $99,959.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N092-144
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
PO Box 6971, Chesterfield, MO, 63006
DUNS: 126752018
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mehul Patel
 Vice President, Advanced
 (480) 247-6611
Business Contact
 Alan Cain
Title: President
Phone: (314) 373-3311
Research Institution
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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