Bioinspired High-Performance Hydrofoils (BIOFOILS) for Future Naval Undersea Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,993.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N65538-10-M-0052
Agency Tracking Number:
N092-143-0240
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
N092-143
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 P
(480) 247-6611
mppatel@ITACLLC.com
Business Contact:
Alan Cain
President
(314) 373-3311
abcain@itacllc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The proposed BIOFOILS program will develop innovative designs and control concepts for bioinspired hydrofoils for use in future Naval undersea vessels. The program will incorporate novel structures and mechanisms inspired from aquatic mammals into the design and function of human-engineered biofoils. In Phase I, Innovative Technology Applications Company (ITAC), LLC and its collaborators will explore and parameterize foil geometries and maneuver performance of various aquatic mammals and fishes, and demonstrate via experimental and numerical studies the hydrodynamic performance of candidate bioinspired and engineered foils undergoing severe maneuvers in an unsteady flow. The research will focus on investigating the influence of highly evolved morphological structures on associated vortical flows, loading and hydrodynamic performance of these foils. In Phase II, the biomimetic exploration will be extended to include multiple modes of motion for promising aquatic mammal appendages, flippers, and fish to develop innovative formulations of biofoil designs. The end product will be a new class of high-performance biofoil designs that provide greater control and maneuver performance, and are more compliant to the surrounding turbulent flows than conventional control surfaces. The proposed BIOFOILS technology can potentially lead to changes in design paradigms for future naval and aerial vehicles with advanced capabilities.

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