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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-10-M-0052
Agency Tracking Number: N092-143-0240
Amount: $69,993.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N092-143
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 P
 (480) 247-6611
Business Contact
 Alan Cain
Title: President
Phone: (314) 373-3311
Research Institution
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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