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Physics-Based Identification, Modeling and Management Infrastructure of Aeroelastic Limit-Cycle Oscillations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-07-C-0090
Agency Tracking Number: F074-006-0076
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF07-T006
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-08-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-05-09
Small Business Information
1500 Bull Lea Road, Suite 203, Lexington, KY, 40511
DUNS: 790637867
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Patrick Hu
 President and Chairman
 (859) 559-7362
Business Contact
 Patrick Hu
Title: President and Chairman
Phone: (859) 559-7362
Research Institution
 Earl H Dowell
 Mechanical Engineering Dept.
Duke University 180 Hudson Bld
Durham, NC, 27708
 (919) 660-5321
 Nonprofit college or university
The proposed research program aims to develop a physics-based identification, modeling and management infrastructure for aeroelastic limit-cycle oscillations. This infrastructure will be built upon high fidelity state-of-the-art theoretical/computational methods as validated and verified by available experimental data bases, and will include (1) rapid flutter boundary determination for a wide range of configurations; (2) an assessment of the relative importance of various aerodynamic and structural nonlinearities for aircraft and aerospace configurations that are determined to be flutter critical and hence potentially capable of LCO; (3) an assessment of expected LCO amplitudes based upon high fidelity computational models; (4) an assessment of the potential for active and/or passive alleviation of LCO; and (5) a proposed management system that incorporates a prediction of tolerable LCO amplitudes and the capability for reducing unacceptable LCO response. Key challenges and milestones to by met include (1) a demonstration of the use of Navier-Stokes based CFD models and nonlinear structural models, including the use of system identification methods as appropriate and needed to predict flutter and LCO; (2) a demonstration of accurate modeling of aerodynamic and structural nonlinearities such as large shock wave motion, separated flow, structural freeplay and large geometric structural deflections and their impact on flutter and LCO; (3) characterization and evaluation of nonlinear dampers and nonlinear stiffness devices for alleviating LCO; (4) characterization and evaluation of active control systems for alleviating LCO; and (5) design and demonstration in wind tunnel test and flight test of an LCO alleviation device.

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