Ducted Fan Model for Real-Time Rotorcraft Flight Simulation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-05-C-0032
Agency Tracking Number: A043-089-1717
Amount: $120,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-089
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
1685 Plymouth Street, Suite 250, Mountain View, CA, 94043
DUNS: 149732315
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Chengjian He
 Director of IR&D
 (650) 968-1464
Business Contact
 Donna Carrig
Title: Financial Manager
Phone: (650) 968-1464
Email: donna@flightlab.com
Research Institution
There have been increased applications of the ducted/shrouded fan as a safe, low noise, and effective anti-torque device for modern rotorcraft. Ducted/shrouded fans have also attracted much interest as the main VTOL lifting devices for recent uninhabited air vehicle (UAV) developments because of their compact structure and high lifting performance. This proposal is dedicated to the development of an accurate and efficient ducted fan simulation for helicopter anti-torque and UAV lifting applications. This will be done through (1) the development of an efficient blade element fan model; (2) the development of duct aerodynamic models; (3) the development of a coupled duct-fan model. Efforts will also be made to develop an effective and efficient rotor/airframe/duct/fan interaction model. The model will provide a comprehensive modeling and analysis tool to support the simulation of rotorcraft and VTOL air vehicles configured with ducted fan devices.

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