Reconfigurable Synthetic Jet Actuation for Closed-Loop Hingeless Flow Control

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F33615-03-C-3310
Agency Tracking Number: 021VA-1880
Amount: $748,307.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Pavlos Vlachos
 Senior Scientist
 (540) 231-3366
Business Contact
 Matt Zeiger
Title: CEO
Phone: (540) 951-3980
Research Institution
In this work, we propose to capitalize on our experience with controls, synthetic jet actuation, low order system modeling, and fluid dynamics in order to develop an integrated approach to hingeless flight control. We propose to develop a novel,distributed, hybrid and reconfigurable, synthetic jet actuator that will be capable, via real-time distributed sensing and actuator parameter control, of both separation manipulation (reduction, elimination or promotion) and aerodynamic virtual shaping.Next we will generate reduced-order aerodynamic models. Subsequently we will close the loop by integrating adaptive robust real time feedback-control methodologies. The first planform used to develop and demonstrate the new techniques will be a NACA-0015wing simulating dynamic maneuvering, allowing free pitch and plunge. Ultimately, the new technology will be demonstrated on full scale UAV's for real life applications. Aeroprobe and the Texas A&M Fluid Dynamics Laboratory of the Aerospace EngineeringDepartment has had several years of extensive experience with actuator development steady and dynamic wind-tunnel testing and controls. The work proposed herein represents an ambitious venture that has never been demonstrated before. However, the excellentresearch record of the key personnel and the previously developed infrastructure and expertise, guarantees the success of this effort.

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