Affordable Rotorcraft Air Vehicle Drag Reduction for Cruise Efficiency and Enhanced Lift Using Plasma Flow Control

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-M-0467
Agency Tracking Number: N092-144-0581
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N092-144
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
4415 Euclid Avenue, Suite 500, Cleveland, OH, 44103
DUNS: 557510336
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Srikanth Vasudevan
 Aerospace Engineer
 (216) 649-0399
Business Contact
 Joseph Snyder
Title: Vice President
Phone: (216) 649-0399
Research Institution
The V-22 Osprey can benefit from drag reductions in at least two areas: low angle of attack drag reduction will provide an improvement in the cruise efficiency and hover download reduction will provide an increase in cargo capability. Orbital Research, in collaboration with the University of Toledo, proposes to develop an innovative, affordable Plasma-On-Demand (POD) system to reduce the drag of the V-22 during cruise, improve lift characteristics during maneuvers and reduce download in hover. During the Phase I program, Orbital will experimentally demonstrate the effectiveness of strategically placed plasma actuators in novel configurations and compare the effectiveness with existing passive VGs on the V-22 geometry at representative flight Mach numbers. Additionally, in combination with novel actuator configurations, an experimental approach will be used to identify suitable dielectric materials to increase the plasma actuator effectiveness at high speeds. For the Phase I Option program, Orbital will investigate the effectiveness of the plasma actuator arrangements at representative Reynolds numbers via CFD and create a hardware integration plan – highlighting the key components to be considered at a system level.

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