Development of an Engine Air-Brake for Quiet Drag Applications

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,400.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX08CC53P
Award Id:
88098
Agency Tracking Number:
075394
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
11995 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA, 92130
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
133709001
Principal Investigator:
ParthivShah
Principal Investigator
(858) 480-2101
parthiv.shah@ata-e.com
Business Contact:
RonanCunningham
Business Official
(858) 481-2015
ronan.cunningham@ata-e.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
A novel quiet engine air-brake is proposed in response to NASA's solicitation for concepts for active and passive control of noise sources for conventional and advanced aircraft. The air-brake concept is applicable to 1) next-generation, conventional tube and wing aircraft (current generation +1) and 2) advanced integrated airframe/propulsion system configurations (current generation +2), and could enable system level noise reductions of several decibels at the ground observer during approach by quietly generating drag equivalent to up to three turbofan-sized bluff bodies per powerplant. Such drag generation could enable slower, steeper approach trajectories with reduced need for drag generators such as flaps, slats and undercarriage. Proposed research tasks build upon a rigorous understanding developed by the investigating team on the aero-acoustics of drag generating, swirling exhaust flows. The objectives are to 1) create an engine air-brake design specification to constrain the design and identify and address issues and challenges associated with implementation, 2) perform trade studies on two aircraft/powerplant combinations in current generation +1 and +2 configurations to identify the attributes of suitable devices installed on such aircraft and 3) develop a candidate design for model scale aerodynamic and aeroacoustic validation in an experimental facility. The deliverable will be a written report presenting a conceptual design of a model-scale engine air-brake and proposed test plan for Phase II validation.

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