Innovative Propeller Multi-Point Multi-Disciplinary Optimization

Period of Performance: 06/13/2013 - 01/16/2014


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

M4 Engineering, Inc.
4020 Long Beach Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90807
Principal Investigator


ABSTRACT: This proposal effort seeks to demonstrate the feasibility of developing and integrating a set of analysis modules into a multidisciplinary analysis and optimization (MDAO) process in order to enhance propeller design and efficiency across a range of multi-point flight conditions. Emphasis will be placed on defining the interdisciplinary interactions and corresponding effects on overall propeller efficiency. Next, each of the analysis modules will be validated against simulated or experimental data. A modern propeller configuration will be selected as the base demonstration application and will be optimized and assessed against current state-of-the-art propeller performance. Lastly, the software developed within this effort will leverage M4 Engineering s significant experience with MDAO as well as several robust, open-source tools. BENEFIT: Potential applications will include the use of the developed software with any complex integrated system containing propellers/open-rotors. Generic to any system containing propellers/open-rotors, the developed software could be utilized by commercial companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman.