Adaptive Structures for Micro Munition Platforms

Period of Performance: 03/18/2008 - 12/18/2008

$100K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Composite Technology Development, Inc.
2600 Campus Drive Suite D
Lafayette, CO 80026
Principal Investigator

Abstract

The U.S. Air Force has significant interest in the development of adaptive structures for micro munition platforms. However, power, mass and cost constraints significantly limits the applicability of existing adaptive structure concepts for these smaller platforms. To address these challenges, CTD is proposing the use of solid-state, electrically-driven actuators that require minimal power and are capable of high actuation rates (>10 Hz). The proposed approach is based on the use of these actuators in combination with CTD s existing morphing wing-skin technology providing increased wing-morphing functionality. If successful, the proposed technology would eliminate the need for traditional flight control devices such as ailerons. The proposed Phase I plan encompasses requirements definition, prototype hardware design and manufacture, and technology assessment. To that end, CTD has partnered with the University of Florida s Research and Engineering Education Facility (REEF) to assist in assessing the technology via relevant wind-tunnel testing.