A Multi-physics Aircraft Simulation Tool (MAST)

Period of Performance: 01/17/2008 - 11/29/2008


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Bihrle Applied Research, Inc.
81 Research Dr Array
Hampton, VA 23666
Principal Investigator


A comprehensive Multi-physics Simulation Tool (MAST) is proposed to address the void in simulation tools that address the specific needs of the MAV engineer. The MAST provides an enhancement to Bihrle s commercially successful PC-Based simulation environment D-Six by providing a project structure suited to model flapping-wing and rotary-wing flight vehicles. A project wizard will guide the user in the configuration of the project to account for the specific MAV characteristics to be modeled. The Bihrle Phase I effort lays the foundation for a reconfigurable simulation tool to allow engineers and control designer solve critical issues regarding the control flight of MAVs. At the end of Phase I an element-based set of equations of motion will have been implemented as a new project structure in D-Six and demonstrated. Critical issues regarding the modeling of aerodynamics, aeroelastic-effects, and control-law will be identified for further design during a Phase II effort.