Awards

$125K

Physics-Based Aeroanalysis Methods for Open Rotor Conceptual Design

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: A1.05
Budget: 06/17/15 - 12/17/15
PI: Dr. Todd R. Quackenbush

Operating costs and fossil fuel consumption of civil transports can be reduced through use of efficient counter rotating open rotor (CROR) propulsion systems, thereby addressing both key industry needs and long-term NASA technical goals. To develop such next-generation systems, multiple design variables must be assessed and optimized efficientl...

$79.8K

Advanced Wake Turbulence Modelling for Naval CFD Applications

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Michigan

Agency: Navy
Topic: N15A-T002
Budget: 06/09/15 - 01/15/16
PI: Dr. Glen R. Whitehouse

Predicting the high Reynolds number viscous turbulent flow around realistic aircraft, rotorcraft and ship geometries with CFD is time consuming and computationally expensive, with the number of cells required to resolve the flow driving the computational cost. Even with modern CFD methods, the cost of adequately resolved solutions is prohibitive...

$150K

Distributed Low Power On-Blade Control for Wind Turbine Load Mitigation

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Department of Energy
Topic: 19a
Budget: 06/08/15 - 03/07/16
PI: Dr. Robert M. McKillip Jr.

The economic viability of wind energy is critically dependent upon robust, long-duration operation, while minimizing outages and costs for repair and ongoing maintenance. Active load mitigation offers a way to control fatigue-inducing loads so as to forestall major failures, preclude costly repairs and service interruptions, and extend the life...

$99.9K

Tractor-Based Real-Time System for Drift Reduction and Deposition Prediction

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Department of Agriculture
Topic: 8.13
Budget: 04/29/15 - 12/31/15
PI: Dr. Milton E. Teske

Precision agriculture based upon high resolution GPS-based systems has had a dramatic impact on the efficiency of crop production in the United States, but comes with the disadvantage of being unable to estimate spray coverage and drift, or make allowances for changes in weather conditions and potentially undesirable ground patterning. The propo...

$150K

Innovative, Rapid Non-Linear Physics-Based Aeroelastic Analysis System

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: Duke University

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF14-AT04
Budget: 02/01/15 - 11/01/15
PI: Dr. Glen R. Whitehouse

ABSTRACT: Accurate aeroelastic predictions are critical to the development of aircraft and assessment of aircraft/store compatibility since structural deformation and aeroelastic instabilities during flight affect pilot/aircraft safety and mission success. Indeed, several fighter aircraft have demonstrated recurring susceptibility to Limit Cyc...

$150K

Hardening Advanced Methods for Predicting 3D Unsteady Flows Around Wind Turbines for Industrial Use

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology

Agency: Department of Energy
Topic: 02c
Budget: 01/01/15 - 12/31/15
PI: Dr. Glen R. Whitehouse

Wind power plays an increasingly important role in satisfying the power needs of the U.S., and serves to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. With increased penetration, significant maintenance costs and reductions in power generation have underscored the need to predict the unsteady loading related to turbine configuration, layout and off-design...

$500K

Low-Cost CFD-Based Analysis for Surface Mesh Interrogation and Refinement

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Army
Topic: A13-004
Budget: 07/18/14 - 07/17/16
PI: Dr. Glen R. Whitehouse

Accurate flow calculation is crucial to the development and support of air platforms, and CFD has been successful at predicting aerodynamic performance for a variety of flows. The accuracy of CFD is governed by the quality of the surface mesh, and much work has been undertaken to automatically generate surface grids from CAD. Unfortunately, qu...

$125K

Camber Configuration Control for Performance Optimization (C3PO)

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 14-1-A3.04
Budget: 01/01/14 - 12/31/14
PI: Dr. Robert M. McKillip Jr.

A novel actuation concept previously used for trailing edge tab control is to be extended for use in spanwise camber control for enhanced aerodynamic performance of next generation aircraft designs. The key features of its low-power, two-position (bistable) nature and small size permit its application as secondary structure within wing assembli...

$125K

Variable-Fidelity Aeroservoelastic Analysis Tool for Concept Evaluation, Design and Wind-Tunnel Test Support

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 14-1-A3.01
Budget: 01/01/14 - 12/31/14
PI: Dr. Glen R. Whitehouse

Ongoing work in advanced air-vehicles, such as ultra-light-weight truss-braced and elastically tailored concepts is beginning to provide the insight necessary to meet NASA's N+3 transport system goals. Unfortunately, contemporary analysis methods are unsuited for aeroservoelastic analysis of such configurations suffering from accessibility, usa...

$125K

Small VTOL UAV Acoustics Measurement and Prediction

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 14-1-A3.06
Budget: 01/01/14 - 12/31/14
PI: Mr. Daniel A. Wachspress

Interest in civilian use of small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) with Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) capability has increased greatly in recent years, and is expected to grow significantly in the future. Research to date has focused on propulsion, batteries, sensors and autonomous control laws, but little attention has been paid to acoust...

Load More