NASA SBIR 00-II Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 06.01-9252 (For NASA Use Only - Chron: 000749 )
PROPOSAL TITLE: Cost Effective On Demand Flow Control Shape Memory Alloy Actuators

Fixed vane vortex generators (VGs) have been in existence for over 50 years and as yet no other flow control device or technique has proven to be as cost effective. This is perhaps surprising since studies using flow control by blowing and suction, use of synthetic jets to energize a boundary layer, etc. have been going on for some time. Fixed VGs are still being fitted to commercial jetliners currently manufactured due to their simplicity and the fact that VGs can be surface mounted. For these reasons, VGs are preferred over leading competing concepts that require modification and /or plumbing beneath the aircraft skin. However, once the VG has been configured to improve performance in one flight regime,there is an off design penalty. This proposal details a program to improve upon the fixed VG by making them deployable ?on demand? and thereby eliminating any penalty when the generators are stowed. The enabling technology to accomplish this is to use Shape Memory Alloy materials to deploy the generators. Because of their unique force/stroke characteristics it is possible to design surface mounted vortex generators so that they have no aerodynamic penalty when not deployed and require no surface cut-out.

On demand vortex generators can replace all fixed vane generators currently
in use as well as allow designers to find additional applications where
fixed vane generators would give unacceptable off-design penalties.
Control of separated flow about a helicopter rotor hub and fuselage, since
a helicopter operates in a dual mode, is a new use for an on demand device.
General aviation applications may reduce landing speed and mitigate stall.

NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (Name, Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Alan J. Bilanin
Continuum Dynamics, Inc.
34 Lexington Avenue
Ewing , NJ   08618 - 2302

NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Continuum Dynamics, Inc.
34 Lexington Avenue
Ewing , NJ   08618 - 2302

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