NASA SBIR 2004 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 04 A2.02-7719
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Electric and Intelligent Propulsion Technologies for Environmentally Harmonious Aircraft
PROPOSAL TITLE: Computer-Aided Design Methods for Model-Based Nonlinear Engine Control Systems

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Optimal Synthesis Inc.
868 San Antonio Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303-4622
(650)213-8585

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Padmanabhan K. Menon
menon@optisyn.com
868 San Antonio Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303-4622
(650)213-8585

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
Traditional design methods for aircraft turbine engine control systems have relied on the use of linearized models and linear control theory. While these controllers can provide satisfactory performance, they do not exploit all the available knowledge about the nonlinear engine dynamics. Recent advances in computer-aided nonlinear control system design technology have made it feasible to design control systems using a detailed model of the engine. These nonlinear engine control systems have the potential to deliver a more precise control of the engine dynamics while satisfying multiple operational requirements.
Using a NASA-supplied engine model, Phase I research will develop a nonlinear engine control system that can deliver uniform performance over the entire operating region. Operation at multiple operating points and transitions between them will be demonstrated during the Phase I research.
Phase II work will develop a rapid-prototyping design environment for nonlinear engine control systems and real-time controller code generation for implementing the nonlinear control on engine control computer. Advanced engine control concepts such as active clearance control and adaptive engine control will also be demonstrated during the Phase II work. The design software and the control technology developed under the present SBIR will be commercialized during the Phase III research.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
The rapid-prototyping software environment for nonlinear engine control design and real-time code generation developed under the proposed research will allow NASA to expeditiously examine the design tradeoffs in future engine development programs.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
Nonlinear engine control systems will be able to exercise a more precise control over the engine dynamics, leading to better engine performance and life. The advanced control architecture may also allow better tradeoffs between engine performance and environmental specifications. The design software developed during the Phase II research will provide a rapid-prototyping capability for nonlinear engine control systems to NASA and aircraft engine developers.