NASA SBIR 2004 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:04-II X8.02-9911
PHASE-I CONTRACT NUMBER: NNA05AC19C
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Design Technologies for Entry Vehicles
PROPOSAL TITLE:Multidisciplinary Design Under Uncertainty for Entry Vehicles

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Michigan Engineering Services, LLC
3916 Trade Center Drive
Ann Arbor ,MI 48108 - 0000
(734) 358 - 0777

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Nick   Vlahopoulos
nv@miengsrv.com
3916 Trade Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI  48108 -0000
(734) 358 - 0792

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The physical difficulty of designing entry vehicles originates from the large degree of coupling between the various disciplines involved in the design. Every subsystem design decision has far reaching consequences that must be evaluated in a multidisciplinary fashion in order to assess the impact on the weight and the performance of the entire vehicle. The disciplines which must be accounted and integrated during the design are: trajectory optimization, guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) technology, aerodynamics and aerothermodynamics, thermal-structural analysis, and thermal protection system (TPS) development. Previous efforts in developing a collaborative or a multidisciplinary optimization process never considered how uncertainty in the atmospheric conditions, in the entry parameters of the vehicle, in the condition of the vehicle during entry, and in the performance of the TPS will influence the design and provide a risk assessment for a mission. The work completed during the Phase I effort demonstrated that it is feasible to develop a tool for multidisciplinary optimization under uncertainty (MDO-U) for entry vehicle design, and the new information which is gained is insightful and meaningful. The functionality and the value of the new MDO-U design tool were demonstrated through a case study where MDO-U was performed for the HL-20 vehicle under a LEO consideration. During Phase II a general purpose and user friendly MDO-U product which can be used in entry vehicle design, and in many other engineering areas will be developed.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Uncertainties due to manufacturing tolerances, material variability, the operating environment, and the state of the operating structure, are encountered in aircraft structures, launch vehicles, entry vehicles, and propulsion systems. The ability to account for such uncertainties in all these different areas and for the cross-coupling between disciplines, during the design stage will be valuable. Therefore, the MDO-U system will be useful to all NASA groups interested in designing space vehicles or aircraft. The case studies performed for the HL20 vehicle during Phase I and II, will demonstrate the value of the new development and will help promote its use within NASA.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Uncertainties due to manufacturing tolerances, material variability, the operating environment, and the state of the operating product, are encountered in the automotive, the shipbuilding, the heavy construction equipment, the defense industries (missile development, ground combat vehicle design), and bioengineering. The MDO-U system will allow engineers to account for uncertainties during the design of their products while considering the cross-coupling among the multiple disciplines involved in each product design. Thus, there is a great market potential for the outcome of this SBIR. For the general purpose MDO-U product (without the entry vehicle specific capabilities), the proposing firm will have Noesis Solutions (an established internationally firm in optimization products) as a commercialization partner.


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