NASA SBIR 2014 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-1 A3.04-8808
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Aerodynamic Efficiency
PROPOSAL TITLE: Camber Configuration Control for Performance Optimization (C3PO)

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Continuum Dynamics, Inc.
34 Lexington Avenue
Ewing, NJ 08618 - 2302
(609) 538-0444

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Robert M McKillip
34 Lexington Avenue
Ewing, NJ 08618 - 2302
(609) 538-0444 Extension :112

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Barbara A Agans
34 Lexington Avenue
Ewing, NJ 08618 - 2302
(609) 538-0444 Extension :106

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Aerodynamic Efficiency is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
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 assemblies, thereby allowing for flight-dependent customization of the spanwise camber to optimize vehicle aerodynamic efficiency. The proposed Phase I program will leverage previous development success of the actuation concept to scale design applications for ultimate use on transport-category aircraft, and provide risk reduction via demonstration wind tunnel tests on a scaled wing half-span model. A byproduct of the scaling law will be its incorporation within a Multidisciplinary Design Analysis and Optimization (MDAO) tool for ease of exploration of the actuation features in the context of novel vehicle configurations having flight control for performance adjustment.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Better understanding of embedded actuation for aircraft performance optimization would expand the modeling capabilities of NASA's MDAO toolset, and help provide information on anticipated technology investment benefits toward aeronautics advancement. Such actuation technology could provide the next logical step in the realization of a performance-driven control implementation for next generation aircraft concepts.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The aerospace industry can benefit from having additional design options for the incorporation of advance controls for use in optimizing the performance of their vehicles. Operators would be able to realize better fuel economy, lower emissions, and improved payload weight fraction by using embedded controls that both enhance aerodynamic efficiency while removing actuator weight from transport category configurations.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Actuators & Motors
Air Transportation & Safety
Algorithms/Control Software & Systems (see also Autonomous Systems)
Command & Control
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Machines/Mechanical Subsystems
Vehicles (see also Autonomous Systems)

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