NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 A1.04-7639
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Aerodynamic Efficiency - Active Flow Control Actuation Concepts
PROPOSAL TITLE: Flow Control on a High Lift Airfoil Using High-Bandwidth Microactuators

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Spectral Energies, LLC
5100 Springfield Street, Suite 301
Dayton, OH 45431 - 1262
(937) 266-9570

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Sivaram Gogineni
goginesp@gmail.com
5100 Springfield Street, Suite 301
Dayton, OH 45431 - 1262
(937) 266-9570

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Sukesh Roy
contact@spectralenergies.com
5100 Springfield Street, Suite 301
Dayton, OH 45431 - 1262
(937) 902-6546

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

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Aerodynamic Efficiency - Active Flow Control Actuation Concepts is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
High-lift airfoils employ trailing edge flaps during takeoff and landing and are stowed during the cruise. These airfoils enhance the lift characteristics at subsonic speeds but suffer due to flow separation over the deflected flap surface. During cruise at transonic speeds, the shock induced separation results in drag penalty and structural fatigue. Traditionally, high-lift airfoils employ multi-element flaps to eliminate flow separation during takeoff and landing but at the cost of increased mechanical complexity and aircraft weight. Active flow control (AFC) has the potential to mitigate flow separation and enhance performance. The objective of proposed study is to design, develop, validate and implement a closed-loop, high-bandwidth active flow control technique. The technique will be based on high-momentum, resonance-enhanced unsteady microjet actuators and implemented on an NASA-EET high-lift airfoil configuration. Under the proposed program we bring a team of experts with the requisite knowledge and tools needed for successful development and implementation. We will deign and build a high-lift airfoil to suit the FSU polysonic wind tunnel for testing at high subsonic and transonic speeds (Mach 0.3 - 0.9). We will implement and demonstrate the applicability of Adaptive Sampling-Based Model Predictive Control (SBMPC) to control flow separation.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed development of a closed-loop, high-bandwidth active flow control technique using high-momentum, resonance-enhanced unsteady microactuators will help achieve NASA?s objective to build an energy efficient and environment-friendly fixed-wing transport aircraft. The proposed AFC method is an on-demand, and closed-loop technique is capable of improving vehicle performance and adaptive to the flight changes. The actuators proposed are simple, energy-efficient, high-bandwidth, reliable and robust. The proposed technology will support NASA N+2 and N+3 performance goals.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
In addition to aeronautical industry, the development of unsteady actuation will be very useful to automotive industry in reducing aerodynamic drag and improving energy efficiency. The proposed team is in the process of establishing an Industry & University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) in the broad area of Applications of Flow Control with the help of National Science Foundation (NSF). This will help us leverage our collaboration with broader aerospace and automotive community.

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.)
Acoustic/Vibration
Actuators & Motors
Aerodynamics
Algorithms/Control Software & Systems (see also Autonomous Systems)
Contact/Mechanical

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