NASA SBIR 2010 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-1 A2.08-9390
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Aircraft Systems Analysis, Design and Optimization
PROPOSAL TITLE: Integrated Variable Fidelity Conceptual Design

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
CADNexus Inc.
101 Cambridge Street, Suite 370
Burlington, MA 01803 - 3766
(781) 229-0200

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Christopher J Deschenes
deschenes@cadnexus.com
101 Cambridge St., Suite 370
Burlington, MA 01803 - 3766
(781) 229-0200

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 3

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
CADNexus proposes to develop an Integrated Variable Fidelity Conceptual Design tool. The application will enable design and analysis of unconventional and advanced concepts in the conceptual design phase. The application will be integrated not only in the conceptual design phase but throughout the entire design process from conceptual design, to preliminary design, to detailed design. The integration across design stages is accomplished by development of a component library that will store detailed aircraft shapes and components as well as rich metadata about the components, their attributes, and any other pertinent data. The library will enable designers to generate candidate design concepts given a set of mission requirements or other characteristics. In addition to performance analysis of a conceptual design the tool will also provide and evaluation of risk by projecting the probability that the design may not satisfy its mission requirements.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA has an ongoing need for conceptual design tools that are capable of performing multi-disciplinary analysis on unconventional or advanced concepts. Existing tools developed both within NASA and by commercial entities are not flexible enough to make this a reality. CADNexus proposes to leverage its existing core product and geometry-centric philosophy coupled with optimal estimation techniques applied to risk management into a commercial product offering. We envision expanding the scope of the effort to provide a geometry-centric underpinning to subsequent design stages thereby unifying the underlying geometry representation across conceptual, preliminary, and detailed design. The potentially provides a major advantage in that there are no lossy translations due to file format conversions and the usual need for geometry repair when exporting and importing geometry.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Non-NASA Commercial Applications include geometry-centric conceptual design and risk analysis for products other than aircraft. We anticipate that automotive designers and other product designers find our tools highly beneficial.

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.)
Aerodynamics
Analytical Methods
Development Environments
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Project Management
Software Tools (Analysis, Design)


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