NASA SBIR 2011 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 11-1 A2.09-9744
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Rotorcraft
PROPOSAL TITLE: Tunable Interior Rotorcraft Noise Control

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc.
2750 Indian Ripple Road
Dayton, OH 45440 - 3638
(937) 320-1877

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Jason Hermiller
hermillerjm@crgrp.com
2750 Indian Ripple Road
Dayton, OH 45440 - 3638
(937) 320-1877 Extension :1129

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

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
CRG has recently developed a new class of shape memory polymers (SMP) that are electrically activated, as opposed to the more mature thermally activated SMPs. Electrically activated shape memory polymers (EASMP) open a new design space of unexplored functionality beyond what has been considered for thermally activated materials. This project will combine the advantages of EASMP with the design of state-of-the-art gearbox isolators and interior panels to provide the ability to tune these components for specific operational frequencies. With the use of EASMP integrated components, by semi-actively altering the interior panels or gearbox isolators' frequency response, it will be possible to better target and control particularly irritating tones related to the aircraft's flight mode. CRG proposes to advance EASMP maturity which is applicable across many other application areas and has the benefit of alternative stimuli boasting ultra-low power requirements and more potential for faster switching times. This material will be refined and further developed to meet the operational performance requirements for the rotorcraft isolator application.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Supporting NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, this project's technologies directly address requirements for a rapid-response, structural material system capable of quickly changing state for shape change, vibration control, or acoustic attenuation. CRG's electrically activated, variable stiffness composites present the opportunity to achieve all of these functions with a low-power solution to minimize the impact to the overall system and maximizing the overall performance gains. CRG's electrically activated, variable stiffness composites may have broad applicability for NASA in both aircraft and spacecraft applications where aerodynamics, flight control, vibrations, and noise are of concern.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This project's technologies developed for NASA systems would directly apply to systems operated by other government and commercial enterprises. Government systems that would derive the same benefits would include but not be limited to fixed and rotary wing aircraft, atmospheric reentry vehicles, jet engine components, propulsion systems, and other future aircraft applications that will require adaptive structures, noise suppression, or active vibration damping technology operated by the Department of Defense. This technology's attributes for fixed and rotary wing aircraft should also yield a high potential for private sector commercialization for variable shape components for aircraft structures by Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and GE Aviation, Gulfstream, Bombardier, Cessna, and Dassault.

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
Air Transportation & Safety
Composites
Deployment
Organics/Biomaterials/Hybrids
Smart/Multifunctional Materials


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