NASA STTR 2014 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-2 T12.01-9989
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: High Fidelity Predictions for Spacecraft and Launch Vehicle Vibroacoustic Environments and Coupling
PROPOSAL TITLE: Improved Models for Prediction of Locally Intense Aeroacoustic Loads and Vibration Environments

NAME: ATA Engineering, Inc. NAME: University of Mississippi
STREET: 13290 Evening Creek Drive South, Suite 250 STREET: P.O. Box 1848
CITY: San Diego CITY: University
STATE/ZIP: CA  92128 - 4695 STATE/ZIP: MS  38677 - 1848
PHONE: (858) 480-2000 PHONE: (662) 915-7482

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Michael Yang
13290 Evening Creek Drive, Suite 250
San Diego, CA 92128 - 4424
(858) 480-2040

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Joshua Davis
13290 Evening Creek Drive, Suite 250
San Diego, CA 92128 - 4424
(858) 480-2028

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 6

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
High Fidelity Predictions for Spacecraft and Launch Vehicle Vibroacoustic Environments and Coupling 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)
ATA Engineering, Inc. proposes an STTR program to develop innovative tools and methods that will significantly improve the accuracy of random vibration response predictions for aerospace structures under critical inhomogeneous aeroacoustic loads. This will allow more accurate predictions of structural responses to be made, potentially reducing vehicle weight and cost and improving the reliability of these structures. Empirical wind tunnel test data will be used as a basis to develop novel methods to characterize the surface fluctuating pressures encountered by launch vehicles during ascent, and then to accurately predict the random vibration environment caused by these loads. In Phase II, we will perform a wind tunnel test campaign at the University of Mississippi to measure both the surface fluctuating pressure and the resulting vibration in a flexible panel positioned on an expansion corner. The data from these tests will be used to develop more accurate models to predict the auto- and cross-spectra of surface fluctuating pressures during ascent, followed by the development of coupling models to predict the resulting spacecraft structural vibrations. A critical improvement over current methods will be the inclusion of a statistical basis which will enable prediction of both mean and maximum expected environments. The experimental data in Phase II can also be used as a source of validation for unsteady coupled fluid-structural dynamics simulations.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The methods and embodying software that will be developed under this project will provide unprecedented accuracy in predicting aeroacoustic loading and vibration response for any spacecraft or launch vehicle during ascent. One of the most noteworthy and immediate opportunities for infusion of this technology is in the design of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), an advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle being developed. The SLS will deliver the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle to space and will be involved in a number of commercial and International Space Station missions. The technologies proposed do not carry much risk and provide an opportunity early in the development process to make design decisions that can result in significant increases in affordability, reliability, and performance. Additionally, the design of systems and components aboard more near-term NASA spaceflight missions will benefit from the improved predictive capability, with specific examples including the proposed series of Commercial Crew and Cargo Program (C3PO) launches and prospective extraterrestrial missions such as Mars 2020. The proposed technology directly addresses the high-priority challenge for "analytical capabilities that go far beyond existing modeling and simulation capabilities and reduce use of empirical approaches in vehicle design" identified in NASA's Space Technology Roadmap for Technology Area 11: Modeling, Simulation, Information Technology, & Processing.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
As the aerospace industry adapts to the retirement of the Space Shuttle, it stands poised at the beginning of a new era of space exploration and commercial space activities. Numerous private sector companies are developing the next generation of commercial launch vehicles, space station resupply services, and spacecraft for the suborbital space tourism market. A common theme for these new systems is that they feature innovative designs that make a marked departure from the legacy spaceflight and rocket systems employed in the last half decade of orbital launches. New concepts such as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two spaceplane and SpaceX's nine-engine Falcon 9 rocket provide a host of new vibroacoustic scenarios that must be understood and addressed as part of certifying payload survivability or human passenger safety. By enabling more accurate prediction of the vibroacoustic response of these systems, the methods developed in this project will contribute to the design of more efficient and reliable systems while reducing the mission risk from unaccounted aeroacoustic loads. ATA will make this technology available to industry by offering engineering consulting services and specialized software.

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.)
Launch Engine/Booster
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Space Transportation & Safety
Spacecraft Design, Construction, Testing, & Performance (see also Engineering; Testing & Evaluation)

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