NASA SBIR 2018-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

 18-1- A1.05-3443
 Computational Tools and Methods
 Probabilistic Formulation of Multi-fidelity Aerodynamic Databases (ProForMA)
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Intelligent Automation, Inc.
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 190
Rockville , MD 20855-2814
(301) 294-5221

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Nikhil Nigam
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 190 Rockville, MD 20855 - 2814
(301) 294-4255

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mark James
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 190 Rockville, MD 20855 - 2814
(301) 294-5221
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 2
End: 5
Technical Abstract

The design of new aircraft involves understanding the flow physics around the configurations as well as their stability and control characteristics over the entire flight envelope. Such a coverage is extremely expensive if wind tunnel and flight tests are the primary means of understanding the aerodynamic characteristics. Hence, there has been a push towards use of simulations for understanding aerodynamics of airframes early in the design process. However, high-fidelity simulations can quickly become very expensive, so there is a need to create multi-fidelity databases for aerodynamic data. For this purpose, IAI proposes to develop probabilistic aerodynamic databases, that not only provide confidence on the fit, but also characterize the sources of uncertainty. Morever, adaptive design of experiments are performed for maximum efficiency in database creation. The proposed ProForMA tool can fill in a critical gap in design optimization and certification tools used by NASA and the industry

Potential NASA Applications

ProForMA addresses a critical need in NASA’s repository of tools and techniques to develop unconventional aircraft. Several T&E efforts at NASA, have to bear exorbitant costs for fully testing new concepts. The proposed approach contributes to the state-of-the-art in T&E taking advantage of latest advances in HPC to alleviate costs. Benefits of this tool can be leveraged by all programs concerned with unconventional aircraft, such as AAVP, TACP, MUTT and ASE

Potential Non-NASA Applications

Other government agencies, interested in unconventional aircraft, such as the Air Force, may use this tool for programs such as N-MAS and AAW or to reduce costs of T&E (AF T&E program). Navy’s UCLASS program also stands to benefit from this. Boeing is already quite interested in this research and envisions a huge potential for ProForMA in understanding stability and control characteristics of new aircraft

Form Generated on 05/25/2018 11:27:04