NASA STTR 2018-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 18-1- T15.01-3543
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 Aircraft Design, Optimization, and Scaled Model Test
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 Aeroservoelastic Multifidelity Design of Biomimetic Aircraft (AMuBA)
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (SBC):
RESEARCH INSTITUTION (RI):
Name:   Intelligent Automation, Inc.
Name:   University of Maryland-College Park
Street:  15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 190
Street:  Dept. of Aerospace Engineering 3188 Martin Hall
City:   Rockville
City:   College Park
State/Zip:  MD  20855-2814
State/Zip:   MD 20742 - 0001
Phone:  (301) 294-5221
Phone:   (301) 405-1927


Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Nikhil Nigam
nnigam@i-a-i.com
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
mjames@i-a-i.com
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 190 Rockville, MD 20855 - 2814
(301) 294-5221
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 2
End: 4
Technical Abstract

NASA has been investigating morphing aircraft for multi-mission capabilities and performance improvements in existing fixed-wing aircraft. In addition, the design of aeroelastic aircraft that can control the structural flexibility to their advantage, is an open area of research and development. In spite of the plethora of work on morphing aircraft and long slender wings, the goal of fielding such systems still seems elusive. In particular, the integration of these technologies for breakthroughs in performance, has not been demonstrated. To address this need, our team is developing morphing concepts using inflatable muscles that will allow seamless aerodynamic transitions. A formal design of such aircraft, integrating aeroservoelastic considerations and high-fidelity structural optimization, will be accomplished.  We will also develop the associated aeroservoelastic controllers that can maintain stability over the entire flight envelope, without substantially sacrificing performance

Potential NASA Applications

The AAVP has a goal of developing novel aircraft concepts, and would benefit from this technology – in particular the high aerodynamic efficiency platform. In fact, the MUTT, ACTE and Elastically Shaped Aircraft projects at NASA can directly use the findings and technology from this effort. Moreover, several design efforts and those focused on incorporation of high fidelity structural information early in the design process, will be able to use the AMuBA tool to their advantage

Potential Non-NASA Applications

The Air Force has been investing in programs, such as N-MAS, and AAW. The technology is directly applicable to the Morphing Structures Program at DARPA, and will allow advancement of DOD’s in-house technology. Also, with the increasing use of UASs by the DoD, several control system design technologies will be immensely useful


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