NASA 1999 SBIR Phase I


PROPOSAL NUMBER 99-1 02.01-0700 (Chron: 991693 )

PROJECT TITLE

Active/Passive Attenuation of Sound in Aircraft Interiors


TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)

Active Control eXperts (ACX), Inc. proposes a Phase I research and development effort for the development, conceptual design, and proof-of-concept experiment of a hybrid active/passive sound attenuation system for aircraft interiors. While the attenuation of structural vibration and structure-borne sound using passive means is the current state-of-the-art, and active structural acoustic control (ASAC) has received wide attention in the academic community in the past decade, a functional system combining the relative advantages of both approaches has yet to be developed and tested. A successful development and demonstration of such a system will, therefore, constitute a major innovation in the field of structure-borne sound control. The proposed system is a complete sound attenuation solution, including passive-only, active-only, and hybrid surface mounted patches. These patches are completely encapsulated and ready to be bonded to the fuselage panels. The system further includes error sensor, pre-amplifiers, control implementation electronics, and power electronics for the active and hybrid patches. In addition, a comprehensive design methodology is developed for the optimal placement and sizing of the three types of patches, as well as for control law design. The development of such methodology, backed up by commercial manufacturing capability and solid design techniques, will greatly advance the goal of reducing noise pollution in aircraft interiors.


POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS

The active-passive sound attenuation technology to be developed under this program offers broad potential to commercial potential in applications across several different industries. Two specific market applications are aircraft interiors and automotive interiors. ACX estimates the annual production revenue potential of the aircraft interior application (new equipment only) to be >1M dollars annually. The automotive application offers an annual production revenue potential to ACX of >10M dollars annually.


NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (Name, Organization Name, Mail Address,

City/State/Zip)

Dr. Baruch Pletner

Active Control eXperts, Inc.

215 First Street

Cambridge , MA 02142 - 1227


NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)

Active Control eXperts, Inc.

215 First Street

Cambridge , MA 02142 - 1227