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Efficient, Highly Maneuverable Artificial Fish for Stealthy Surveillance

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
85190
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N08A-030-0057
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
AVID LLC
120 Newsome Drive Suite A Yorktown, VA 23692-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Efficient, Highly Maneuverable Artificial Fish for Stealthy Surveillance
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-08-M-0292
Award Amount: $69,943.00
 

Abstract:

AVID LLC and Profs. Neu, Philen, and Stilwell of Virginia Tech propose development of an artificial fish using Flexible Matrix Composite actuator technology for propulsion and control. This innovative approach to fin actuation uses structurally integrated hydraulic actuators to avoid the losses associated with conventional means of driving bioinspired propulsors, and more closely match the exceptional performance of natural swimmers. Two main areas will be addressed in Phase I. First, computational studies using an unsteady vortex lattice method will quantify synergistic hydrodynamic interactions between individual fins and between fins and body flexibility, and will aid in designing the test vehicle. Secondly, FMC caudal and pectoral fins will be constructed and integrated into a tank test vehicle capable of propelling itself along a wire. The vehicle will be characterized for propulsive efficiency. If awarded, the Phase I option will address improved system miniaturization and packaging in preparation for free swimming tests in Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Samuel B. Wilson III
Chief Visionary Officer
5409610067
sbwilson@avidaerospace.com

Business Contact:

Jenny Gelhausen
Chief Financial Officer
7578728733
jenny@avidaerospace.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

AVID LLC
1750 Kraft Drive, Suite 1400 Blacksburg, VA 24060

EIN/Tax ID: 061637406
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
VIRGINIA TECH
Aerospace & Ocean Engineering
213C Randolph Hall 0203
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Contact: Michael Philen
Contact Phone: (540) 231-2548
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university