The proposed effort directly responds to NASA's SBIR solicitation goal of investigating the potential of advanced, innovative propulsion concepts to improve fuel efficiency and reduce the environmental footprint of future commercial transports. Propulsion systems such as open rotors can help meet aggressive, long range emission reduction targets in support of initiatives such as the Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) project. The proposed effort will also enhance analysis and conceptual design tools that can support support assessment of novel air vehicle designs using CROR propulsion.
The enhanced fast-turnaround, physics-based analysis and design tools will also be of great use to both civil aircraft manufacturers and DoD. The US Air Force is actively seeking more efficient future transport aircraft designs, and the proposed models can support those initiatives. Airframers and private industry can also utilize these tools in designing more efficient fxied wing aircraft. In addition, spinoffs to support design of propulsion systems for compound rotorcraft and UAVs are also possible.