The proposed development of a closed-loop, high-bandwidth active flow control technique using high-momentum, resonance-enhanced unsteady microactuators will help achieve NASA?s objective to build an energy efficient and environment-friendly fixed-wing transport aircraft. The proposed AFC method is an on-demand, and closed-loop technique is capable of improving vehicle performance and adaptive to the flight changes. The actuators proposed are simple, energy-efficient, high-bandwidth, reliable and robust. The proposed technology will support NASA N+2 and N+3 performance goals.
In addition to aeronautical industry, the development of unsteady actuation will be very useful to automotive industry in reducing aerodynamic drag and improving energy efficiency. The proposed team is in the process of establishing an Industry & University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) in the broad area of Applications of Flow Control with the help of National Science Foundation (NSF). This will help us leverage our collaboration with broader aerospace and automotive community.