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Control Systems

The engineering gap between monitoring systems and control systems is wide. However, the returns are great for the client: increased performance, safety and reliability. Tao Systems develops sensors and monitoring systems robust and fast enough to be incorporated into control systems.

Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) [Versatile Integrated Platform for Experimental Research (VIPER)]2d Matrix Snapshot of Real-Time Shear Stress Data

For example, Tao Systems is developing for the US Air Force an inlet flow control system for Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV). We implemented the control system using our advanced sensors (Senflex® sensor matrices), instrumentation (HF-CVA), and real-time flow diagnostics algorithms. The sensors provide excellent spatial resolution and millisecond response times. The shear stress plot above shows two vortices. Vortical strength and direction can be inferred from data from the matrix of sensors. Availability of such data is unprecedented not only for the quality of data but because such data is obtained in real-time. Algorithms are developed by integrating these and other kinds of sensor data. The onboard computing is sufficient for real-time processing of the data using the optimized flow diagnostics algorithms.

Using the flow diagnostics monitoring system, we construct similar systems for increasing aircraft performance and safety:

  • lift enhancement
  • drag reduction
  • flutter/buffet/wing rock suppression

If you have a similar application and would like to collaborate, contact us for more information.

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