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Nhan Nguyen Selected to Receive 2013 Transfer Technology Awards for Advanced Control Methods
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Nhan Nguyen Selected to Receive 2013 Transfer Technology Awards for Advanced Control Methods

Nhan Nguyen has been selected as an award winner by NASA Ames Technology Partnerships Office for scientific and technical contributions with the following awards:

  • 2013 Patent Application Award for Control Systems With Normalized and Covariance Adaptation by Optimal Control Modification
  • 2013 Patent Application Award for Variable Camber Continuous Aerodynamic Control Surfaces and Methods for Active Wing Shaping Control
  • 2013 Tech Briefs Award for Variable Camber Continuous Aerodynamic Control Surfaces and Methods for Active Wing Shaping Control

BACKGROUND: The Optimal Control Modification adaptive control method was developed by Nhan Nguyen in 2008 and has since been validated in simulations on many different aircraft platforms, including transport aircraft, general aviation aircraft, and military aircraft. It was validated in the Advanced Concept Flight Simulator in 2009 and was subsequently flown successfully on a piloted full-scale F/A-18 aircraft at NASA Dryden in 2010 and 2011

The Active Wing Shaping Control method and the Variable Camber Continuous Trailing Edge Flap device was developed by Nhan Nguyen in 2010 and has since been incorporated in the Fixed Wing project as a research element. The concept enables drag reduction by tailoring wing shapes throughout the flight envelope. This technology has been further developed by Boeing and was featured in the January 28, 2013 issue of the Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine. The technology was tested in 2013 in a wind tunnel at the University of Washington, and preliminary test data have indicated at least 6% drag reduction.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: The Optimal Control Modification adaptive control was funded by the Integrated Resilient Aircraft Control (IRAC) project in the Aviation Safety Program (AvSP) under the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD). The Active Wing Shaping Control was funded by the NASA Innovative Partnerships Program (IPP) Office that is now part of the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT), and is currently being funded by the Fixed Wing (FW) project in the Fundamental Aeronautics (FA) program, also under the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD).

Contact: Nhan Nguyen

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