Status Report

NASA Technology Transfer Opportunity:: Active and Controllable Noise Reduction System for Jet Engine

By SpaceRef Editor
January 29, 2013
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Synopsis – Jan 28, 2013

General Information

Solicitation Number: TTO1027
Posted Date: Jan 28, 2013
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jan 28, 2013
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Jun 01, 2013
Current Response Date: Jun 01, 2013
Classification Code: 99 — Miscellaneous
NAICS Code: 927110
Set-Aside Code:

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Langley Research Center, Mail Stop 12, Industry Assistance Office, Hampton, VA 23681-0001


NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA solicits interest from companies interested in obtaining license rights to commercialize, manufacture and market the following technology. License rights may be issued on an exclusive or nonexclusive basis and may include specific fields of use.


NASA Langley researchers have developed a novel noise reduction system for jet engines. Aircraft jet engine noise is a major issue for airports, the communities near airports, and, of course, for the jet engine designers. Even with the use of recent high-bypass-ratio jet engine designs, noise continues to be a major concern. The present innovation represents a significant advancement to the concept of using mechanically fixed chevrons on the trailing edge of jet engine nozzles to reduce noise. While the effect of chevrons on noise reduction is well known, commercial implementation has been limited. Unfortunately, the turbulence created with the chevrons, while useful for reducing noise upon takeoff, serves to reduce efficiency during cruising. The present innovation is a simple noise reduction system with effects similar to that of chevrons, yet it is active and controllable to maximize noise reduction while maintaining efficiency.

To express interest in this opportunity, please respond to Sean Sullivan, Research Triangle International (RTI), at: NASA Langley Research Center, 17 West Taylor St., Mail Stop 218, Building 1212, Room 110 Hampton, Virginia, E-mail:, or phone: 757-864-5055. Please indicate the date and title of the FBO notice and include your company and contact information. For more information about licensing other NASA-developed technologies, please visit the NASA Technology Transfer Portal at .

RTI is responsible for aggregating and acknowledging all responses. These responses are provided to members of NASA Langley’s Innovative Partnerships Office within the Office of Strategic Analysis and Business Development (OSACB) for the purpose of promoting public awareness of NASA-developed technology products, and conducting preliminary market research to determine public interest in and potential for future licensing opportunities. If direct licensing interest results from this posting, OSACB will follow the required formal licensing process of posting in the Federal Register. No follow-on procurement is expected to result from responses to this Notice.

Point of Contact

Name: Sean Sullivan
Title: Technology Transfer Liaison
Phone: 757-864-5055
Fax: 757-864-8101

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