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The following Aerospace and Defense Research Collaboratory A&D research projects are currently in progress. They are co-sponsored by the Science Foundation Arizona's Aerospace and Defense Initiative and A&D industry partners. Click on the projects to learn more about the research and collaborators involved in each one.
The objective of this research effort is to develop a next-generation, lightweight, efficient, and durable hypocycloid engine with very high power-to-weight ratio, ultra-low emissions and, noise signature based on the Wiseman Mechanism (US Patent # 6,510,831) that is capable of operating on a variety of heavy fuels such as JP5/JP8/DS2 for use in small UAVs, Personal Air Vehicles (PAVs) and portable generators.
The goal of this research is to enable the design and implementation of a new family of metamaterial based antennas that are truly conformal and operate over wide bands of frequency. Multi-function antennas capable of beam and null steering over wide bands of frequency are needed to maintain the “Availability” component of the DoD Information Assurance model for the network.
Using state-of-the-art simulation and cognitive science methods, this work is generating information and materials to support the training of Sensor Operators (SOs) of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). Specifically, it is aimed at improving the ability of SOs to predict, detect, and prevent IED (Improvised Explosive Device) emplacements.
The goal of this project is to develop a miniaturized Space camera system by upgrading commercial, miniaturized CMOS detectors to flight-qualified focal planes with radiation hard electronics and to match the sensor to a range of lens packages and test them in environmental chambers.
In the development of advanced aircraft-engine fan cases and containment systems, complex biaxial and triaxial braided fiber architectures have been found to yield the best performance. A comprehensive program will be developed to investigate the material characteristics of biaxial and triaxial braid composites.
Notch fatigue has been the focus of much concern in titanium alloys for several decades, with research driven by the desire to understand and mitigate foreign object damage (FOD) in titanium blades and disks in turbine engines. The PI has developed a modified constant-life Haigh (Goodman) diagram for components with stress concentrations, which can become easily implemented.
Flight Simulators are important to prepare pilots. Flight simulators enable training with different scenarios at low cost. The goal of this project is to leverage the capabilities of new graphics processors (GPUs) to be able to use more detailed three-dimensional environments in the simulator.
We will collect heat map data from experienced combat fighters and create scenario based missions for rookies under training. The heat maps will record decision patterns during squad (multiplayer) and individual (single player) modes. These decision patterns could be studied alongside the desired or optimal decision maps for further dialog and improvement during training.
Using IDEF0 models developed in the PIs’ previous work, this work will generate training materials and a system that will substantially reduce the comprehension time for critical information in the DoD acquisition process among system engineers (SEs) and small-medium manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) suppliers in the Arizona A&D industry.