Dec. 1, 2017
UDRI AWARDED $9.8 MILLION FOR R&D IN MATERIALS
STRUCTURES FOR REUSABLE HYPERSONIC VEHICLES
The University of Dayton Research Institute has been awarded a $9.8
million, three-year contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory for
research and development in materials and structures for reusable hypersonic
Hypersonic vehicles, which travel at speeds faster than five times the
speed of sound, experience significant thermal and aerodynamic loads, said
Steven Olson, group leader for Structures in UDRI’s Aerospace Mechanics
division, who will serve as principal investigator on the program.
“Designing vehicles that can survive extreme environmental stresses is
critical but challenging, requiring unique structural configurations and
advanced materials” Olson said. “Our role will be to focus on understanding the
mechanical and thermal loads experienced by hypersonic vehicle structures, then
work to identify the best materials and create preliminary designs for select
As the program progresses, researchers will perform experiments and
analysis to verify performance of the aerospace structures.
UDRI has a long history of developing and transitioning advanced materials
and structures for aerospace, including work in exotic materials for a variety
of high-temperature applications. “There
have been a number of advances in materials over the last several decades,
particularly in the area of ceramics and ceramic matrix composites, that will
make them particularly well suited for this type of application,” Olson said.
“The Research Institute will partner with the University of Tennessee
and Purdue University, whose capabilities in aerodynamic modeling and wind
tunnel testing complement our own capabilities,” Olson added.
UDRI director Allan Crasto said hypersonics is one of several targeted
technology areas included in UDRI’s new
strategic plan, designed to serve as a blueprint for the organization’s growth
and expansion in significant fields of research for the coming decade and
U.S. Rep Mike Turner (R-Dayton) provided
significant support in securing congressional funding for the program, Crasto
Dec. 1, 2017