Aerospace Engineering/Aerospace & Defense Technology

    • Digital Design Tools
      Simulating Thermal Expansion in Composites with Expanded Metal Foil for Lightning Protection
    • Rugged Computing
      Designing VME Power Systems with Standard Modules
    • Optical Sensors
      Optical Ice Sensors for UAVs
    • Rotorcraft Technology
      Rotorcraft Icing Computational Tool Development
    • RF & Microwave Technology
      Curled RF MEMS Switches for On-Chip Design: Design Software Supports BAE System's Mixed-Signal Chip Design
    • UAV Technology
      Using SWaP-C Reductions to Improve UAS/UGV Mission Capabilities
    • UGV Technology
      Designing Rugged Computing Platforms for UGVs
    • UUV & Robotics Technology
      Bi-manual Dexterous Manipulation for Maritime Explosive Ordnance Disposal
    • UUV Technology
      Applying UUV Advances to Safeguard Harbors and Littoral Waters
    • Robotics Technology
      Designing a Robot to Counter Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices
    • Electronic Warfare
      Next Generation FPGAs for Electronic Warfare Systems
    • Materials: Composites
      Managing the Impact of Nanomaterials in Aerospace Manufacturing
    • Aerospace Materials/Manufacturing
      Turbine Flow Meters
    • Alternative Power Sources
      Designing a Power Generation System for a More-Electric Aircraft
    • Clamoring for more entertainment
      Connected consumers drive demand for bandwidth, though seatback entertainment remains popular.
    • Fighting for life in military markets
      Airbus Defense & Space is looking to revitalize and ramp up production rates of its military aircraft portfolio.
    • Touch and go
      Avionics developments are changing life in the cockpit and at airborne work stations
    • Sandwich cores for the future
      Decreasing weight while increasing strength is always critical, from airliners to future space missions to Mars. Research in sandwich cores today may lead to radical improvements in the future.
    • Powering on
      Rolls-Royce's Chief Engineer discusses how new technologies in the Trent XWB family of engines are inspiring current R&D design and evaluation work as part of its strategic roadmap for future big fanjets. Ongoing development work and associated test programs extend across a broad range of activities and involve many partners.
    • Countering cybersecurity threats against unmanned vehicle systems
      Cranfield University researchers have developed a monitoring system whose purpose is to monitor mission profile implementation at both high level mission execution and at lower level software code operation to tackle specific threats of malicious code and possible spurious commands received over a vehicle's data links.
    • Big Data, aircraft, and a better future
      Aircraft manufacturers, in particular engine makers, are exploiting the opportunities that come with collecting the vast amount of data available, from customer reports to engine exhaust temperatures. Why is it potentially so useful? What are some of the best ways to use it?
    • Let the good times continue to roll
      The booming international commercial aviation sector continues to be a bright light leading the future of the aerospace industry.
    • Regional and bizjets refined and redefined
      As the regional and business jet markets steadily rebound, so too do the propulsion technologies that will provide airframers and their customers competitive advantage.
    • Getting it right with composites
      With composites now a mainstay in most new aircraft designs, the engineering emphasis has switched from understanding if they work to thinking through the most efficient way to manufacture them, such as using design-for-manufacturing software.
    • Unmanned Aerial Systems
      Deploying Next-Generation UAS Platforms with 3U VPX
    • Unmanned Ground Vehicles
      UGVs - On the Cutting Edge of Thermal Management
    • Unmanned Surface/Underwater Vehicles
      Controlling the Seas - Introducing a New Concept in Autonomous Surface/Underwater Vehicles
    • Robotics
      Connectivity in Robotic Systems
    • Propulsion
      Fanjet Evolution - the Next Steps
    • Composites
      Dry Drilling Composites Using Carbon Dioxide Cooling
    • Wireless sensing--the road to future digital avionics
      A look at the comparative performance of wired and wireless sensors, type of wireless sensors & interfaces, frequency performance, protocols, network topologies and qualification standards.
    • Testing reality in an increasingly complex design space
      Digital simulation tools have transformed the designing and testing of new airplanes, as well as the way they are manufactured and sustained.
    • Materials
      Infusing Lightweight Composite Structures
    • Business Jets
      Business Jets Bounce Back
    • Adaptive trimming of composite parts
      Some of the techniques used in the Adaptive Manufacturing System are normal aerospace processes. The unique and enabling process is the scanning and adaptive trimming.
    • Propulsion: Energy Sources
      Flying on vegetation
    • Avionics/Electronics
      Avionics heat up, in a good way
    • Unmanned Vehicles
      Reaching the benchmark in secure unmanned vehicle software
    • Thermal Management
      Submersion and directed flow cooling technology for military applications
    • RF & Microwave Technology
      Airborne antenna considerations for C-Band telemetry systems

    • Software-designed system improves wireless test speed and coverage
    • Start-up ability of UAVs on task
    • Besides low cost, easy manufacturability, light weight, long operation time, and high durability, miniature UAVs need restart capability during flight.
    • 3-D manufacturing of titanium components takes off
      MRO providers are discovering ways to innovate their procedures while remaining viable and profitable through the current downturn in government spending.
    • Commercial programs are flying high
      With economic regeneration underway this year, the rate of ordering new aircraft has been at an all-time high, with the result that backlogs for undelivered new production stretch well into the next decade for some popular models.
    • Simulations for safety
      Improved design tools let aircraft developers ensure that systems, software, and mechanical elements all work together.
    • Europe's aerospace industry looking confident
      Apart from Airbus's highly visible presence in defense and commercial aircraft, Europe also has successful capabilities in helicopters, business jets, and aero engines, and in all these areas their global market share is growing.
    • Comparing blade-element momentum modeling to 3-D CFD
      Many small unmanned aerial vehicles (SUAVs) are driven by small scale, fixed blade propellers, and the flow produced by the propeller can have a significant impact on the aerodynamics of the SUAV itself.
    • Defying convention
      Rapid prototyping has the potential to play a beneficial role in unconventional autonomous airship design. By reducing model cost, build time, difficulty of construction, and maintaining acceptable surface quality and finish, designers have greater ability to analyze several configurations of airships and to change the geometry to increase stability, reduce drag, or fulfill mission requirements.
    • Simulating lightweight vehicles operating on discrete terrain
      Researchers characterize the mobility of autonomous reconnaissance vehicles on terrain considered to be deformable, and represented as a collection of bodies of spherical shape.