Lab Structure

Lab Structure

The Georgia Institute of Technology (GT), and its two partners, the University of Michigan (UM) and Washington University in St. Louis (WU), have assembled a strong, integrated, and well balanced team of university researchers, industry engineers, and government scientists to creatively address the technology barriers facing the vertical lift community. The management team includes senior experienced vertical lift technology managers from Dr. Bob Loewy as the previous Chair of Aerospace Engineering, to Dr. Dan Schrage as the Director of the VLRCOE and Dr. Mark Costello, Sikorsky Rotorcraft Technology Professor, GT; Dr. Peretz Friedmann, UM; and Dr. Dave Peters, WU, as Associate Directors. Also illustrated are the additional individual investigators and their respective universities that have been selected to enhance the program content. Clark Atlanta University, an HBCU, has been a long term participant in the GT RCOE and has excellent structures and materials test facilities. The University of Texas at San Antonio, an MI, has developed a stochastic maximum likelihood technique that will be utilized in at least one task. The success of the GT management team is evident in the true partnership that the GT VLRCOE has achieved with the rotorcraft community in the past and will be continued in the VLRCOE. Its characteristics are a true interdisciplinary team that produced a synergistic environment for integrating disciplinary research with design activities, and a dedication to technology transfer. An approach that has achieved strong technology transfer, whether it be through numerous RITA/CRI tasks, the transfer of computational codes (CFD, DYMORE, VABS), former students who are now serving in key technical positions with industry and government, or independent design assessments conducted for government and industry.

The three principal activities of the VLRCOE shown in the following figure are designed to encourage synergistic interactions among the VLRCOE research program in vertical lift technology, the vertical lift curriculum, and the technology transfer program. VLRCOE participants consist of well-known senior members, strong rising star mid career faculty, and young promising junior faculty along with advisors from a group of outstanding researchers, engineers, and engineering managers from all three major U.S. vertical lift companies, UTRC, and numerous government organizations involved in the vertical lift community. The team has strong participation from an HBCU and MI, through faculty involvement in selected technical tasks and through educational outreach and recruiting.

The VLRCOE established itself from its inception as a true interdisciplinary center by demonstrating its understanding of the tightly coupled rotorcraft aeromechanics, flight control, vibration and acoustics, design and analysis problem. As a result of conducting research in this complex interdisciplinary field for over 20 years the VLRCOE has organized itself so that every task has representative investigators from different disciplinary areas, designated as Primary (P) or Secondary (S). For the VLRCOE, this very successful approach is utilized in expanding the current capability across all the identified research fields.