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Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Aerospace Engineering

The Aerospace Engineering Department research interests are mainly in three areas of concentration: Aerodynamics and Propulsion with research topics in Aeroacoustic modeling, micro air vehicles; heat transfer in turbine blades, hybrid propulsion systems, rocket propulsion; Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, hypersonic vehicles and hypersonic combustion, pulsed detonation engines, extending stall margins in highly loaded fans and compressors; rotorcraft aerodynamics; turbulent boundary layer/shear layers and their control; two-phase boundary layers; fluid structure interactions; numerical simulation of plasma for flow control and plasma assisted combustion, LES of compressible turbulence and high speed combustion.
Dynamics & Control with research topics in autonomous unpiloted air and ground vehicles; evolving aerospace structures and formations; control of flexible aerospace structures; networked systems; aircraft guidance control and handling qualities; spacecraft guidance, navigation and control, with emphasis on rendezvous and proximity operations; aviation safety; artificial intelligence; wind energy systems; and control of quantum information systems.
Structures & Materials with topics in aircraft structural design; aeroelastic tailoring; design for additive manufacturing; optimization of composite structures; smart actuators and systems; guided-wave structural health monitoring; static and impact performance of lightweight materials; use of carbon nanotubes and graphene for strengthening and repair of composites; and molecular dynamic simulation.

Civil Engineering

The Civil Engineering Department has a broad range of research interests and focuses spanning many tracks such transportation, structures, materials, infrastructure and environmental engineering. Department encourages interdepartmental and interdisciplinary pursuits.

Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering

The Department of Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering has faculty, students, and degree programs reflecting a broad range of interests and expertise, all of which focus on the actualization of the invisible. The Department provides the campus leadership for research into the technologies enabling the Next Generation Air Transportation Systems and leads the College degree programs and associated research efforts in autonomous and unmanned systems, particularly with regards to the increasingly critical area of sense-and-avoid. Department research focuses heavily on the end-to-end development of safety-critical systems, including the modeling, software development hardware design, testing, certification, and deployment of these systems.

Mechanical Engineering

Graduate research in the Mechanical Engineering Department is focused on hybrid electric propulsion for automotive applications, unmanned and autonomous systems for ground, surface, and aerial vehicles, motorsports engineering and high-performance vehicles, bio-engineering, and development of clean energy systems.

Physical Science

Research areas in the Physical Science Department include experimental programs with satellite systems, sounding rockets, ground-based remote-sensing experiments and a parallel program of theoretical studies in the areas of space systems engineering, upper atmospheric physics, space physics, and plasma and magnetospheric physics.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Center for Motorsports

The Center for Motorsports is ERAU’s cutting-edge facility for the application of aerodynamics and propulsion design to the automotive industry.

Eagle Flight Research Center

The Embry-Riddle Eagle Flight Research Center (EFRC) serves as the university’s Aerospace R&D facility. The state-of-the-art center is equipped to conduct a variety of projects, including:

Experimental flight testing; Aircraft modifications for FAA certification;
Design and testing of unmanned aerial systems (UAS); Development and verification of high-fidelity (up to Level D) flight-data models used in engineering and training simulators;
Prototype engineering solutions to advance eco-friendly alternatives in aviation.

FAA NextGen Florida Test Bed

The NextGen facility at the Florida Test Bed, operated by ERAU and with significant engagement by College of Engineering faculty and staff, is responsible for demonstrating emerging concepts and capabilities related to NextGen within the scope of air traffic control, as well as airport and airline operations. In general, the early stages of a NextGen advancement " such as rapid prototyping and demonstrations " occur at this facility.

Next-Generation ERAU Advanced Research (NEAR) Lab

The NEAR lab carries out high-quality consulting research for the aviation industry, including cost-benefit anlaysis, data warehouse, fast-time simulation, real-time distributed simulation, probabilistic weather forecastic, metrics and methodologies, and human factors modeling and analysis. Primary areas of focus include the management of the next generation airspace, the integration of human-in-the-loop and situational awareness with unmanned aircraft systems, and the systems considerations of modern aviation technologies, including the cost-benefit analysis, the regulatory components of NextGen, and realistic weather concerns and constraints.