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AIAA HRS Young Professionals Technical Excellence Lecture - October 24th

  • 1.  AIAA HRS Young Professionals Technical Excellence Lecture - October 24th

    Posted 04 Oct, 2023 15:19
    Edited by Kyle Thompson 04 Oct, 2023 15:20

    AIAA HRS Young Professionals
    Fall 2023 Technical Excellence Lecture


    Advances in Aero-Propulsive Modeling for eVTOL Using Experimental Data

    By Benjamin Simmons

    Ben Simmons


    The AIAA HRS Young Professionals (YP) Committee is proud to host its Fall 2023 Technical Excellence Lecture in a virtual lunch & learn format, featuring the work of the 2024 AIAA HRS Robert Mitcheltree Young Engineer of the Year Award winner, Benjamin Simmons. Attendance is open to all!


    BIO: Dr. Benjamin M. Simmons is a Research Aerospace Engineer in the Flight Dynamics Branch at NASA Langley Research Center. His research interests include aircraft system identification, design of experiments, aerodynamic modeling for complex aerospace vehicles, and flight dynamics simulation development. He received a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech in Spring 2023.


    ABSTRACT: Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft have recently emerged as new aeronautical vehicles intended to enable future Advanced Air Mobility transportation missions. Flight dynamics models for eVTOL aircraft are needed to support technology advancement for many related disciplines; however, complex eVTOL vehicle attributes, including many control effectors and significant propulsion-airframe interaction effects, present a challenge for efficient and accurate vehicle modeling using traditional methods. Building on established techniques applied for fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, this presentation will highlight recent advances in aero-propulsive modeling and system identification for transitioning eVTOL aircraft using experimental data. The lecture's topics will include formulation of eVTOL-vehicle-specific aero-propulsive modeling strategies, wind-tunnel experiment designs leveraging response surface methods and programmed test input executions, and a full-envelope flight-test system identification approach. The empirical modeling techniques that will be discussed can be readily applied to many different eVTOL vehicle configurations to facilitate rapid, accurate flight dynamics simulation development.

    DATE: Tuesday, October 24, 2023
    TIME: 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    PLACE: NASA Langley Research Center, Building 2102, NACA Dining Room (Room 188)
    MENU: Beverages, pizza

    • Bring your own lunch - Free!
    • 1 pizza slice + beverage - $3
    • 2 pizza slice + beverage - $5
    • 3 pizza slice + beverage - $7

    WEBIAR LINK: For virtual attendees, please join using the following link: https://aiaa.zoom.us/j/81619221326

    Please register for the meeting by October 18th at: https://tinyurl.com/AIAA-HRS-2023-Fall-TEL


    Kyle Thompson, kyle.b.thompson@nasa.gov

    Drew Turbeville, franklin.d.turbeville@nasa.gov


    Kyle Thompson
    NASA Langley Research Center
    Hampton VA