(Feb. 6, 2020) Prof. George Bibel, Dr. Derek Hengeveld/Mr. Jacob Moulton, Dr. Patricia M. Beauchamp

When:  Feb 6, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 1:55 PM (PT)
Associated with  Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section

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AIAA LA-LV e-Town Hall Meeting
Saturday, February 6th, 2020 (online on Zoom)
10 AM (PST) (Add to Calendar: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/addtocalendar?oeidk=a07ehgvja4a549ae4c2)

Tentative Agenda (All Time PST) (Pacific Standard Time, US and Canada)
10:05 am: Dr. Chandrashekhar Sonwane (Welcome, AIAA LA LV Section Chair)
10:10 am: Prof. George Bibel (University of North Dakota)
11:40 am: Dr. Derek Hengeveld and Mr. Jacob Moulton (LoadPath)
12:25 pm: Dr. Patricia M. Beauchamp (JPL/CalTech)
01:55 pm: Adjourn

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(Part I)
Beyond the Black Box:
The Forensics of Airplane Crashes
Prof. George Bibel
AIAA Distinguished Lecturer,
Professor of Mechanical Engineering at
the University of North Dakota
(Part II)
Veritrek: Enhanced thermal analysis using reduced-order models
(with the Mars 2020 helicopter mission as the main example)
Derek Hengeveld, PhD, PE
Technical Lead for Veritrek
Senior Engineer, LoadPath
Mr. Jacob Moulton
Veritrek Expert, LoadPath
(Part III)
Venus Flagship Mission Planetary Decadal Study
Patricia M. Beauchamp, Ph.D
Chief Technologist, Engineering and Science Directorate
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
(Part I)
Beyond the Black Box:
The Forensics of Airplane Crashes

Prof. George Bibel is the author of Beyond the Black Box: The Forensics of Airplane Crashes. The book discussed unusual and interesting airplane accidents. The book, featured in the RAF News, was favorably reviewed by New Scientist, the New York Times, and Discovery Magazine. Beyond the Black Box was also expanded into a training seminar presented at Boeing. Bibel, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of North Dakota, has just completed a second book on aviation accidents with an airline pilot co-author.

The presentation is based on a collection of outstanding graphics with an occasional crash video.

(Part II)
TITLE: Veritrek: Enhanced thermal analysis using reduced-order models

Veritrek is a thermal software suite that allows you to analyze thermal models faster, minimize design risk, and maximize understanding of your entire design space. Veritrek gives you access to thousands of simulation results quickly by leveraging the power of reduced-order models (ROMs), which act as statistical emulators built from high-fidelity simulations. Veritrek’s current analysis features allow you to perform sensitivity studies, design optimization routines, trade studies, and response surface generation. In this talk, we will demonstrate Veritrek’s current features, highlight new 4.0 features including rapid thermal model correlation, and detail how Veritrek is helping with the upcoming Mars 2020 mission.

Dr. Derek Hengeveld is the technical lead for Veritrek and have conducted progressive research in the area of reduced-order modeling for over 10 years. His research interests include advanced modeling and numerical methods as applied to thermal systems. Results of my work have been successfully transitioned to applications within the Department of Defense, NASA, and the HVAC industry.

Mr. Jacob Moulton is a Veritrek expert who has been assisting thermal analysts daily to improve their models, incorporate reduced-order modeling into their workflows, and understand Veritrek results. During his career, he has worked on designing, developing, analyzing, and testing thermal control hardware for a broad range of applications.

(Part III)
P. Beauchamp(1), M. Gilmore(2), and the VFM study team
1 Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
2 Wesleyan University

More than any other known planet, Venus is essential to our understanding of the evolution and habitability of Earth-size planets throughout the galaxy. We address two critical questions for planetary science: 1) How, if at all, did Venus evolve through a habitable phase? 2) What circumstances affect how volatiles shape habitable worlds? More than any other group, volatile elements have a strong influence on the evolutionary paths of rocky bodies and are critical to understanding solar system evolution. It is clear that Venus experienced a different volatile element history from the Earth thus providing the only accessible example of one end-state of habitable Earth-size planets. Venus will allow us to identify the mechanisms that operate together to produce and maintain habitable worlds like our own.

The Venus Flagship Mission (VFM) concept architecture relies on five collaborative platforms: an Orbiter, Lander, variable-altitude Aerobot and two Small Satellites (SmallSats) delivered via a single launch (notionally on a Falcon 9 heavy expendable). The platforms would use multiple instruments to measure the exosphere, atmosphere and surface at multiple scales with high precision and over time. VFM would provide the first measurements of mineralogy and geochemistry of tessera terrain to examine rocks considered to be among the most likely to have formed in a habitable climate regime. Landed, descent, aerial and orbital platforms would work synergistically to measure the chemical composition of the atmosphere including the Aerobot operating for 60 days in the Venus clouds. Loss mechanisms would be constrained by the SmallSats in two key orbits. The baseline payload for VFM includes instruments to make the first measurements of seismicity and remanent magnetism, the first long-lived (60 day) surface platform and the first life detection instrument at Venus to interrogate what could be an inhabited world.

The VFM concept directly addresses each of the three Venus Exploration Analysis Group (VEXAG) goals as well as several of the strategic objectives of the 2020 NASA Science Plan, Planetary Science Division, Heliophysics and Astrophysics. The simultaneous, synergistic measurements of the solid body, surface, atmosphere and space environment provided by the VFM would allow us to target the most accessible Earth-size planet in our galaxy, and gain a profound new understanding of the evolution of our solar system and habitable worlds.

Dr. Patricia M. Beauchamp is the Chief Technologist for the Engineering and Science Directorate at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and also a founding member of Planetary Exploration Science Technology Office (PESTO) within the NASA PSD. She was the deputy PI of a Venus Flagship Mission Concept Study for the Planetary Decadal Survey. She has been on the executive committees of the Outer Planet and Venus Science Assessment Groups and has been responsible and/or involved in developing technology plans for the Outer Planets, Venus and Small Bodies Assessment Groups. Her previous JPL roles include serving as Manager of the Planetary Instrument Development Office, Leader of the Center for In-Situ Exploration and Sample Return (CISSR), and Project Manager for the MICAS Instrument on DS1. She is the recipient of the multiple Aerojet, JPL and NASA awards. Pat received her PhD in Chemistry from Caltech in 1981 followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in Chemical Engineering. Before joining JPL in 1991 she managed the Detector and Materials Research Department at Aerojet ElectroSystems.

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