A Week in Review: 2/9/14 – 2/15/14

February 12, 2014

Tunnel 9 engineers conduct boundary layer transition experiments at Mach 10
The Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 is performing experiments on a large 7-degree cone test article at Mach 10 to improve the understanding of hypersonic boundary layer transition in testing and evaluation (T&E) facilities. The testing is made possible under the Test Resource Management Center (TRMC) and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) funded Hypersonic Center of Testing Excellence (CoTE).

A Week in Review: 2/2/14 – 2/8/14

February 3, 2014

UC Researchers at Ground Control in Launching the Fastest Plane of the Future
Randy Allemang, a UC professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Structural Dynamics Research Lab in the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), will present a validation metric that involves principal component analysis (PCA) decomposition of simulation and test data to measure the uncertainty in how well the models match with measured data, which will ultimately determine the success in approaching how such a plane could be built. That 25-year exploratory project is led by the U.S. Air Force.

Diamond film possible without the pressure
Now researchers at Rice University and in Russia have calculated a “phase diagram” for the creation of diamane. The diagram is a road map. It lays out the conditions – temperature, pressure and other factors – that would be necessary to turn stacked sheets of graphene into a flawless diamond lattice.

February 4, 2014

Fruit flies – fermented-fruit connoisseurs – are relentless party crashers
That fruit fly joining you just moments after you poured that first glass of cabernet, has just used its poppy-seed-sized brain to conduct a finely-choreographed search, one that’s been described for the first time by researchers at the University of Washington.

February 5, 2014

Ballistic Transport in Graphene Suggests New Type of Electronic Device
 “This work shows that we can control graphene electrons in very different ways because the properties are really exceptional,” said Walt de Heer, a Regent’s professor in the School of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. “This could result in a new class of coherent electronic devices based on room temperature ballistic transport in graphene. Such devices would be very different from what we make today in silicon.”

A Week in Review: 1/19/14 – 1/25/14

January 24, 2014

AFOSR awards $15.5 million in research grants
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research today announced that it will award approximately $15.5 million in grants to 42 scientists and engineers from 32 research institutions who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program (YIP).

A Week in Review: 1/12/14 – 1/18/14

January 14, 2014

Rival Spaceplanes attract interest abroad
Two very different space planes being developed in Europe and the United States have each won the interest of parties on the opposite sides of the Atlantic. The UK’s design for Skylon – and in particular its revolutionary SABRE hybrid engine – is to be studied and assessed by the US Air Force to see if the technology has potential to power its hypersonic vehicles. And the European Space Agency (ESA) has agreed to work with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) to find areas where they work together to develop the American company’s Dream Chaser spacecraft.

January 17, 2014

Princeton’s IP Accelerator Fund awarded to four promising technologies
Enhanced cybersecurity, non-scarring tattoo removal, 3-D photography and a laser-scanning device are projects selected for Princeton University’s Intellectual Property Accelerator Fund, which supports discoveries that have significant potential for further development into products or services.

A Week in Review: 12/8/13 – 12/14/13

December 9, 2013

AFRL Reducing Demand for Fuel, Water
When setting up an expeditionary base downrange, the Base Expeditionary Airfield Resources (BEAR) Global Management Office (GMO) is responsible.

December 11, 2013

UNL-led team finds less is more with adding graphene to nanofibers
Figuring that if some is good, more must be better, researchers have been trying to pack more graphene, a supermaterial, into structural composites. Collaborative research led by University of Nebraska-Lincoln materials engineers discovered that, in this case, less is more.

December 12, 2013

Light and sound fire scientists’ imaginations
Rice University researchers lead review of photonic, phononic metamaterials
Strategies to manipulate light and sound go back to the first spherical glass bead and the pounding of the first hollow log. But their full potential is only just becoming apparent, according to a review by materials scientists at Rice University and their colleagues.

December 13, 2013

USAFA Physics Dept. expands Falcon Telescope network to La Junta
Researchers at the Air Force Academy’s Department of Physics Center for Space Situational Awareness Research now have new university partners around the globe, thanks to a project combining satellite and educational outreach.