Army aeronautical engineers discuss future vertical lift advances at conference

August 20, 2018

By ARL Public Affairs

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Aug. 20, 2018) -- Aeronautical engineers from the U.S. Army's corporate laboratory recently facilitated an important panel discussion session at a propulsion conference.

The Army Research Laboratory's Vehicle Technology Directorate sent its key subject matter experts to the 54th AIAA/ASEE/SAE Joint Propulsion Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, July 9-11, 2018. AIAA is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. ASEE advances innovation, excellence, and access at all levels of education for the engineering profession. SAE International is a leader in connecting and educating engineers while promoting, developing and advancing aerospace, commercial vehicle and automotive engineering.

"The topic of the panel was "Future Vertical Life Propulsion Systems and Associated S&T Challenges," said Dr. Anindya Ghoshal, a senior research aerospace engineer with the lab's Vehicle Technology Directorate. "ARL and our collaborators presented about 25 technical papers at the conference, in addition to the panel session."

The panel, July 10, 2018, included ARL's Propulsion Division Chief Dr. Chol-bum "Mike" Kweon, GE Aviation's Military Technology Programs Lead Rob Levin, NASA's Turbomachinery and Turboelectric Systems Branch Chief Dr. Ken Suder, Georgia Tech's Dr. Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory Division Chief Jimmy Tai and ARL's Rotorcraft Propulsion Team Lead Waldo Acosta.

"During the session, each panelist presented their views on current and future research for propulsion technologies relevant to future vertical lift," Ghoshal said. "One potential technology that was mentioned by multiple panelists was variable speed turbine engines and transmissions for higher available power and efficiency."

Ghoshal said these projects are collaborative efforts between the laboratory and NASA.

"We will continue to collaborate with relevant stakeholders to advance future vertical lift propulsion technologies," he said.

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.


Last Update / Reviewed: August 20, 2018