Future rotorcraft expects large improvements on range, speed, capacity, performance, safety, handling qualities, and environmental greenness. To achieve such goals, next generation rotorcraft adopt innovative design such as tiltrotor and coaxial rotors, utilize the-state-of-the art composite materials, and integrate fly-by-wire flight control system. These advanced platforms present more complex aeromechanical characteristics, which demand new analysis and simulation techniques to model and ingenious control system to manage. Rotorcraft Aeromechanics and Control (RAC) lab at UA conduct research on rotorcraft aeromechanics and flight simulation and control for next generation rotorcraft, and also in related fields of wind turbine, turbine machinery, and helicopter transmissions.
RAC facility includes a flight simulator built with a full-scale helicopter, wing and blade structure dynamics test system, and Linux workstations and clusters running multibody dynamics based comprehensive rotorcraft analyses. RAC group currently comprises two Ph.D. students, five MS students, and undergraduate students.
- August: Christian Hoover joined RAC as a doctoral student.
- August: Preston was awarded ARL Student Fellowship.
- August: Dr. Shen teaches AEM 468 “Flight Dynamics and Control II” and AEM 495 “Senior Seminar”
- June: Dr. Shen was awarded ARL Summer Faculty Fellowship.
- June: Preston was awarded ARL Summer Student Fellowship.
- June: Undergraduate Student Haoyang Zhang and Zhe Wu joined the lab, and works on the heli-sim.