Ushering in Hypersonic Era
Assistant professor Stuart “Alex” Craig is among a trio of researchers behind the UA’s new wind tunnels capable of shooting air at Mach 4 and Mach 5. They are studying instability and materials failure for aircraft and missiles flying at hypersonic speeds.With China and Russia flight-testing hypersonic drone aircraft whose missile payloads can strike targets thousands of miles away in less than an hour, we’re definitely seeing an uptick.
Improving Electronics at Atomic Level
Assistant professor Qing Hao, an NSF Career Award recipient, is studying heat transfer in nanomaterials for products ranging from semiconductors in computers to heat shields on rockets.Our study will be the first to analyze in detail how phonons interact with a single grain boundary.
Understanding Space Debris
A team of UA researchers, including Roberto Furfaro, associate professor and director of Space Situational Awareness–Arizona, is collaborating with universities from around the world to employ an advanced camera on a CubeSat that will monitor meteorites striking the moon.Now agencies are exploring the feasibility of sending these cubes out not just around Earth, but to explore other areas.
Predicting Failure with Peridynamics
Professor Erdogan Madenci is leading a multi-university team that is using peridynamic theory to predict damage and failure of materials in electronics ranging from microchips to components of aircraft.We are developing predictive tools based on peridynamic theory that will enable us to manipulate the properties of materials and lead to the design of new materials.
Reducing Aircraft Drag
Professor Israel Wygnanski is perfecting active flow control technology for smaller, more efficient vertical tails on airliners, which could decrease fuel consumption and carbon emissions.This new tool could change the entire way we design airplanes. You can use an oscillatory thrust, or momentum input, in place of the large tail.