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May 3, 2024

imaginAviation 2024 Univeristy Poster Session Awards
Congratulations to the awardees for imaginAviation 2024! To view all posters, visit NASA imaginAviation.
Team Awards:
• First Team to Register: Hybrid Quadplane Search and Rescue Missions, North Carolina A&T State University, USRC
Best Summary Video: Carbon Fiber Composites (CFC) Recycling Technology Enabled by the TuFF Technology, University of Delaware, ULI
• First Place Poster: Secure and Safe Assured Autonomy, North Carolina A&T State University, ULI
• Second Place Poster: Hybrid Quadplane Search and Rescue Missions, North Carolina A&T State University, USRC
Third Place Poster: Carbon Fiber Composites (CFC) Recycling Technology Enabled by the TuFF Technology, University of Delaware, ULI

Individual Awards:
• First Place Poster: Urban Air Mobility Fatigue Prediction, Aaron Crawford, Georgia Institute of Technology
• Second Place Poster: Cooling Effectiveness and Flow Characterization of Additively Manufactured Turbine Blades with Drilled Film Cooling Holes, Nicholas Gailey, Pennsylvania State University
• Third Place Poster (tie): Energy-Aware Portal Siting for Regional Air Mobility, Katherine Vasiloff, University of Tennessee
• Third Place Poster (tie): Using CFD to Develop an Inlet Profile Simulator for High-Pressure Turbine Aerodynamics and Heat Transfer Studies, Chad Schaeffer, Pennsylvania State University
• Fifth Place Poster: RealWindDroneSim (RWDS), Bohan Zhang, Saint Louis University

April 18, 2024

Nicola “Nicky” Fox, the head of NASA’s Science Directorate and an expert in heliophysics — sun-related physics — will visit the University of Delaware’s corner of the universe.

During her visit, Fox will present “NASA’s Vision for Powerful Science,” a public talk from her perspective as the director of about 100 scientific missions at the world’s largest space agency. The presentation begins at 1:30 p.m. in UD’s Mitchell Hall. All are invited. The program also will be livestreamed to allow for broader public access.

Register Today!

March 8, 2024
Congratulations to 2023 ULI Summer Intern Iveena Mukherjee on her selection as one of only two outstanding young leaders to represent Delaware as a delegate to the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) to be held in Washington, D.C. March 2 – 9, 2024. Iveena will also receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship. Iveea is photographed below with Senator Chris Coons and Senator Tom Carper.

November 27, 2023

October 25, 2023 – Third Annual Review Highlights

  • 212 registrants
  • Tours and demos
  • Executive Advisory Council commented – “World Class Research”
  • Deep Draw/Stretch Forming Part Demonstrations
  • New Constitutive model for Tuff thermoset implemented in Aniform for forming simulations
  • Fatigue performance of TuFF 3mm IM7/LM-PAEK cross-ply laminates demonstrated (no microcracking 2M cycles @ 0.9% tensile strain (R=0.1)
  • Origins of fiber waviness during processing visualized using single fiber model composites
  • Process improvements in TuFF alignment mechanisms lead to improvements in fiber preform quality for thin ply preforms.
  • TuFF Fiber steering demonstrated feasibility of reducing minimum steering radius by 1-2 orders of magnitude defect free
  • Sole ULI invited by NASA to participate in NASA DC Day on the Hill on November 15, 2023

Third Annual Review, October 25, 2023
The Third Annual Review of the NASA University Leadership Initiative Composite Manufacturing Technologies for Aerospace Performance at Automotive Production Rates program will be held at the University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials on October 25, 2023, starting at 8:00am (EST). This is an open meeting; attendees may attend in-person or via Teams.

A team led by the University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials (UD-CCM) is addressing technology barriers and education/workforce training needs in composites manufacturing that provides aerospace performance at high production rates for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and commercial air platforms. Our approach for manufacturing of complex geometry composite parts uses our highly aligned short fiber technology (called TuFF or Tailorable universal Feedstock for Forming) that can be stretch formed while retaining continuous fiber equivalent properties and aerospace quality.

Overview talks on UAM Technology needs and TuFF processing, microstructure, material formats and material properties as well as our extensive outreach activities will be presented. Technical sessions will provide updates on mechanics of aligned short fiber composites, forming of aligned short fiber composites and part process development. Lab tours of UD-CCM (Newark site) are planned for in-person attendees.
September 19, 2023

  • Joby selects Dayton, Ohio, for first scaled eVTOL manufacturing facility
  • Located in the “birthplace of aviation,” Joby’s 2025 facility, led by state and local support, will deliver up to 500 aircraft per year with potential to reinforce further growth.
    June 28, 2023

  • First eVTOL Prototype Rolls Off Joby’s Production Line
  • Joby Marks Production Launch, Receives Permit to Fly First Aircraft Built on Production Line
    June 26, 2023

  • Three recent UD engineering graduates translated their space research into outreach for pre-k students at the UD Early Learning Center
    May 2, 2023

  • Joby extends Agility Prime contract for eVTOL aircraft delivery
    April 12, 2023

  • ULI Tech Talks, May 15, 2023
  • Topic: Leading Advanced Turbine Research for Hybrid Electric Propulsion Systems

    Presenting Speakers and their Affiliation:
    • Karen Thole, Penn State
    • Jon Gladin, Georgia Tech
    • Ben Emerson, Georgia Tech

    Summary of the Talk:
    The electrification of aircraft propulsion has attracted the attention of the aerospace industry in recent years due to its potential benefits in reducing energy, carbon emissions, noise, maintenance cost, and cash operating cost. A significant number of research, technology, and product development efforts are underway to explore and exploit these perceived benefits. The realization and magnitude of these benefits depend on aircraft size, mission, fuel costs, architectural configuration, technology capability of the primary electrical components (i.e., energy storage devices, electric machines, and power conversion devices), and the electrical grid carbon intensity. One feasible solution to reducing the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from commercial aviation is to use hybrid-electric propulsion (HEP), which is particularly well-suited for single-aisle medium- and short-haul aircraft. The objective of this research is to optimize the turbine design for HEP aircraft to meet the turbine efficiencies equal to that of large cores and reduce the energy consumption of the turbine by 8-12% over the entire flight envelope. This presentation will address the challenges of optimizing hybrid electric propulsion congruent with the combustor and turbine components.
    March 6, 2023

  • From UD to NASA
  • Alumna and aerospace engineer Erin Rezich shares her journey
    February 23, 2023

  • Joby Completes Second Stage of Certification Process
  • In the second stage of the type certification process, a company identifies the ways in which it will demonstrate it has met the regulatory intent of the safety rules (“Means of Compliance”) that were defined during the first stage of the process (“Certification Basis”).
    February 14, 2022

  • Joby Begins Final Assembly of First Company-Conforming Aircraft
  • Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, today announced it has begun final assembly of what is believed to be the world’s first company-conforming electric, vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.
    January 5, 2023

  • USRC Solicitation on NASA NSPIRES is now open for cycle 2 with proposals due February 2, 2023
  • The University Student Research Challenge (USRC) (solicitation NNH21ZEA001N-USRC2) seeks to challenge students to propose new ideas/concepts that are relevant to NASA Aeronautics. USRC will provide students, from accredited U.S. colleges or universities, with grants of up to $80,000 for their projects and with the challenge of raising cost share funds through a crowdfunding campaign. The process of creating and implementing a crowdfunding campaign acts as a teaching accelerator – requiring students to act like entrepreneurs and raise awareness about their research among the public. The solicitation goal can be accomplished through project ideas such as advancing the design, developing technology or capabilities in support of aviation, by demonstrating a novel concept, or enabling advancement of aeronautics-related technologies. Notices of Intent (NOIs) are not required for this solicitation. Three-page proposals for the next USRC cycle are due February 23, 2023. Proposals can also be submitted later and evaluated in the second and third cycles.
    December 23, 2022

  • Joby completes second of four system reviews with the FAA
    December 19, 2022

  • TuFF Talk by Tierney: John Tierney, Ph.D., lead inventor of the TuFF Technology spoke with WDEL
    December 12, 2022

  • NASA University Leadership Initiative (ULI) – Composite Manufacturing Technologies for Aerospace Performance at Automotive Production Rates
    July 3, 2022

  • 60 Minutes, eVTOL: The flying vehicles that may be the future of transportation
    March 4, 2022

  • TuFF Material Q&A Session with Taka Kubota & Steve Crimaldi at NASA’s IMAGINAVIATION.
  • Read more on the Nasa ULI transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program
    March 1, 2022

  • Learn how TuFF technology is inspiring, invigorating, and impacting the aviation community.
    February 10, 2021

  • Garmin G3000 integrated flight deck selected by Joby Aviation for revolutionary eVTOL aircraft
    February 9, 2021

  • Joby Agrees to eVTOL Certification Requirements with FAA
  • Joby Aviation accelerates eVTOL aircraft certification
  • Joby Aviation Generates First Revenue, Takes Key Step Towards Certifying Aircraft
    January 26, 2021

  • With Toyota’s Help, This Secretive Entrepreneur May Finally Give US Flying Cars
    December 10, 2020

  • U.S. Air Force gives Lift to Flying Taxis
    December 8, 2020

  • Uber sells its flying taxi business
    October 13, 2020

  • Composite aerostructures in the emerging urban air mobility market
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