Advancing Aerospace and Transportation

Wright State University

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Wright State University

 

Wright State University has the expertise and resources for developing new technologies that can be used to both create and improve automotive and aerospace vehicles. The Center of Excellence in Product Reliability and Optimization uses computer modeling and simulation to help the Air Force design new wings, fuselages and tails for future fighter aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles. The Center of Excellence for Micro Air Vehicle Research has created a vehicle modeled after a flying insect, which has a seven-and-a-half-inch wingspan and weighs the equivalent of two nickels. The tiny vehicle is designed to help the military spy on enemies in urban areas, inside buildings and also to support rescue missions. The center has worked with the Miamisburg, Ohio-based Mound Laser & Photonics Center, which uses laser micromachining to create parts for the vehicle and weld them together.

Driving Economic Advancement

Technologies developed at Wright State have numerous commercial applications. To compete in a global market, Ohio must create innovative products that require minimal cost to manufacture and maintain. Using computer-based research to model physics, researchers at the Center of Excellence in Product Reliability and Optimization are able to simulate a product before it is manufactured, saving companies millions of dollars in testing costs. This directly improves the bottom line of industrial partners such as Honda, GM, Ford, Caterpillar and numerous auto suppliers. In addition, technology developed at the Center of Excellence for Micro Air Vehicle Research has applications in the medical-device fields as well as for military and human rescue missions.

Benchmarks

  • The Center of Excellence in Product Reliability and Optimization incorporates faculty from Wright State's College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Raj Soin College of Business, and the College of Science and Mathematics
  • Researchers are working with the Columbus, Ohiobased LSP Technologies to see how wing lugs on the Air Force's F-22 Raptor jet fighter can be made to last longer
  • Researchers are collaborating with the Minster Machine Co. in Minster, Ohio, to see how a laser process to harden and improve metal can prevent cracks in wind turbine blades
  • The Center of Excellence for Micro Air Vehicle Research is collaborating with the Software Cradle Co., which makes software used to produce analytical simulations

Goals

  • Transition the Center of Excellence in Product Reliability and Optimization to national and international prominence
  • Advance, validate and deploy Reliability-based Design Optimization through research projects with industry partners and establish it as a platform technology for industries such as aerospace, auto, medical and metals
  • Win National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center awards of $5 million a year
  • Triple external funding to the Center of Excellence in Product Reliability and Optimization to $10 million a year
  • Secure all key patents and licensing agreements

Metrics

  • Number of master's and Ph.D. degrees awarded
  • Percentage of graduates employed in Ohio
  • Number of industrial projects
  • Number of patents and licensing agreements
  • Peer-reviewed journal publications