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AIAA region VI student conference awards 2020

Amy Sprague
June 23, 2020

Second in team category for machine learning application

Prediction of Mechanical Behavior of Origami-Based Mechanical Metamaterials

Jiacheng Chen, Casper Hsiao, Silas Chu, Elaine Xiong, Yasuhiro Miyazawa

Yasuhiro Miyazawa shows off the origami structures with different-sized perforations his team evaluated using machine learning.

A&A researchers won second place in the team category for applying machine learning to evaluate the size of perforations on the folds of an origami structure developed in the Laboratory for Engineered Materials and Structures. This particular origami structure, when arranged in a repeating sequence, has been shown to reduce impact forces and shows promise for applications in reusable spacecraft landing infrastructure and more. The lab had found that adding perforations to the folds improves the precision of the folding motion, so this research team applied machine learning to evaluate the resulting folding performance with different-sized perforations when the structure is compressed. 

Jiacheng Chen

Jiacheng Chen

Capser Hsiao

Casper Hsiao

Silas Chu

Silas Chu

Elaine Xiong

Elaine Xiong

Third in undergraduate category for Ram Accelerator setup

Ram Accelerator Operations at the University of Washington and Starting Effects of Obturator in a Ram Accelerator

Kristina Dong and Adrian Lo

The Ram Accelerator is an experimental high-speed launcher that can be used for deep-earth drilling and is theoretically capable of launching cargo into space, which is becoming increasingly important. A&A students Kristina Dong and Adrian Lo won third place in the undergraduate category for analyzing adjusting the shape and weight of the Ram Accelerator’s obturator and its effects on propellant ignition behind the projectile. The obturator compresses and helps ignite a fuel and oxidizer gas mixture in the Ram Accelerator as the projectile is fired into a test section. This research establishes the baseline obturator configuration to be used in parametric studies of projectiles and propellants in the Ram Accelerator.

Kristina Dong

Kristina Dong