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Flight Performance and Safety

From the complex modeling, controls and algorithms and advanced sensing capabilities of an aircraft to the materials and structures to achieve lightness and aerodynamics, we work on all of the major systems to ensure safety, durability, cost-effectiveness, energy efficiency and ease of control and operation to benefit manufacturers, operators and passengers. We count the Federal Aviation Administration as a partner in many research projects.

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Husky Robotics

Husky Robotics designs, builds, programs and competes Mars Rovers in simulated missions while providing students with experience in machining, circuit design, coding and project management.

Research highlights

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New law of physics finds a sweet spot for aircraft efficiency

A&A researchers in the Computational Fluid Mechanics Lab prove the existence of a new law of physics.

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Hawkmoth research yields lessons in agile flight

A&A research of the biological sensing mechanisms of the hawkmoth informs the advancement of aerospace systems.

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Through icing research, KWT installs structural upgrades

Funding targeted toward enhancing UW ice accretion research leads to KWT structural upgrades.

 

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Livne wins AIAA Ashley Award 2021

The Ashley Award for Aeroelasticity recognizes outstanding contributions to the understanding and application of aeroelastic phenomena.

Related News

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Thu, 02/18/2021 | UW Aero & Astro

New law of physics finds a sweet spot for aircraft efficiency

A&A researchers in the Computational Fluid Mechanics Lab prove the existence of a new law of physics.

hawkmoth

Wed, 10/21/2020 | UW Aero & Astro

Hawkmoth research yields lessons in agile flight

A&A research of the biological sensing mechanisms of the hawkmoth informs the advancement of aerospace systems.

Mon, 04/06/2020 | UW Aero & Astro

Affiliate professor Robert Dougherty wins AIAA aeroacoustics award

Robert Dougherty, who teaches Aircraft Noise in A&A, won the AIAA 2020 Aeroacoustics Award.

Mon, 04/15/2019 | Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics

A&A partners with Chomarat, JCATI to advance composites and train students

A&A has partnered with JCATI and aerospace company Chomarat to advance composites research and bring hands-on experience to students.