Technology Improvement Studies of Rotorcraft Trans
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 3/23/2019

Opportunity Description

Technology Improvement Studies of Rotorcraft Transmission Components for Improved Efficiency, Durability, Vibration, or Acoustic Performance. Advisors: LaBerge, Kelsen E. [Click Here To Join]; 216.433.2078) Acosta, Waldo A. [Click Here To Join]; 216.433.3393) Key Words: Fatigue, Hybrid Components, Propulsion, Drivetrain, Powertrain, Transmission, Bearings, Gears, Vibration Reduction Experimental and computational studies will be conducted on helicopter and ground vehicle drive system components including gears, bearings, and transmissions. Coupon and specimen-level studies will focus on durability mechanisms for extending helicopter transmission component life to achieve 10,000 flight hours. Methodologies for characterizing ultra high-cycle fatigue failure mechanisms and control technologies for efficiently performing these experiments are of interest. The senior researcher will also evaluate technologies aimed at improving power transmission performance, efficiency, and power-to-weight ratio to include, but not limited to, active/passive vibration reduction mechanisms and hybrid component materials. Vehicle drive system research will support manned and unmanned rotorcraft as well as ground vehicle applications.

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