Tribological Studies of Rotorcraft Transmission Co
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 4/23/2019

Opportunity Description

Tribological Studies of Rotorcraft Transmission Components for Improved Survivability Under Loss-of-Oil Conditions Advisor(s): Dykas, Brian D. [Click Here To Join]; 410.278.9545) Stephen Berkebile [Click Here To Join]; 410.278.9547) Experimental and computational studies will be conducted on helicopter and ground vehicle drive system components including gears, bearings, and transmissions. Coupon-level fundamental studies will focus on physical failure mechanisms for helicopter transmissions under loss-of-oil conditions, with a focus on improving vehicle survivability. Elastohydrodynamic lubrication modeling for rough surfaces, multiscale material modeling, conjugate heat transfer, surface chemistry, multiphase computational fluid dynamics, are examples of multidisciplinary tools will be used to develop predictive tools for improved loss-of-oil transmission operation. Additionally, the postdoctoral research associate will evaluate technologies aimed at improving power transmission efficiency in mechanical systems, to include surface treatments and thin coatings. Vehicle drive system research will support conventionally piloted and uninhabited rotorcraft, as well as ground vehicles.

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