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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Agile Munition Vehicle Sciences

Location

Munitions Directorate, RW/Chief Scientist’s office

RO# Location
13.45.05.B7454 Eglin Air Force Base, FL 325426810

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Reasor, Daniel Archer daniel.reasor@us.af.mil 850.882.8221

Description

We conduct research on the coupled interaction of fluid, structural, thermal, and material dynamics applicable to low cost, high-performance weapon airframes. The research includes multidisciplinary approaches in theoretical, computational, and experimental fluid and structural dynamics, and multifunctional materials. We specifically seek to characterize the fundamental physics dictating the overall vehicle controllability, agility, lethality, and survivability. The products of this research will lay the foundation for development of methodologies and tools to exploit the physics of agile, maneuvering weapon airframes of all size scales and speed regimes applicable to tactical weapons in transition between the three phases of flight: (1) air-launch, (2) in-transit, and (3) terminal (e.g., low Reynolds number micro-scale airframes, air-launched unitary subsonic to supersonic guided bombs, air-launched supersonic to low hypersonic air-intercept, and long-range strike weapons). Research opportunities exist in the characterization; control; and exploitation of aero, structural, thermal, and material dynamics that enhance munitions operational capability.

 

Reference

Wilcox ZD, et al: Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics 33(4): 1213, 2010

 

Keywords:
Fluid-structure interaction; Computational fluid dynamics; Aeroelasticity; Aerothermoelasticity; Aeroservoelasticity; Thermal dynamics; Hypersonics; Multifunctional materials; Weapon airframes;

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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