25–29 June 2018
Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

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Abstract Submission Opens: 14 September 2017
Abstract Submission Closes: 9 November 2017, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA  
Manuscript Deadline: 16 May 2018, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA

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Go to: Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
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Please direct questions to Charles Tinney

Papers that address all aspects of the generation, propagation, and control of vehicle noise, as well as the effect of noise on structures and individuals are being solicited. The program’s technical content will include theoretical, experimental, and numerical contributions that describe original research results and/or innovative design concepts. In addition, in-depth reviews and timely surveys will be considered. Topics for the conference are listed below. Studies in other related areas, particularly the application of aerospace noise suppression technologies in other industries, and papers pertaining to non-aerospace research with potential application to the aerospace industry are encouraged. Additional Details>

Topics of specific interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Acoustic/Fluid Dynamics Interactions
  • Active Control of Noise, Vibration and Flows
  • Advanced Testing Techniques
  • Airframe/High-Lift Noise
  • Community Noise and Metrics
  • Computational Aeroacoustics
  • Duct Acoustics
  • Emerging Urban Aviation Noise
  • General Acoustics
  • Integration Effects and Flight Acoustics
  • Interior Noise/Structural Acoustics
  • Jet Aeroacoustics
  • Loads/Sonic Fatigue
  • Propeller, Rotorcraft and V/STOL Noise
  • Sonic Boom
  • Turbomachinery and Core Noise

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Aerodynamic Measurement Technology

Please direct questions to Mirko Gamba and/or Gregory Jones.

Papers are solicited on topics related to advanced and novel aerodynamic measurement techniques for laboratory, ground-test or flight-test applications. Submissions are encouraged for all types of flows, including all speeds from incompressible to hypersonic, all thermodynamic conditions including plasmas and combustion, all scales from microfluidics to geophysical flows, and all diagnostic techniques from surface sensors to laser-based imaging. Papers should emphasize advancements or innovations in the measurement technique itself or its implementation, rather than the particular fluid dynamic problem to which the technique is applied. Specific areas of relevancy include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Aeroacoustic diagnostics including microphone arrays or flow pressure/density
  • Diagnostics for harsh environments or production-scale testing
  • Flow temperature measurements
  • Flow velocimetry, including particle and molecular methods
  • Global surface measurement, including temperature- and pressure-sensitive paint
  • Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors and sensor miniaturization
  • Spectroscopic techniques, such as Rayleigh, Raman, and CARS
  • Stereoscopic, volumetric, and tomographic methods
  • Time-resolved flow imaging and high-frequency measurement
  • Uncertainty quantification and error analysis of advanced diagnostics
  • Special Session: Advancements on thermographic phosphor diagnostics for fluid flow analysis, with applications for fluid phase thermometry and velocimetry
  • Special Session: New advancements on dynamic pressure measurements techniques and methods, including methods for challenging and hostile environments, best practice and uncertainty quantification, with applications to aeroacoustic, fluid dynamics and reacting systems
  • Special Session: Methods and techniques for tomography-based diagnostics in gas dynamics
  • Special session: Techniques, methods and practices in jet noise research to advance the understanding of jet noise in practical systems

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Air Transportation Integration & Operations - Air Traffic Systems, Aircraft Operations, and Airspace Management

Please direct questions to Karen Marais, Scot Campbell, and/or Vince Schultz

High quality papers are sought that relate to the advancement of Air Traffic Control (ATC), Air Traffic Management (ATM), ATM modernization, unmanned systems development and integration into the National Airspace System (NAS), capacity improvements, safety enhancements, and expanded access to commercial space transportation operations.

  • ATC - Advanced operational concepts
  • ATM - Air Traffic Control and Management Systems (ATC/ATM) including NextGen and Future Concepts
  • ATM - Air Traffic Management of En Route, Terminal, and Surface Operations
  • ATM - ATM Performance and Cost/Benefit Analysis
  • ATM - Enabling future airport operations
  • ATC - Human Factors in Aviation Operations
  • NAS - Increased Autonomy in the National Airspace System (NAS)
  • NAS - Integration and Operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in the NAS
  • ATC - Machine Learning and Big Data Approaches in ATC/ATM
  • ATM - Operational Approaches to Environmental Impact Mitigation
  • ATC - Operational Approaches to Increased Reliability and Safety
  • ATC - Trajectory Management and Optimization of Network Operations
  • ATC - Weather Impacts on Aviation Operations

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Air Transportation Integration & Operations - Aircraft Design and Integration

Please direction questions to Timothy Takahashi (AD, Aircraft Design), Nicholas Borer (GA, General Aviation), or Nijo Abraham (DE, Design Engineering)

Technical papers are sought in areas of Aircraft Design (AD), General Aviation (GA), and Design Engineering (DE). Crosscutting (X) papers relating any of these three areas with other technical disciplines represented in AVIATION are welcome. Topics include the design, performance studies, and discipline-oriented analyses of aircraft spanning the spectrum of aircraft types and novel/unconventional configurations, their subsystems and technologies. Areas of interest also include environmentally conscious concepts and technologies, quantification and improvement of safety, and system level design implications on the broader operational environment. Topics also include design engineering, processes, methods, techniques, tools, technologies and overarching paradigms from the standpoint of applications of interest, demonstration of new and creative developments, and design education.

  • AD - Aircraft Performance methods, tools and processes including Takeoff, Landing, Enroute and overall Mission Analysis
  • AD - Design of innovative or unconventional aircraft configurations, including unmanned aircraft and transformative flight systems
  • AD - Methods and Tools for Aircraft Systems Design (sizing, geometry, shape synthesis)
  • AD - Performance studies and aeronautic discipline considerations in aircraft design (e.g. aero, propulsion, structures, environment, manufacturing, safety)
  • AD - Sailplane Aerodynamics and Design
  • AD - UCAV Systems Design
  • DE - Additive Manufacturing applied to aerospace component design, prototyping and manufacturing
  • DE - Cloud computing, Internet of Things, Digital Thread and Digital Twin
  • DE - Computer Aided Design including intelligent master (parametric feature - based, linked and associative) modeling
  • DE - Design Education - STEM in K - 12, University Curriculums, Projects and Activities
  • DE - Design Processes and Tools such as managing teams in a global environment
  • DE - Emerging Design Tools such as Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence
  • DE - Improved Robust Designs using Multi - Disciplinary Design Analysis and Optimization (MDAO)
  • DE - Innovative & creative designs in aerospace and other areas
  • DE - Knowledge Based Engineering applied to retention and reuse of engineering knowledge and data
  • DE - Model Based Design applied to complex systems and structures
  • GA - Analysis and/or development of dual-use UAS/GA operational concepts
  • GA - Emerging technology trends and/or markets that will revitalize or revolutionize General Aviation
  • GA - New aircraft and mission concepts that improve the utility of General Aviation
  • GA - Quantification and/or improvement of General Aviation safety, efficiency, and environmental impact through analysis or new technologies

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Air Transportation Integration & Operations - Unique and/or Transformational Flight Systems

Please direct questions to Simon Briceno and/or Kevin Antcliff

Technical papers are requested relating to innovative manned/unmanned aircraft concepts and technologies for emerging markets such as on-demand mobility. Topics of interest include market studies for on-demand aviation, aircraft configuration design, electric propulsion integration and component technologies, autonomous systems research, and simplified vehicle operations. Papers are also requested on STOL and VSTOL aircraft (regardless of propulsion type) for transformational missions such as on-demand mobility, including design, analysis, and testing. Papers are requested for other “transformational” missions (i.e., missions that are outside the realm of traditional aviation uses) such as attritable aircraft or “eternal” flight with aircraft such as HALE UAVs. A special joint session with aeroacoustics on urban aviation noise is included. Papers/topics addressing transformational functions enabled by “connected aviation” are also requested.

  • Autonomous systems development and testing
  • Electric propulsion integration and contributory technologies
  • Innovative/transformational aircraft concepts and/or missions
  • On-demand mobility concepts and market studies
  • Operational aspects of on-demand mobility and transformational flight
  • Small/medium UAS concepts
  • Urban noise associated with transformational concepts
  • V/STOL aircraft design, analysis, and testing

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Applied Aerodynamics

Please direct questions to Vishal Bhagwandin, James Coder, and/or Konstantinos Kontis

This event provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of technical material in diverse areas of theoretical, computational, and experimental applied aerodynamics. Conference sessions will focus on technical topics in the areas of wind-tunnel and flight-testing aerodynamics, unsteady aerodynamics, subsonic, transonic, supersonic, and hypersonic aerodynamics, sonic boom mitigation, high angle of attack and high lift aerodynamics, CFD high lift prediction, low-speed low-Reynolds number aerodynamics, bio-inspired aerodynamics, airfoil/wing/configuration aerodynamics, propeller/rotorcraft/wind-turbine aerodynamics, weapons and store separation aerodynamics, aerodynamic design methodologies, optimization methods in applied aerodynamics, active flow control, vortical/vortex flow, unmanned aerial vehicle designs/tests, propulsion aerodynamics, missile/projectile/guided-munitions aerodynamics, aerodynamic-structural dynamics interaction, and application of CFD methods to aerodynamic configurations validated against experimental data. Additional Details >

  • Aerodynamic Design: Analysis, Methodologies, and Optimization Techniques
  • Aerodynamic Testing: Ground, Wind-Tunnel and Flight Testing
  • Aerodynamic-Structural Dynamics Interaction
  • Airfoil/Wing/Configuration Aerodynamics
  • Applied CFD & Numerical Correlations with Experimental Data
  • Environmentally Friendly/Efficient Aerodynamics and Enabling Technology
  • Flow Control Development & Applications (Active & Passive, Experimental & Computational)
  • High Angle of Attack and High Lift Aerodynamics
  • Hypersonic Aerodynamics
  • Icing or Roughness Effects on Vehicle Aerodynamics
  • Innovative Aerodynamic Concepts & Designs
  • Low Speed, Low Reynolds Number Aerodynamics
  • Propeller/Rotorcraft/Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
  • Transonic & Supersonic Aerodynamics
  • Unmanned, Bio-Inspired, Solar Powered Aerial Vehicle Designs
  • Unsteady Aerodynamics
  • Vortical/Vortex Flow Applications
  • VSTOL/STOL Aerodynamics
  • Weapons Aerodynamics: Missile/Projectile/Guided-Munitions
  • Other Topics in Applied Aerodynamics
  • Special Session: Aeropropulsive Interactions
  • Special Session: Collaborative Flight Test and Computations: Synergy in Communication, Planning and Execution
  • Special Session: Collaborative Ground Test and Computations: Synergy in Communication, Planning and Execution
  • Special Session: High Lift Prediction using CFD
  • Special Session: Low Boom Activities
  • Special Session: Sailplane Aerodynamics and Design (Co-organized with the International Scientific and Technical Soaring Organization, OSTIV)
  • Special Session: Stability and Control Prediction: Current State of the Art
  • Special Session: UCAV Systems Design

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Atmospheric and Space Environments

Please direct questions to David S. Thompson and/or Peter M. Struk

Papers are sought to provide the aviation community with scientific and technical information concerning interactions between aerospace systems and the terrestrial, atmospheric, and space environments. New or refined information that improves the basic understanding of the atmosphere and atmospheric applications as they relate to aviation operations and aerospace vehicle design is particularly solicited. Additional Details>

  • Aircraft icing/deicing: experiment, simulation, and icing physics; airframe and engine icing; ice detection and protection systems; characterizing the icing environment
  • Observations and modeling the atmospheric environment: characterization; advanced instrumentation including UAS; numerical weather prediction; green aviation
  • Wake turbulence and atmospheric hazards: wake vortices; severe weather; atmospheric turbulence; wind shear; low ceilings; low visibility
  • Weather impacts to the national airspace system: impact on capacity; decision support tools; communication of weather information; UAS operations
  • Atmospheric and Space Environments Student Paper Competition

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Atmospheric Flight Mechanics

Please direct questions to Sarah D’Souza and/or Soumyo Dutta

Technical papers discussing any and all areas of interest in atmospheric flight are solicited. Student papers are also eligible for the Best Student Paper Competition. Papers are invited that address new findings and/or innovative approaches in computational, experimental, or theoretical development; flight testing; research and development; or simulation results. Areas of interest for this conference include, but are not limited to: aerodynamic performance; trajectories, attitude dynamics, and evaluation of conventional aircraft as well as vehicles of unusual configurations, including unmanned systems and unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV), expendable and reusable launch vehicles (ELV/RLV), and short takeoff vertical landing vehicles (STOVL); hypersonic platforms; flying qualities and aircraft-pilot coupling phenomena; missiles; spacecraft; reentry vehicles and vehicles moving through planetary atmospheres; response to atmospheric disturbances; and bio-inspired flight mechanics. In addition, papers are encouraged that deal with education and design in the field of atmospheric flight mechanics, multidisciplinary efforts, and international collaboration projects. The areas of interest above will be organized into the following topics. Additional Details >

  • Aircraft Dynamics
  • Aircraft Flying Qualities
  • Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Education
  • Bio-Inspired Flight Mechanics
  • Launch Vehicles
  • Linear and Nonlinear Equations of Motion
  • Projectile and Missile Dynamics and Aerodynamics
  • Reentry and Aeroassist Vehicle Technology
  • System Identification and Parameter Estimation
  • UAVs and Unmanned Systems
  • Unsteady and High Angle-of-Attack Aerodynamics
  • Vehicle Flight Test
  • Special Session: Stability and Control Prediction, Current State of the Art

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Computer Systems

Please direct questions to Miroslav N. Velev

Papers are sought on theoretical and practical aspects of computers, computation, and information processing techniques relevant to aerospace applications, focusing on energy-efficient computer systems, parallel/high-performance computing, cyber security, reliability, and correctness of aerospace computer systems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
  • Energy-Efficient Computer Systems
  • Formal Verification of Aerospace Computer Systems
  • Parallel, GPU, Multicore, and High-Performance Computing
  • Reliability of Aerospace Computer Systems

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Flight Testing

Please direct questions to Starr Ginn and/or Andrew Freeborn

The Flight Testing Conference invites papers focused on advances in the art and science of testing aerospace vehicles. Successful abstracts shall cover the testing of aerospace vehicles in their natural environment with regard to research, development, acceptance, or operational testing of these craft and/or associated equipment. Papers will cover one or more of the following topics: application of new flight test techniques or novel application of classical techniques; advances in test efficiency through design of experiments principles or lean techniques; advances in instrumentation and data handling; or approaches to flight test education and training. Of particular interest are emerging applications and collaborative ventures between technical committee disciplines. Papers should lend interpretations on the broader impacts of their work upon the field of flight testing. Additional Details>

  • Airframe Noise
  • Coupled Disciplines
  • Education and Training
  • F-35 Flight Testing Results
  • Risk management
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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Flow Control

Please direct questions to Mo Samimy

Papers are being solicited over a broad range of topics from fundamental studies to flow control applications in vehicles and systems. Theoretical, numerical, and experimental approaches, especially combining them to demonstrate physical understanding and modeling and prediction capabilities are highly encouraged. Papers are solicited on both external and internal flow control and within all flow regimes. Of special interest is the development of actuation, sensing, and closed-loop control technologies to optimize some aspect of system performance. Themes for special sessions and panel discussions should be submitted to the technical chair well in advance of the abstract deadline.

  • Bio-inspired and bio-applied flow control
  • Control of combustion and reacting flows
  • Control of free shear layers
  • Control of laminar, transitional and turbulent boundary layers
  • Development of actuators and sensors for flow control
  • Development of flow diagnostics for flow control
  • Feedback control, including reduced order modeling of flow, actuation, and sensing
  • Flow control applications: scaling, implementation, and integration
  • Flow control for aero-optics
  • Flow control for drag reduction (separated and attached flows)
  • Flow control for flow diagnostics
  • Flow control integration into flight control
  • Unsteady flow control (unsteady inflow, translating, rotating and reciprocating systems)
  • Student paper competition in flow control

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Fluid Dynamics

Please direct questions to Chunlei Liang

Papers are being solicited over a very broad area of fluid dynamics relevant to aerospace applications, including basic research and development, applied research, and advanced technology development. Papers that present new insights into flow physics, introduce innovative applications, address emerging technical areas, or combine experimental and computational approaches are strongly encouraged. Themes for special sessions and panel discussions should be submitted to the technical chairs well in advance of the abstract deadline. Specific session topics of interest are listed below, but work in other related areas are also encouraged. 

  • Boundary-layer stability and transition
  • CFD methods (high order methods, overset methods, efficient algorithms, adaptive meshing, large-scale parallelization, etc.)
  • CFD modeling and applications (applications of CFD, CFD optimization, error and uncertainty, validation, etc.)
  • Fundamental fluid flows (theoretical fluid dynamics, unsteady flows, vortex flows, separated flows, shear flows, etc.)
  • Geometry modeling and meshing techniques, including CAD-CAE interoperability, mesh adaptation, and overset/moving/deforming meshes
  • High-speed flows including hypersonic and shock-dominated flows
  • Instrumentation & measurement diagnostics for fluid dynamics
  • Multiphysics and cross-disciplinary fluid dynamics (fluid-structure interaction, multiphase flow, acoustic flows, combustion, reactive flows, etc.)
  • Low-Reynolds number and bio-inspired flows
  • Reduced-order and data-driven modeling for flow control
  • Techniques for pre-processing, execution, post-processing, visualization, and data analytics, with emphasis on large data sets and automation
  • Turbulence structures and modeling (jet, wake, near-wall turbulence, RANS, LES, hybrid methods, etc.)
  • Unsteady aerodynamics and massively separated flows
  • Verification, Validation and Uncertainty Quantification
  • Other areas of flow control related to fluid dynamics (unsteady flows; separated and attached flows; laminar, transitional and turbulent boundary layers; mixing and shear layers. Joint sessions with Flow Control conference are possible.)

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Graduate Student Research Papers - Hosted by the National Institute of Aerospace

Please direct questions to Colin Britcher

NIA is facilitating an opportunity for graduate students to participate in a special session at AIAA Aviation 2018. Papers must be first-authored and presented by graduate students, but may address any aerospace-related topic. Papers addressing team design projects or unique educational experiences are welcome.

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Ground Testing

Please direct questions to Craig Morris, Ben Mills, and/or Erin Hubbard

Papers are solicited on unclassified topics involving Ground Testing (GT). These topics including the application and description of test facilities, test techniques and/or instrumentation covering all aspects of ground testing including but not limited to aerodynamics, aerothermal dynamics, propulsion, and space systems. Regimes of interest include altitude/atmospheric testing and subsonic, supersonic, and hypersonic speed regimes. Also of interest are papers employing ground test data to validate Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solvers and models of flow physics (chemistry, turbulence, radiation, etc.).

  • Advances in test techniques and test/facility management
  • Comparisons of GT results to those obtained in the flight environment preflight or postflight
  • Cost / time reduction or productivity / management improvements in GT facilities
  • Design / development / performance of new / modified GT facilities & subsystems
  • Development, application, and validation of flow diagnostics in GT
  • Emerging requirements for GT that exceed current GT capabilities or needed for CFD c
  • GT in all aerodynamic flow regimes, propulsion, & space environments
  • Measurements to characterize the operation, performance, and uncertainty in GT facilities
  • Test article design, fabrication, & utilization improvements in GT
  • Utilization of GT data in the verification and/or validation of computational models and engineering tools

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ITAR Presentations

Please direct questions to John Schmisseur

To provide a more comprehensive forum for the exchange of ideas, AIAA is accepting submissions on topics that are controlled by U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and would not otherwise be suitable for presentation in an open forum. All abstracts must be unrestricted and cleared for public release, though the final papers and presentations will be ITAR restricted. The ITAR program’s technical content will include theoretical, numerical, and experimental contributions that describe original research results and/or innovative design concepts relevant to aerospace applications. Where possible, ITAR sessions will be organized to complement other elements of the conference program such as themed-sessions in the open conference and Forum 360. Suggestions for specific themed sessions oriented towards progress in specific government or industrial programs or technical areas are welcome. Specific topics of interest are listed below, but work in other related areas are also encouraged.

  • Ablation modeling and validation with experimental data
  • Accident or mishap investigations related to aviation
  • Aerodynamic Database Modeling of Missile, Projectiles, and Launch Vehicles
  • Aero-optics
  • Aircraft communication & navigation
  • Aircraft flight dynamics & simulation
  • Aircraft system identification & parameter estimation
  • Flight testing
  • Green Aviation, including fuel efficiency, emissions & noise reduction and ultra-efficient air vehicles
  • Hypersonic flow phenomena
  • Unmanned aircraft design

Click here to make sure you meet the attendance and submission requirement to present in ITAR sessions.

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Modeling and Simulation Technologies

Please direct questions to Peter Zaal and/or Umut Durak

The Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference seeks papers on the latest findings in the development and application of modeling and simulation particularly related to flight simulator technologies. Areas of interest are rotary-wing and fixed-wing human-in-the-loop simulation, development of full-flight simulators, human factors, air traffic management, unmanned aerial systems training and operations, and space vehicle dynamics. Although the conference title is broad in scope, submissions with a link to development, utilization, and enhancement of flight simulator technologies, including human-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop studies, will be given preference. Submissions relating to exclusive disciplines without an obvious link to flight simulator technologies are more appropriate for other conferences. Additional Details>

  • Data Analysis Techniques Applied to Simulation
  • Design, Development, Testing, and Validation of Human-in-the-Loop Simulations
  • Human Factors, Perception, and Cueing
  • Human-in-the-Loop Simulation of Air Traffic Management
  • Human-in-the-Loop Simulation of Uninhabited Aerial Systems
  • Model and Simulation Integration
  • Model-Based Design and Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation
  • Modeling and Simulation of Air and Space Vehicle Dynamics, Systems, and Environments
  • Motion Systems, Visual Systems, and Image Generation
  • Multi-disciplinary Modeling and Simulation Across Domains

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Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

Please direct questions to Samy Missoum and/or Douglas Allaire

For over twenty-five years, the AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization (MA&O) Conference has brought together industry practitioners, government employees, and academics to present and discuss the latest developments in multidisciplinary design, analysis, and optimization. Multidisciplinary analysis and optimization is rapidly becoming a standard element of contemporary design methodologies. With significant advances in algorithms and computing power, optimizations have been successfully carried out for problems ranging from the design of a single component to complex aircraft design. Additionally, theoretical developments, from new optimization algorithms to approaches for robust and reliability-based design, have played a significant role in the ever-growing acceptance of multidisciplinary design and optimization.

  • Aerodynamic Design/Shape Optimization
  • Aeroelastic and Aero-Structures Optimization
  • Aircraft Design Optimization
  • Design Optimization of Complex Engineered Systems
  • Emerging Methods, Algorithms and Software Development in MAO
  • Metamodeling and Approximation Methods
  • Non-deterministic Design Methods and Applications
  • Shape and Topology Optimization

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Plasmadynamics and Lasers

Please direct questions to Sally Bane

Papers are solicited describing experimental, computational, and/or theoretical research and development in the areas of plasmadynamics and lasers with the focus on application to aerospace systems. Fundamental studies and works related to a specific application are relevant to the meeting scope. Submission may also include studies of dual-use technologies that also address problems in other fields such as propulsion, energy, environment, or health. Comprehensive abstracts that state the purpose and scope of the work, outline the methods used, and identify relevant contributions, including figures and preliminary results, are recommended for accurate evaluation. Subject area experts interested in documenting comprehensive reviews of state of the art, historical perspectives are encouraged to contact the technical discipline chair with details. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Astronautical and Space Plasmas (rarefied plasma flow, space plasmas, dusty plasmas, etc.)
  • Computational Methods (plasma-flow coupling simulation, particle simulation, parallel computing algorithms, etc.)
  • Diagnostics and Experimental Techniques (laser-based instrumentation, aero-optics, flow characterization, new facilities, lab simulation, etc.)
  • Plasma & Laser Propulsion (thrusters, beamed energy, spacecraft interactions, etc.)
  • Plasma Aerodynamic Flow Control (including actuator development and characterization, experimental and computational; active flow/shock wave control, DBD-based flow actuation, etc.)
  • Plasma and Laser Devices and Technologies (engineering, applications, materials processing, dual-use, etc.)
  • Plasma and Laser Physics (basic processes, plasma kinetics/dynamics, MHD, DBD, laser plasmas, etc.)
  • Plasma/Laser Assisted Ignition and Combustion (plasma-related kinetics of reacting gases, mixing enhancement, cold ignition, etc.)
  • Plasmas/Lasers for UAV (flight control, communication, engine efficiency, safety, etc.)

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Thermophysics and Heat Transfer

Please direct questions to S.A. Sherif, Xiaowen Sean Wang, and/or Yaroslav Chudnovsky

The 12th AIAA/ASME Thermophysics and Heat Transfer Conference continues a 48-year tradition between the AIAA Thermophysics Technical Committee (TPTC) and the ASME Heat Transfer Division (HTD). Abstracts for topics in thermophysics and heat transfer are solicited on topics related to all aspects of thermal energy and heat transfer and their related aerospace applications for aviation and space flight. Contributions based on analytical, numerical and/or experimental studies are welcomed as are timely survey and review articles. Finally, special session and ITAR session topics and ideas are welcomed and encouraged--please contact one of the three Technical Chairs listed below if you would like to help organize a special session.

  • Ablation: modeling, experiments, and applications
  • Advanced Thermal Management Technology Development and Validation
  • Aerothermodynamics and Thermal Protection Systems
  • Air Quality and Comfort in Stationary and Mobile Confined Spaces
  • Application of Local or Global Optimization Techniques in Modeling of Heat Transfer Applications
  • Computational Modeling of Heat Pipes
  • Cryogenics and Extreme Environments
  • Fundamentals of Ice Formation and De-icing
  • Heat and Mass Transfer for Natural and Stationary or Mobile Built Environments
  • Heat Transfer Analysis of Processes under Chemically Reacting, Explosive, UV Exposed and/or Corrosive Medium, Multicomponent Plasma Processes
  • Heat Transfer Enhancement and Energy Harvesting
  • Heat Transfer in Cooling, Heating, and Power Generation Systems
  • Inverse Analysis Methods in Computational Heat Transfer
  • Methods and Effects of the Urban Heat Island
  • Mini-, Micro-, Nano-, and Multi-Scale Heat Transfer
  • Multiphase, Droplets, Jets, Sprays, Heat Pipes, and Two-phase Heat Transfer
  • Novel Computational Methods for Inverse Analysis and Optimization in Computational Heat Transfer
  • Spacecraft Thermal Control and Thermophysics in Spacecraft Applications
  • Theoretical, Analytical, and Computational Heat Transfer: Conduction, Convection, Radiation, and Phase Change
  • Thermal Analysis of Industrial Equipment and Systems Operating under Extreme Process Conditions
  • Thermal Management and Thermal Control: Applications, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned
  • Transport Properties and Thermophysical Properties

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Student Paper Competitions

The following Student Paper Competitions are being held in conjunction with the Forum:

  • Aeroacoustics
  • Atmospheric Flight Mechanics
  • Atmospheric and Space Environments
  • Flow Control
  • Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

Student Eligibility Requirements

  • Student author(s) must be a member of AIAA in order to enter the competition.
  • Student author(s) must be full-time students in good academic standing at their university/institution at the time of submission.
  • Manuscript content represents the work of the author
  • Student(s) must be the primary author(s) of the paper and the work must have been performed while the author(s) was a student.
  • Student author(s) must be able to attend the Forum to present their work should it be selected for presentation.

  • Student Submission Requirements

    • Student Paper Competition submissions must adhere to the overall Forum Abstract Submission Requirements.
    • Students must select the “Student Paper Competition” presentation type during the electronic submission process. Do not submit the abstract more than once. Only submissions with “Student Paper Competition” presentation type indicated will be eligible for the competition.
    • All submissions must be made by the Forum abstract submission deadline of 9 November 2017, 2000 hrs Eastern Standard Time Zone, USA.

    For further requirements and instructions, please refer to the detailed descriptions of each Student Paper Competition as described in their call below.


    Please direct questions to Srinivasan Arunajatesan and/or Clifford A Brown

    Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit papers for consideration in the Aeroacoustics Student Paper Competition. Student papers should report on original work conducted by students in collaboration with faculty advisors or mentors. The student submitting a paper for consideration must be the primary author, must be a student at the time of the abstract submission, and must present the paper at the conference. The student author of the best paper will receive a monetary reward and a certificate presented at the conference. The best student paper award will be selected based on (1) relevance to the field of aeroacoustics, (2) technical quality and completeness of the work, and (3) overall clarity of the paper and its presentation. Papers not received by the student paper submission deadline or not presented by the student at the conference will not be considered for the award. Interested students should submit abstracts electronically through AIAA’s website at www.aiaa.org. Please submit to the appropriate topic and select “Student Paper Submission” as the presentation type. In addition, at the time you submit your extended abstract, students should send an e-mail to the Education Subcommittee (Cliff Brown, clifford.a.brown@nasa.gov) stating your intent to enter the competition for the student award and using “STUDENT PAPER MANUSCRIPT” as the subject line. Authors participating in the Student Award competition must then submit their final manuscript to the Aviation conference website no later than May 16, 2018, no extensions.

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    Atmospheric Flight Mechanics

    Please direct questions to Michael Grant

    Overview: The AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics (AFM) Technical Committee is sponsoring a Best Student Paper Competition at the 2018 AIAA AVIATION Forum. Entrants will be judged by AFM Technical Committee members, and the winner will receive a certificate and financial award. To be eligible for this award, the entrant must be the primary author of the paper and the work must have been performed while the author was a student. Entrants will present their papers in the relevant conference technical sessions with judges in attendance.

    Entrants: To be eligible for this award, the student must be the primary author of the paper, and the work must have been performed while the author was a student. As such, recent graduates are eligible to enter the competition. To enter the competition, the “Student Paper Competition” option must be selected instead of “Technical Manuscript” when submitting a manuscript.

    Evaluation Process: The scoring for the award will be equally based on written paper content and oral presentation. The written paper will be judged on: 1) relevance of the topic to atmospheric flight mechanics; 2) organization and clarity; 3) appreciation of the technical issues and sources of errors; and 4) meaningful conclusions of the research. The oral presentation will be judged for overall clarity, including: 1) background and problem definition statement; 2) explanation of technical approach; and 3) explanation of research results.

    Student manuscripts will be judged prior to the conference. Student presentations will be judged in regular technical sessions. Scores will be tallied during the conference, and the students will be contacted via email after the conclusion of the conference with the winner identified and anonymous reviewer comments provided.

    Award: A certificate is provided to the winning student, and a $500 cash prize is provided by Calspan. If the winning student is able to attend the following conference, he/she will receive the certificate on stage at the Awards Luncheon. If not, a picture of the student is provided to AIAA to be added to the Awards Luncheon package so the student is recognized. In this case, the certificate is mailed to the student by AIAA.


    1. The entrant must be the primary author of the paper and the work must have been performed while the author was a student.
    2. The entrant must submit their final paper by the conference's manuscript deadline and must present the paper themselves at the conference.
    3. Entrants cannot be a member in the Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Technical Committee.
    4. Written paper will be judged on: (1) Relevance of the topic to atmospheric flight mechanics (2) Organization and clarity (3) Appreciation of the technical issues and sources of errors and (4) Meaningful conclusions of the research.
    5. Written papers will be judged by the AFM TC prior to the conference so that the written results have been tabulated before the conference has begun.
    6. Oral presentation will be judged on: (1) Background and problem definition statement (2) Explanation of technical approach (3) Explanation of research results.
    7. In general, scoring will be equally weighted on written paper content and oral presentation. Only in the event of a tie in the total score, the written paper score will take precedence to break the tie.
    8. Based upon the manuscripts submitted at the conference manuscript submission deadline, the top five competitors will be selected as finalists for the competition. Only the finalists from the written competition will be judged by the AFM TC members on their presentations.

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    Atmospheric and Space Environments

    Please direct questions to David S. Thompson and/or Peter M. Struk

    Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit papers for consideration in the Atmospheric and Space Environments Student Paper Competition. Entries to the Student Paper Competition will be presented in regular technical sessions with other papers in their topic area and archived as AIAA papers. To be eligible for this award, the student must meet the standards established by AIAA and listed above. The written papers will be judged based on the following criteria: (1) originality (is the work original, or is it something that has been addressed in the past); (2) technical quality (appropriate level of technicality and free from errors); (3) organization, completeness, grammar and usage (style and clarity); (4) literature review/acknowledgement of prior work and explanation of the relevance to the work presented in the paper; (5) accuracy of experimental or numerical results (ref. AIAA standards for journals); (6) importance/contribution to field. The student author of the best paper will receive a certificate and a cash award after the conference.

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    Flow Control

    Please direct questions to Andreas Gross

    The AIAA Flow Control Student Paper Competition is open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students. The submitting student must be the major contributor and first author of the paper and make the presentation at the conference. Awards will be based on a combined evaluation of the extended abstract (initial screening), the final conference paper, and the presentation. Criteria for judging include the technical approach and the quality and discussion of the results as well as the presentation and paper style and clarity. Cash prizes of $300, $200, and $100 will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners. The results will be announced after the Flow Control Conference. The competition entries must be marked “Student Paper” in the title and submitted as “Student Paper Competition”. All submission deadlines for the hosting Flow Control Conference must be met. Student paper competition entries will be treated as regular AIAA conference papers in the conference proceedings.

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    Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

    Please direct questions to Justin Gray

    The MAO Student Paper Competition, sponsored by NASA Glenn Research Center, encourages undergraduate and graduate students to submit papers to the technical topics listed in this call for papers. Co-authored papers are welcome; however, the first author must be an AIAA member and a registered student at the time the abstract is submitted. The student must have played a key role in the research and writing of the paper. When submitting an abstract for the MAO Student Paper Competition, authors must choose a "Presentation Type" from the drop-down menu on the abstract submission website and click on "Student Paper Competition" and select the topic "Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization”. This will ensure that the abstract is submitted to the MAO conference. If you are unable to enter the student paper competition, because you must submit to a different subtopic, then please email the chair (Justin Gray, justin.s.gray@nasa.gov ) and ask to be included.

    The deadline for the student paper abstracts is the same as the conference abstract deadline and the student paper abstracts will be reviewed in the same way as the regular conference abstracts. The full papers of the Student Paper Competition are due at the same time as the regular papers. No extensions will be granted (to the full manuscript submission deadline), if you wish to remain in contention of the prize.

    The papers will be judged by expert reviewers, and finalists will be selected to present at a special MAO session during Aviation 2018. The award decision will be based on both the paper and the presentation. The judging criteria are: i) the originality of work and its importance to the field; ii) the clarity of the presentation, with special emphasis given to illustrations/animations and their contribution to the understanding of the material; iii) clarity of research objectives and the organization and conciseness of the paper. A soft word limit of 5000 will be imposed (not including abstract, figures, captions, or bibliography), with the judges’ discretion used to decide if additional length added meaningful value to the paper. First prize is $2000 and the runner-up will receive $1000. Abstract acceptance notification will occur at the same time as the regular papers. Students will be notified if they are finalists, or not, approximately 2 weeks after the final papers are due. The finalists will present their papers in a special MAO session during Aviation. The talks will be strictly limited to 20 minutes, with 5 minutes for judges’ questions, and 5 minutes for questions from the general audience.

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    Dates to Remember

    • Abstract Deadline: 09 Nov 2017
    • Manuscript Deadline: 16 May 2018
    • Early Bird Reg Deadline: 04 Jun 2018
    • Cancellation Deadline: 11 Jun 2018

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