Aerospace Team ONLINE
UPDATE #22 - May 8, 1998
Monday, May 11, 1998, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. PDT Steve Smith, Aerospace Research Engineer Steve does aerodynamic performance prediction and design of subsonic transports. He spends about one third of this time doing experimental research in wind tunnels, and about two thirds of the time in computational research. Registration information is at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/chats/#chatting Read his biography prior to joining this chat. http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/team/smith.html Tuesday May 19, 1998 9:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time: Dale Satran, Aerospace Engineer, Dale is involved in high lift research. Currently he is studying lift on the Boeing 777. Registration information is at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/chats/#chatting Read his biography prior to joining this chat. http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/team/satran.html Wednesday May 20, 1998 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time: Mina Cappuccio, Aerospace Research Engineer Mina is working in the area of propulsion airframe integration, or how to fit the engine on the plane. Currently she is working on the High Speed Civil Transport. Registration information is at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/chats/#chatting Read her biography prior to joining this chat. http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/team/cappuccio.html Wednesday May 20, 1998 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time: Liza Alderete, Education Technology and Multimedia Manager Liza Alderete has worked in wind tunnels, simulations and now is in the Education Department at NASA Ames Research Center. She recently produced a CD called Exploring Aeronautics which will be available in June. Registration information is at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/chats/#chatting Liza's bio will be at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/team/alderete.html next week. NASA's Quest Project - the K-12 Internet Initiative is actually having two full days of chats on May 19 and 20 please visit http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/common/spaceday.html for more information.
Next week we hope to send a email survey to Aerospace Team Online users to get your feedback on the project. The survey results will be used to decide whether to continue the project and how it can be improved. Your input will be very highly valued. Please take the time to fill out the email form or you can respond online, a form will be placed in the Teacher's Lounge Area.
[Editor's Note: Larry Young is an aerospace engineer at NASA Ames Research Center. He specializes in rotorcraft aeromechanics research. Aeromechanics research is the study of the aerodynamics, dynamics, and mechanical aspects of helicopters and tiltrotor aircraft Read his bio at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/team/young.html ]
GREETINGS FROM THE DNW --
by Larry Young
May 6, 1998 Greetings from the DNW (Duits-Nederlandse Windtunnel) in The Netherlands (also known as Holland). The DNW is a German and Dutch owned and operated wind tunnel. The DNW wind tunnel is particularly well suited for aeroacoustic research for various types of vehicles such as automobiles, airplanes, and rotorcraft. NASA, U.S. Army, and Boeing researchers are currently at the DNW wind tunnel studying the aerodynamics and acoustics of a 1/4-scale V-22 Osprey tiltrotor proprotor. This proprotor is being tested on the isolated rotor configuration of the Tilt Rotor Aeroacoustic Model (TRAM). This is the third week of a four week test entry. This is the second time the TRAM test stand has been tested in the DNW. Earlier, preliminary testing occurred in December 1997. The information from this test will be used to help develop a new generation of quieter and more efficient tiltrotor aircraft. Tiltrotor aircraft are of great research interest to NASA. They have possible civilian as well as military applications. Data from the DNW tests will be used in conjunction with data from future tests in the National Full-scale Aerodynamics Complex at NASA Ames Research Center to aid in the development of these quieter tiltrotors. Right now the TRAM test team is working long hours trying to acquire all the data needed to meet the test objectives and make the test a success. The data being acquired is one of a kind information. Gigabytes of data is being measured and stored for future study. The two key challenges of any rotorcraft test team is, first, keeping the model 'healthy' and operational and, second, reviewing and evaluating the quality and comprehensiveness of the test data being measured. On a more personal note, Holland is a beautiful country in the spring time. Holland is located adjacent to Belgium and Germany in Western Europe. Holland is famous for its tulips, wind mills, canals, and dikes that protect it from the sea. Whether it is weekend exploring the countryside or its largest and best known city, Amsterdam, Holland is a great place to visit (or, more correctly in the case of the TRAM test team, work in). Tot Straks!! ('See you later' in the Dutch language)
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