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NASA GRC Research and Collaborative Opportunities. M. David Kankam, Ph.D. Univ. Affairs Officer – R&T Directorate. Presented at Mid-Atlantic Space Grant Meeting, Charlottesville, VA. September 14, 2006. OUTLINE. GRC- Primary Areas of Expertise - Center Management

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    1. NASA GRC Research and Collaborative Opportunities M. David Kankam, Ph.D. Univ. Affairs Officer – R&T Directorate Presented at Mid-Atlantic Space Grant Meeting, Charlottesville, VA. September 14, 2006

    2. OUTLINE • GRC- Primary Areas of Expertise - Center Management - Research & Technology (R/T) Directorate • Research & Other Opportunities at GRC - Within R/T Directorate - NASA Fundamental Aeronautics Prog. • GRC Work in – Crew Launch Vehicle (CLV) - Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) • Summary

    3. Glenn Research Center – Two Campuses Working Together to Achieve NASA’s Mission Location: Cleveland, OhioCivil Service FTE: 1876On-Site Contractors: 1500Total Area: 350 Acres GRC Plum Brook Station Location: Sandusky, OhioCivil Service FTE: 14On-site Contractors: 75 Total Area: 6400 Acres

    4. GRC Primary Areas of Expertise Aerospace Power Hypersonic Supersonic Space Propulsion Subsonic Biological & Physical Research Aeropropulsion Aerospace Communication

    5. Office of the Director (A) Woodrow Whitlow, Jr., Director Richard S. Christiansen, Deputy Director Richard S. Christiansen, Acting Associate Director Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate (Q) Vernon W. Wessel Office of Strategic Management (S) Randall B. Furnas Office of the Chief Counsel (G) J. William Sikora Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (E) Robert Romero Office of the Chief Information Officer (V) Sasi K. Pillay Office of the Chief Financial Officer (B) Debra E. Watson Acting Programs and Projects Directorate (P) Woodrow Whitlow, Jr. Acting Research and Technology Directorate (R) Jih-Fen Lei External Programs Directorate (X) Robert F. Lawrence Acting Engineering and Technical Services Directorate (D) Olga Gonzalez-Sanabria Center Operations Directorate (C) Kenny E. Aguilar

    6. Propulsion Systems Division (RT) Dr. D. R. Reddy, Chief Communications Division (RC) Dr. W. Dan Williams, Chief Instrumentation and Controls Division (RI) Dr. Mary V Zeller, Chief Microgravity Division (RU) Dr. Bhim S. Singh, Acting Chief Research and Technology Directorate (R) Dr. Jih-Fen Lei, Director Vacant, Deputy Business Support Office (RB) Vacant, Chief Office of University Programs (RA) Dr. M. David Kankam Power and Electric Propulsion Division (RP) Dr. Valerie J. Lyons, Chief Materials and Structures Division (RS) Dr. Damodar R. Ambur, Chief Dr. Ajay Misra, Deputy

    7. RA University Programs Office Dr. M. David Kankam University Affairs Officer Toni B. Rusnak Research Program Assistant Phone: (216) 433-6143 FAX: (216) 433-3687 Email: MS 49-5 • SCOPE OF WORK • Mission • Assist in, and strengthen GRC research • community collaboration with academe • Support development of , and inspire • future research scientists and engineers • Enhance professional growth of faculty • and students, while adding to US • scientific and technological base • PROGRAMS • NASA Postdoctoral Program • NASA Faculty Fellowship Program • GRC-OAI Collaborative Faculty Fellowship Prog. • NASA Faculty Awards for Research Prog. • NASA Graduate Student Researchers Prog. • NASA Undergraduate Student Research Prog. • NASA Glenn Academy • GRC – R&T Co-Op • NASA Exptl. Prog. to Stimulate Competitive Research

    8. Features of NASA Higher Ed. Programs Generally: All programs strategically – • Develop and inspire future research scientists and engineers • Enhance students and faculty professional growth • Increase NASA and US scientific and technological base

    9. Research & Other Opportunities at GRC

    10. Over ~400 R&D Labs • Communications Division • - Satellite Network & Architectures • - Electron Device • Applied RF Technology • Digital Communications • Number of Labs: 40 Radioisotope Stirling Generator Test Laboratory • SiC Chemical Vapor Deposition • Growth Laboratory • Instrumentation & Control Division • - Sensors & Electronics • - Optical Instrumentation • Controls & Dynamics • Number of Labs: 60 Compact Range Test Facility Power & Electric Propulsion Technology Division • Energy Conversion • Energy Storage • Power Management & Distribution • On-board Propulsion • Number of labs: 101 Mars Pathfinder Abrasive Wheel Rig Structures Area - Acoustics- Life Prediction- Mechanics & Dynamics- Mechanical Components Number of Labs: 78 • Materials Area • - Advanced Metallics • - Ceramics • Polymers • Environmental Durability • Number of Labs: 120 Plasma Spray Facility

    11. NASA Fundamental Aeronautics Program (FAP) GRC: Major player in Fundamental Aeronautics, Aviation Safety, Airspace Systems and Aeronautics Test Programs Objective of FAP: • Develop system-level, multi-disciplinary capabilities for civilian & military applications • Support/sustain expert competency in critical core areas of aeronautics technology Academia Opportunity : via NASA Research Announcement (NRA) • Foundational Research to enhance NASA core competency - Refer to: * For Goals/Objectives & details of Phase 1 NRA • GRC’s Role: PI, Assoc. PI, Proj. Scientist, Proj. Mger, Assoc. Proj. Mger in Subsonic Fixed and Rotary Wing, Supersonics and Hypersonic Projects • GRC: Leads/Contributes to Combustion, Acoustics, Aerothermodynamics, Flight Dynamics & Advanced Controls, System Analysis

    12. NASA Fundamental Aeronautics Program (FAP) – cont’d • GRC- Leads/Contributes in Power, Propulsion, Materials & Structures, Fluid Mechanics & Aeromechanics, Acoustics Physics, HighTemp Durability, High Emissions Research, Airport Noise Reduction, Supersonic Cruise Efficiency, Aerodynamics, Plasma Dynamics and Design and Optimization Some Key GRC Activities in Hypersonics Include: • Plasmas/MHD for Flow Control of, & Energy Extraction from Weakly and Fully Ionized Hypersonic Flows • Ceramic Matrix Composite Hot Structures and Advanced Structural Concepts • Combustion Physics- flow field characterization; turbulence model developt. • Rocket- & Turbine-based Combined Cycle System Physics

    13. Summary of Current GRC CLV Work • Upper Stage Engine • J-2X engine altitude/thermal testing at Plum Brook Station B2 Facility • Flight & Integrated Test • Ares I-1 (ADFT-0) • Upper Stage Simulator Upper Stage NASA-Led Designthrough CDR: GRC Lead Areas - • Thrust Vector Control (TVC) subsystem • Electrical Power System • Development Flight Instrumentation (DFI) package • Sensors Development • Purge System • Hazardous Gas Detection system • Systems Engineering and Integration support Vehicle Integration • Vehicle Integrated Design Analysis • IV&V

    14. GRC Crew Exploration Vehicle (CM+SM) Work -Support design, development and test of CEV- focus on systems analysis, propulsion and power systems. -Maintain technology & advanced development efforts in propulsion technologies for advanced exploration systems -Provide specialty activities: *Seals development for thermal protection systems *Fire detection & suppression advanced development *Integration support for Crew Module Project *Integration across module systems (e.g. power/propulsion) -Provide Systems Engineering expertise for reqts. developt. -Help to design & develop Reaction Control System for CM simulators -Support development of Abort Test Booster for some tests -Support overall CEV Test and Verification activity

    15. Summary • GRC has strong competencies in Aerospace Power, Space Propulsion, Aeropropulsion, Aerospace Communication, and Biological & Physical Research -Center has extensive technology developments • Workforce is skilled in research & technology development • Recently assigned CEV and CLV work packages have invigorated the workforce • Excellent opportunities exist for GRC-Academia collaboration via NRA’s (http://www/, NASA Higher Education Programs, and research grants through unsolicited proposals accessible from:


    17. Contact Information M. David Kankam, Ph.D. NASA Glenn Research Center Research and Technology Directorate 21000 Brookpark Rd., M.S. 49-5 Cleveland, OH 44135-3191 Phone: (216) 433-6143; Fax: (216) 433-3687 E-mail:

    18. FUTURE HYPERSONICS PROGRAM Multidisciplinary Physics-Based Predictive Design & Optimization Capabilities for Mission Performance, Safety, & Economics, etc. LEVEL 4 Experimental Capabilities for Systems LEVEL 3 Propulsion Systems Design Vehicle Systems Design LEVEL 2 Materials & Structures Propulsion Aerodynamics, Aerothermodynamics & Plasma Dynamics Advanced Controls Methods Experimental Capabilities LEVEL 1 Plasma Physics Measurement Techniques Energy Transport Phenomena Unsteady/ transient Physics Chemistry Propellants Experimental Techniques Materials & Structures Modeling Turbulence/Chemistry Interactions Fundamental Flow Physics Modeling CFD Methods Hypervelocity Propulsion Physics