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Nhan Nguyen Gives Invited Keynote Talk at The German Aerospace Center, DLR

Dr. Nhan Nguyen was invited by the German aerospace center, Deutsches zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), to give a keynote talk at the inauguration of the new Robotics and Mechatronics Center in Oberpfaffenhofen on April 15, 2016, near Munich. The official opening was marked by attendance of the Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister of Bavaria. Nhan Nguyen presented the keynote talk on “Progress in NASA Flight Control for Improved Performance and Safety of Next-Generation Aircraft.” The talk presented the contributions of NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) research and development of adaptive flight control technologies for enhanced aircraft safety, and wing-shaping control technology for reducing the environmental impacts of aviation by increasing fuel efficiency of next-generation aircraft.

On April 14, 2016, Nhan Nguyen met with DLR research staff in the Flight Control & Autonomy and Flight Dynamics & Loads groups within the Institute of System Dynamics and Control to discuss technical research and potential collaboration opportunities. The meeting identified similar capabilities and mutual research interests in the areas of flexible aircraft flight dynamics, aeroelasticity, and control at DLR and NASA ARC. A suggestion on a potential joint technical session between NASA and DLR at a future American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) SciTech Forum was made.

BACKGROUND: The Advanced Control and Evolvable Systems (ACES) group conducts applied research in flight dynamics and control for fixed-wing aircraft to support many NASA ARMD projects. Adaptive flight control and aircraft flight dynamics are core competencies of the ACES group, which has supported aviation safety research for many years. This research led to flight tests of NASA ARC-developed adaptive flight control technologies onboard NASA F-15 and F-18 aircraft during the last decade. The ACES group has also developed Multidisciplinary Design Analysis and Optimization (MDAO) capabilities in the area of flexible aircraft to support the Advanced Air Transport Technology (AATT) project. Wing-shaping control technology developed in ACES group has been demonstrated in wind tunnel tests to be capable of achieving mission-adaptive aircraft performance for drag reduction that reduces fuel consumption. Utilizing this research, the ACES group has developed advanced aircraft modeling capabilities in integrated aerodynamics/aeroelasticity/flight dynamics and aeroservoelastic control for drag reduction, flutter suppression, and load alleviation.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Integrated Resilient Aircraft Control (IRAC) project, Aviation Safety Program (2007-2010); Advanced Air Transport Technology (AATT) project, Advanced Air Vehicle Program (2011-present); both under the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)

POINT OF CONTACT: Nhan Nguyen, nhan.t.nguyen@nasa.gov

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