A team of researchers led by Michigan Aerospace Professor Joaquim Martins has been selected for a highly competitive research partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), establishing University of Michigan as an AFRL Collaborative Center in Aerospace Vehicle Design (CAVD). This partnership will promote collaboration between AFRL, UM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a contributing university, in the discovery of new numerical methods and tools for optimizing aircraft design and performance.
The Michigan-AFRL CAVD research will be multi-faceted, involving numerous studies led in tandem by Martins and his Michigan co-investigators Carlos Cesnik, Krzystof Fidkowski, and Charles Mader. These studies will capitalize on University of Michigan’s rich theoretical, computational and experimental capabilities to facilitate “research and development of key technologies in aerospace vehicle design.”
The collaboration will span five years, formally beginning in the fall of 2017