Researchers Conduct Testing for U.S. Navy-funded Hypersonic Aerospace Project

February 26, 2021 | News, Research, UToday, Engineering, Natural Sciences and Mathematics
By Christine Billau

A multidisciplinary group of researchers at The University of Toledo is collaborating with an industry partner on a project to help the nation’s military.

The UToledo team is developing hot, non-vitiated air for hypersonic testing. Non-vitiated air is essentially a gas with all of the properties of air, but without other matter such as particulates or pollutants.

The Office of Naval Research awarded Teledyne Brown Engineering based in Huntsville, Ala., a contract for an aerospace project, with UToledo as a subcontractor. The 10-month contract to UToledo is for $652,840.

“We’re proud to work with our industry partner on this critical project and pave the way for more collaboration with Teledyne,” said Dr. Steven Huebner, research professor of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering and executive director of the UToledo Institute of Applied Engineering Research.

The research effort at UToledo involves professors in the College of Engineering and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, including Huebner; Dr. Mark Mason, professor of chemistry and biochemistry; Dr. Ana Alba-Rubio, assistant professor of chemical engineering; and Dr. Sorin Cioc, clinical associate professor of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering.

The UToledo team has been working on the project since last summer. Testing is scheduled to begin this month in a high-pressure laboratory on campus.

“I am pleased that our faculty members in the College of Engineering and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry have been able to provide strong support for this Office of Naval Research project led by Teledyne in hypersonics, an area of tremendous importance for our national leadership in aerospace,” said Dr. Frank Calzonetti, UToledo vice president of research. “The strong support of Rep. Marcy Kaptur helped provide the Office of Naval Research with funds needed for this project.”

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