EB3-3115 | Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering EB3-3115 | Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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March 2017

MAE PhD Defense – Scott Blackwelder

March 23, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Optimizing UAV Mission Performance Through Hybrid-Electric Powertrain (Advisor:  Dr. Klang) Biography:   When I was eleven, while riding in the car with my Dad, I asked him what he thought I should be when I grew up. As if he had been anticipating the question, he immediately answered “Mechanical Engineer”. That question seeming easy enough, I followed up by asking where I should go to study mechanical engineering. Again, without hesitation, my Dad answered “NC State”. Suffice to say, that…

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MAE PhD Defense – Christopher Elliott

March 30, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Title: Methods for Streamlined Firefly Optimization and Interpretation: Application to Engineering Design (Advisor: Dr. Buckner) Biography: Chris was raised in Asheville NC, and completed his undergraduate and graduate coursework at North Carolina State University.  He earned a master's degree in mechanical engineering in 1998, with a minor in mathematics, and has worked at Caterpillar since then.  His responsibilities at Caterpillar have focused in four areas: machine noise control, engine systems development and research, hydrostatic transmission design optimization, and control system development.…

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June 2018

MAE PhD Defense – Edward Chapman

June 22, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

TITLE: Efficiency and Function: Design and Analysis of Smart Actuators and Systems using Fluidic Artificial Muscles ADVISOR: Dr. Matthew Bryant DATE & TIME: Friday, June 22, 2018 at 9:30 AM LOCATION: EB3 - 3115   ABSTRACT:  This work is comprised of three distinct contributions to the literature in the modeling and analysis of fluidic artificial muscles (FAMs) and systems which utilize them. First, a fully-coupled electrohydraulic system with single FAMs is used to study design parameter effects on the efficiency of a quadrupedal…

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November 2018

MAE PhD Defense – Thomas C. Powers

November 2, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Title: Artificial Lumbered Flight for Autonomous Soaring Advisor: Dr. Larry Silverberg and Dr. Ashok Gopalarathnam Date: Friday, November 2, 2018, at 9 AM Location: EB3 Rm.# 3115   Abstract: Soaring strategies are redefining the flight capabilities of small-class fixed-wing UAVs. This dissertation presents an autonomous soaring strategy that exploits updraft energy independent of the classification of an updraft. The strategy employs an artificial lumbered flight algorithm (ALFA) that weighs near-field updraft estimates and mission priorities for the navigation. This work raises the…

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