7–11 January 2019
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego,
San Diego, California


A Tutorial on a Unified Approach for Computational Aeroelasticity 

Sunday, 7 January 2018, 1530-1730 hrs
Location: Sun D


This tutorial will cover some of the basic concepts and terminology associated with aeroelasticity, including structural dynamics, unsteady aerodynamics, aeroservoelasticity, and recent developments such as computational reduced-order models. An important component of this course is to familiarize the participants with the classical methods as well as the more modern methods in aeroelasticity, in order to understand the various options available to the aeroelastician. The course will cover basic experimental concepts, including videos of wind-tunnel flutter incidents. 

Tutorial Instructor

Dr. Walt Silva is a Senior Researcher in the Aeroelasticity branch at the NASA Langley Research Center.  Dr. Silva has more than 30 years experience in industry, government, and academia in the fields of unsteady aerodynamics, structural dynamics, aeroelasticity, reduced-order models, nonlinear dynamics, and flutter testing.  Dr. Silva has taught several invited short courses in aeroelasticity at national and international organizations.  Dr. Silva is a NASA Floyd Thompson Fellow and an Associate Fellow of the AIAA.  He is also an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University and at the College of William & Mary.

Tutorial Registration

Access to the tutorial is open to all SciTech registrants at no extra charge. If you are interested in attending the tutorial, please email  Devesh Kumar.

A Tutorial on a Verification and Best Practices for Integrated Computational Materials

Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 1430-1630 hrs
Location: Flagler


Due to the exponential increase in the availability of computing power over the last several decades, modeling and simulation have become an important part of virtually all aspects of science, engineering, and manufacturing. For modeling and simulation to achieve the Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) stated goal of delivering tools that aid the science and engineering decision making process, thorough and unbiased assessments of the accuracy and credibility of model results are critical. This tutorial will provide an overview of the topics of Verification and Validation (V&V) and Uncertainty Quantification (UQ), demonstrated by contextualized examples, with a focus on the process and quantifying the confidence that can be attributed to results of computational materials science models. While these topics have been investigated for decades in the computational fluid dynamics and structural analysis communities, the ICME community is just starting to grapple with implementing these issues and will face some unique challenges due to the range of physical phenomena that are of interest to the materials science community. 


View more details of this tutorial here.

Recent Advances in Alternative Fuels Combustion 

Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 1800-2000 hrs


The tremendous expansion of the aviation demand combined with the energy crisis and the stringent environmental pollution regulations has been the challenge and the driving force for the alternative fuels research. Potential drop-in alternative fuels offer the opportunity to provide immediate benefits.

Majority of the studies available in public domain deals with just few aspects of alternative fuel research. In this training session we will present a review of current alternative fuels research followed with a wide range of topics that are important for alternative fuels research. The topics would include PM and gaseous emissions, impact of different aromatic species on PM and seal swell, fuel system compatibility issues, combustion instability and noise issues followed with impact on Lean Blowout Limits. Overall aim of the training would be to give overall prospective of alternative fuels research and issues.

Tutorial Instructor

Dr. Bhupendra Khandelwal, The University of Sheffield
Dr. Bhupendra Khandelwal works on combustion, emissions and performance of alternative fuel to be used in gas turbine engines and other combustion sources. He is leading combustion and emissions research areas at Low Carbon Combustion Centre (LCCC), a low carbon initiative by The University of Sheffield. Dr. Khandelwal works closely with large range of industries, government organisations and universities including FAA, Siemens, Rolls-Royce, UK MOD and Dstl.

Mr. James Cronly, The University of Sheffield

Target Audience

This training would be useful for industry personnel who have dealing with fuels and combustion aspects of fuels. This training would also be useful for students who want to gain more in-depth training on performance of alternative fuels. 

Tutorial Registration

Access to the tutorial is open to all SciTech registrants at no extra charge.

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