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    Call for Papers

    This Call for Papers is organized consistent with the legacy events that now comprise the Propulsion and Energy 2014 Forum. Click on one of the 20 topics below to go directly to the technical discipline area of interest to you. For abstract submission requirements and instructions, click here.


    ITAR Sessions Update:


    ITAR restricted sessions will be offered for the AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum 2014. Carefully review the detailed AIAA ITAR abstract submission process as well as the ITAR registration requirements. 

    Dates to Remember

      Abstract Submission Open: 1 November 2013
      Abstract Submission Close: 14 January 2014
       Author Notification Letters Sent:       19 March  2014
      Manuscript Deadline: 8 July 2014

    Advanced Propulsion Concepts for Future Flight

    TECHNICAL CHAIR: John W. Robinson

    Papers are sought in the area of unique propulsion systems for Earth-to-orbit launch systems, space systems, advanced compact systems, nano-propulsion systems, reciprocating systems, and lightweight aircraft engines. In the area of innovative approaches and advance conventional systems, papers are sought that show theoretical, computational, or experimental results; mission analysis; and instrumentation and diagnostic techniques. Papers on in-situ propellants for lunar or Mars missions should address propellant production, theoretical and experimental designs, and evaluations and analysis for current and future applications.

    These sessions are sponsored by the ASME Propulsion Technical Committee.

    • Unique Propulsion Systems
    • Innovative Approaches and Advanced Conventional Systems
    • In-Situ Propellants for Lunar and Mars Missions


    Aerospace Power Systems

    TECHNICAL CHAIR: Doug M. Allen

    Technical papers are sought on power systems and subsystems developed specifically for aerospace and aeronautic applications. Papers may include concepts, development initiatives, testing, simulations, and mission requirements addressing the broad range of power for aircraft and space applications. Papers discussing aerospace-specific power technologies, operational performance, requirements, and system designs are highly desired. Topics include, but are not limited to, future mission requirements, trends in aircraft and space power technology, power system architectures and modeling, aerospace-specific components/designs, operational performance, solar, nuclear, & radioisotope power systems, power system environmental interactions, and
    wireless energy transfer.


    Air Breathing Propulsion Systems Integration

    TECHNICAL CHAIR: Chris Hughes

    Please submit abstracts in one of the four organizational areas below (refer to the topics below for more details or contact the above organizer for more information).

    1. Aerodynamic Performance includes the design, development, integration, and testing of aircraft inlets, nozzles, and exhaust components and systems for both subscale and flight conditions at speeds ranging from subsonic through hypersonic.
    2. Systems Integration includes concepts and technologies for exploiting the synergies in aeropropulsion, thermal, and power subsystems.
    3. Propellers, Pistons, and Turboprops addresses all aspects of air-breathing propulsion system integration with emphasis on those issues particular to propeller-driven systems.
    4. Requirements Verification, Certification, and Testing includes all aspects of air-breathing propulsion integration certification and testing including FAA compliance and regulations.

      • Subsonic/Supersonic Inlets and Nozzles: Flow Physics; Mechanical Design; Flow Control (including Scaling); Area Control; Jet Effects and Thrust Vectoring (including Thrust Reversers and Area Control); and Boundary Layer Effects, Control, and Management; System Integration Impact on Engine Operability, Aerodynamic Performance, Structures.
      • Real-World Propulsion Operation Issues: Environmental (Corrosion, Icing, Sand, Rain, Bird Strike, etc.); Survivability; Operations; and Maintainability.
      • Aircraft System Acoustics (including Sonic Boom) and Acoustic Treatments Related to Propulsion Integration.
      • Integrated Flight/Propulsion Control and Operation (including Hardware/Software Integration, and Advanced Algorithms for Robust Operation).
      • Propulsion Power/Thermal Management and Integration.
      • Physical Issues Related to Engine Integration (including performance-based specification development, interface control and associated contractor/supplier management).
      • Unique and Emerging Propulsion-System Technologies (including STOVL Propulsion Concepts and Integration, Hydrogen Fuel Cell, and Battery Electric Propulsion).
      • System-Level Assessments of Integrated Propulsion Concepts (including Distributed Propulsion).
      • Integration Issues Related to Propellers, Pistons, and Turboprops.
      • Requirements Verification, Certification, Compliance, and Testing Related to Propulsion Integration.


    Electric Propulsion

    TECHNICAL CHAIR: Daniel A. Herman

    Papers are solicited for sessions on electric propulsion technologies and systems. Of particular interest are papers relating to a range of electric propulsion technologies including, but not limited to: hall thrusters, ion thrusters, micropropulsion concepts, magnetoplasmadynamic thrusters, pulsed-plasma thrusters, pulse-inductive thrusters, arcjets, and resistojets. Papers are also sought on topics regarding advanced thruster concepts, innovative or advanced electric propulsion systems, and other electrothermal, electromagnetic, or electrostatic thruster and system concepts.

    • Fundamental physics
    • Analytical modeling
    • Numerical simulations
    • Laboratory and space testing
    • Development programs
    • Flight programs
    • Diagnostics
    • Lifetime and erosion characterization
    • Mission analysis
    • Systems analysis


    Energetic Components & Systems

    TECHNICAL CHAIR: Jim Baglini

    • Applications and requirements for civilian and military aircraft, space vehicles and missiles, automotive safety, mining, and controlled demolition.
    • Electro-explosive devices, initiators, detonators, gas generators, igniters and their initiation systems (which may include hot bridge wire, exploding bridge wire, exploding foil, laser/fiber optics, or semiconductor bridge elements) and explosive energy transfer products, including detonating cord, thin layer explosive, linearshaped charge, and through bulkhead initiators.
    • Explosively actuated devices, including severing/penetration charges, expanding tube/bellows separation systems, explosive bolts, frangible nuts, separation nuts, pin pullers, bolt cutters, cable cutters, pyrovalves, and safe/arm devices.
    • Lessons learned and education.
    • Modeling and simulation of energetic materials/components/systems.
    • Energetic material chemistry, including synthesis, characterization, compatibility, and aging; and analysis techniques as applied to ordnance applications.
    • Nontraditional topics other than those listed


    Energy Conversion Device Technology

    TECHNICAL CHAIR: Edward J. Lewandowski

    Technical papers are sought that discuss the details of various types of energy conversion devices, including but not limited to, direct energy conversion devices, AMTEC, magnetohydrodynamics, photovoltaic devices, thermophotovoltaics, thermionics, thermoacoustic engines, and thermoelectrics. Papers on thermodynamic devices may address advanced cycles, Brayton and Rankine cycles, heat engines and heat pumps, MEMS, and Stirling engines. Papers should address specific characteristics, processes, and methodologies. Topics may include initial concepts, device component fabrication, modeling, analysis, testing, operation and applications of nanotechnology for energy conversion devices.

    • Energy Conversion Devices, Components, and Advanced Concepts


    Energy Policy, Environmental & Historical Perspectives

    TECHNICAL CHAIR: Michael F. Piszczor

    Papers are sought on the various aspects of energy policy, global energy use, new energy initiatives, the effect of energy production on the environment and the environmental impact based on the utilization of new or existing technologies. Papers that provide insight on regulations, legislation, conservation, and/or actions adopted by individuals, groups, or governments relative to future energy availability and environmental energy issues, including global, regional, local or company policy initiatives are highly encouraged. Papers are also sought that provide a historical perspective of energy conversion technologies, policy and energy use, as well as trends toward the future.

    • Energy Policy, Environmental, and Historical Perspectives


    Energy Storage Technology


    Technical papers are being sought that discuss all primary or secondary devices or mediums utilized to store, charge, recharge, or regenerate a source of energy for immediate or delayed utilization. Of great interest are papers discussing innovative methods, materials, and processes, including lessons learned. Topics may include initial concepts, device component fabrication, analysis and testing, and energy storage system testing, operation and applications. Topics include, but are not limited to, capacitive energy storage, supercapacitors and ultracapacitors, flywheel energy storage components, system operation, and testing, primary batteries (lithium cells, advanced batteries, active primary, reserve, thermal), rechargeable cells and batteries (lithium ion, lithium polymer, nickel cadmium, nickel hydrogen, nickel metal hydride), electric vehicle batteries, special purpose batteries, fuel cells (components and system designs), superconducting magnetic energy storage, and applications of nanotechnology for energy storage.

    • Energy Storage Devices and System Designs


    Energy Systems Models and SE Life-Cycle Management

    (IECEC, IEEE Energy Tech, & INCOSE)
    TECHNICAL CHAIR: John Juhasz

    Papers are sought which address the application of system models to the propulsion and/or energy sector to characterize via simulation specific system behavior and provide decision support for system life-cycle management. Examples of actual experience in energy and propulsion applications with models, along with lessons learned and insights into the use of models as a means of decision support are of high interest. Model integration and interfaces in a multi-model environment, as well as physical systems interfaces are of interest. Implications of using models at each phase of life-cycle development, including concept phase, development, verification & validation, and operations management, including optimization techniques using simulation results for maximizing performance, minimizing cost, enhancing maintenance activity, and related topics are highly encouraged. Discussion and objective comparison of various modeling methods and languages as applicable to traditional and alternative energy systems, contrasting advantages and shortcomings of various methods, is welcome.

    • Energy Policy, Systems Engineering, System Models, Simulation, Decision Support, Life-cycle management, Modeling Language, Methods


    Gas Turbine Engines

    TECHNICAL CHAIR: Dr. Gerard E. Welch

    Papers are solicited in all areas related to the science and technology of gas turbine engines, internal combustion engines, and associated engine components, for air vehicle applications in the subsonic and transonic flight regimes. A poster presentation option may be exercised as warranted. Please contact the above organizer for more information.

    Topics of interest for the GTE sessions include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Research and technology efforts related to engine components – props, fans, compressors, combustors, turbines, augmentors, controls, heat exchangers, transmissions, shafting, bearings, and seals – and their interaction.
    • Methods/tools for preliminary and detailed design, manufacturing, inspection and assembly.
    • Engine applications of advanced materials (e.g., CMCs).
    • Engine or component test techniques, advanced instrumentation/sensors, diagnostics/health-monitoring/CBM techniques.
    • Engine controls and health management technologies, including distributed engine controls and model-based approaches.
    • Advanced combustor technology and alternative fuels.
    • Multidisciplinary design, analysis and optimization of engine systems and components.
    • Analytical and computational models for component- and engine-level analysis, optimization, and steady and transient simulation.
    • Engine-related heat transfer, thermal management, cooling, and secondary flow management.
    • Advanced thermodynamic cycles and game-changing component technologies.
    • Advanced engine architectures/installations; variable cycle engines, distributed propulsion.

    Application and integration of pressure-gain combustors (deflagrative and detonative) in turbine engines, their valving, and interaction with adjacent turbomachinery components.

    • Aeroacoustics – engine jet noise generation and mitigation.
    • Engine icing, engine protection (sand/dust).
    • Engine stability/operability, and engine compatibility with inlets and nozzles.
    • Electric power generation and rapid power extraction.
    • Hybrid engines, turbo-electric propulsion, and distributed propulsion.
    • Engine technology related to environmentally friendly aviation.
    • Comparisons of engine flight and ground test data and simulation results.
    • Engine component life and cost methods/analyses.


    Hybrid Rocket Propulsion

    TECHNICAL CHAIR: Madhan Bala

    • Development and evaluation of novel oxidizer and fuel formulations and combinations
    • Injector designs and effect on engine performance and stability
    • Physical processes related to oxidizer vaporization, heat transfer, solid-phase to gas-phase species evolution, and mixing of oxidizer and fuel species
    • Chemical kinetics between fuel and oxidizer species
    • Analysis of internal ballistics including predictive capability
    • Computational fluid dynamics studies of internal flow fields and combustion
    • Design studies including cost and feasibility analysis
    • Combustion stability, motor performance, and related issues
    • Design and development of novel hybrid rocket motor concepts
    • Descriptions of current programs – their objectives and progress to date


    High Speed Air Breathing Propulsion/Hypersonic & Combined Cycle Propulsion Application

    Email: timothy.o’

    Topics of interest for these sessions include, but are not limited to, the following: ramjet, scramjet, and combined cycle (TBCC, RBCC, etc.) engines (and their components) using hydrogen, hydrocarbon, or alternate fuels; ground and flight test of hypersonic propulsion systems; control systems; and mission analysis.

    • High-fidelity propulsion system simulations discussing physics-based subsystem and system simulation methods and technologies, including validation, simulation frameworks, variable fidelity analysis, visualization environments, and high performance computing.
    • Constant volume combustion engines (pulse detonation engines, wave rotors, continuous detonation engines, etc.), mechanical and thermal design, practical design and integration of detonation initiation and propagation systems, fuel system, and inlet system.
    • Propellants, including propellant handling, air liquefaction, slush hydrogen, and bi/tri propellants.
    • Ramjets, scramjets, including combustors and combustion, fuel injection, flame holders, ramjet/scramjet transition, and fuel heating/thermal management.
    • Ramjet, scramjet, and combined cycle engine air inlets, including inlet airflow, inlet boundary layer considerations, bleed/bypass, and shock positionin requirements.
    • Vehicle/engine integration and performance, engine thrust and specific impulse, mass fraction.
    • Applications for reusable launch vehicles, including single- and multiple-stage to orbit launch vehicle concepts.
    • System demonstration/validation plans.
    • Engine components such as combustors, injectors, isolators/diffusers, and MHD generators for power generation.
    • The use of plasmas to modify shock.


    Liquid Rocket Propulsion

    TECHNICAL CHAIR: Justin Locke

    Papers are sought from all areas related to liquid rocket propulsion. These sessions are jointly sponsored by the AIAA Liquid Propulsion Technical Committee, the SAE Space Transportation and Propulsion Technical Committee, and the ASME Propulsion Technical Committee. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Liquid rocket engine design, development, and test for launch vehicle and spacecraft propulsion applications, including expendable and reusable propulsion for booster, upper stage, and single-stage-to-orbit applications, and space vehicle propulsion for orbital, de-orbit, and interplanetary applications.
    • Design, analysis, testing, and simulation of liquid rocket engine components (combustion chambers, injectors, nozzles, turbomachinery, ignition systems, etc.) including innovative concepts, manufacturing processes, heat transfer and materials.
    • Propellant feed systems and fluid management technology, including flow controls, sensors, high pressure gas and cryogenic liquid valves, space vehicle servicing, control and health monitoring, on-orbit gauging, and materials compatibility; and studies addressing interaction and coupling between feed system components (inlet feed ducts, cavitating venturis, orifices, valves, etc.).
    • Propellant storage tanks and vessels, including design, development, modeling, fabrication, materials, testing, ground handling, and flight performance, and studies of tank pressurization, sloshing, and mixing of high temperature gas with cryogenic liquids.
    • Non-toxic propellant studies and associated technologies.
    • Modeling and simulation of non-component-specific fundamental processes relating to liquid rocket engines, including fluid dynamics, chemical kinetics, interactions of fluid dynamics with combustion, combustion performance and stability, injector-chamber coupling, and alternative fuels.


    Nuclear & Future Flight Propulsion

    TECHNICAL CHAIR: Greg Meholic

    Papers should address conceptual, preliminary, or experimental approaches for nuclear-powered rocketry and alternative, physics-based propulsion systems. Relevant topics include all aspects of nuclear thermal rocket (NTR) design, testing, and utilization as well as innovative or emerging concepts for fusion-based, antimatter, or hybrid space systems. “Future flight” topics include concepts for both near- and far-term space propulsion architectures that require significant advancements in many areas of advanced physics and propulsion science. Applications of space-time manipulation, gravity modification, electromagnetic coupling, particle/quantum physics, relativistic assessments, or fluidic continua are valid for this area. Future Flight papers should be well founded in theory and clearly identify a propulsion application. All submissions should offer never-before-published findings, insights, or new problem statements to guide future work. Any performance comparisons must include uncertainty bands. Minor revisions and updates to previously reported material is strongly discouraged. Session categories include:

    • Nuclear Thermal Propulsion: Engine Modeling.
    • Nuclear Thermal Propulsion: Fuels Development.
    • Nuclear Thermal Propulsion: Missions, Vehicles and Architectures.
    • Nuclear Thermal Propulsion: Testing and Programmatics.
    • Fusion and Alternative Nuclear Concepts.
    • Future Flight Propulsion Physics.


    Propellants & Combustion

    TECHNICAL CHAIR: Joseph C. Oefelein

    Experimental, theoretical, and numerical work in all areas related to combustion of liquid, solid, and gaseous fuels in air-breathing, rocket, and underwater propulsion and power systems.

    • Combustion Diagnostics
    • Spray Combustion
    • Combustion Modeling and Simulation
    • Combustion Dynamics and Detonations
    • Hybrid Combustion Systems
    • Advanced Combustor Concepts
    • Propellant and Fuel Development
    • Micro-Scale Combustion


    Propulsion Education

    TECHNICAL CHAIR: Robert A. Frederick Jr.

    The sessions are sponsored by the ASEE Propulsion Education Committee. Topics of interest include the following:

    • K–16 educational outreach case studies
    • Industry-desired attributes of new engineers
    • University/industry initiatives in propulsion education/research
    • University capabilities in propulsion education/research-institutional summary
    • Student design projects/experiments
    • Software tools for propulsion education
    • International propulsion projects
    • Propulsion laboratories


    Solid Rocket Propulsion

    TECHNICAL CHAIR: Wesley J. Ryan

    Technical Papers are solicited in all areas related to solid rocket propulsion. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Solid rocket combustion instability
    • Propellant development and characterization
    • Developments in solid rocket motor modeling, simulation, analysis and evaluation methodologies
    • Solid rocket motor history and lessons learned in rocket design, manufacture, qualification, static test and flight programs
    • Advanced nozzle and case design technology
    • Motor design and optimization
    • Motor grain design and ballistics
    • Controllable solid propulsion/thrust management
    • Innovative ignition systems
    • Future technologies


    Space & Earth-to-Orbit Vehicle Systems


    Space Transportation and Future Generation Space Transportation sessions are sponsored by the AIAA Space Transportation Technical Committee and the ASME Propulsion Technical Committee.


    Space Transportation

    Papers are sought for sessions on space transportation including enabling technologies and economics. Of particular interest are papers that address propulsion system impact on performance, reuse, operability, and overall mission effectiveness of space transportation systems. Space transportation systems may include expendable launch vehicles, reusable launch vehicles, missiles, and upper stage and orbital transfer vehicles. Papers are sought for space transportation topics, including, but not limited to, commercial, civil, and military systems; cost modeling; performance safety, reliability, and maintainability; and environmental aspects.


    Future Generation Space Transportation

    This session set is directed to presentations of advanced fully reusable space transport vehicle and propulsion system concepts. Future civil, military and commercial space transport missions are to be addressed, such as envisioned Spaceliner-/Spacelifter-class systems featuring aircraft-like mission dependability, flight safety, and overall affordability. Papers are solicited that present the latest thinking in system design and operations, relating key enabling and enhancing technologies. Innovative development and demonstration program approaches are of interest, including the use of X-vehicle flight testing and early prototyping.


    System Concepts & Supporting Propulsion Technologies

    TECHNICAL CHAIR: James Chenoweth

    Papers are solicited for the full spectrum of aircraft, space launch vehicles, and missiles. The sessions are jointly sponsored by the ASME Propulsion Technical Committee and the AIAA Air Breathing Propulsion Systems Integration Technical Committee. Please submit abstracts in one of the seven organizational areas below. Papers are requested describing recent developments in: a) system-level trade studies evaluating competing sealing approaches on the basis of performance metrics (specific fuel consumption, specific impulse, direct operating cost savings, thermal management, other); b) new seal design concepts and sealing approaches showing promise of meeting performance requirements; c) methods for seal design and predicting seal performance under service conditions; d) coupled techniques (experimental or analytical) to assess the interaction between the seal, cavity, and main flows; e) test results demonstrating concept feasibility under simulated/ actual conditions, and description of novel test rigs used to evaluate seal concept performance; and f) seal material advancements, including improved materials for low wear and long life and seal tribological evaluations.

    • Hybrid, Distributed, and Other Technologies for Intelligent and Robust Propulsion
    • Control Systems
    • Integrated Modeling and Simulation in Systems
    • Engineering and Analysis for Propulsion Systems
    • Design
    • Prognostics, Diagnostics, and Condition-Based Maintenance
    • Sensing and Measuring Technologies for Propulsion Systems and Propulsion
    • Controls
    • Advanced Seal Technology


    Terrestrial Energy Systems

    TECHNICAL CHAIR: Charles Alexander
    Technical papers are sought that address research, technology development, and the implementation of terrestrial power systems and fuels. Topics include, but are not limited to combustion, alternative fuels, co-generation, terrestrial energy systems (fossil fuels, geothermal, nuclear, photovoltaic, solar thermal, wind, tidal), building and vehicle energy distribution and utilization (including plug-in electric vehicles, energy efficient/hybrid vehicle technology, utility power transmission and distribution, smart/micro grid technology, terrestrial power electronics, and applications of nanotechnology and high temperature superconductivity. Papers that address any aspects of the technologies listed above, including R&D, modeling and analysis, advanced concepts, system design, commercialization, laboratory and field test results, and system operation, are highly encouraged.

    • Terrestrial Energy Technology, Systems, Applications, and Advanced Concepts


    Thermal Management Technology

    TECHNICAL CHAIR: Michael K. Choi

    Technical papers are sought on all aspects of thermal energy management, technology components/systems, and modeling/analysis. Topics include, but are not limited to, heat transfer and transport, thermal energy storage, system applications for unique environments, and the application of nanotechnology to thermal systems. Papers discussing areas that address the results of practical applications, tests, simulations, and R&D initiatives of thermal management operational performance, limitations, and study results for aircraft, spacecraft and terrestrial applications are highly encouraged.

    • Thermal Energy Management, Systems, and Modeling