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    New Conference Update: ITAR Compliant Sessions Added to the JPC and IECEC Technical Program.  Click here for more details.

    Authors having trouble submitting abstracts electronically should email ScholarOne technical support at  Questions about the abstracts themselves should be referred to the appropriate Technical Program Chair.


    Advanced Propulsion and Technologies (JPC)
    Aerospace Power Systems (IECEC)
    Air-Breathing Propulsion, Combined Cycle Systems, and Components (JPC)
    Education (JPC)
    Energy Conversion Device Technology (IECEC)
    Energy Storage Technology (IECEC)
    Rockets and Space Propulsion (JPC)
    System Concepts and Supporting Propulsion Technologies (JPC)
    Terrestrial Electricity Delivery and Grid Reliability (IECEC)
    Terrestrial Energy-Efficient and Renewable Energy Systems (IECEC)
    Terrestrial Fossil Energy Systems (IECEC)
    Terrestrial Nuclear Energy Systems (IECEC)
    Thermal Management Technology (IECEC)


    Advanced Propulsion and Technologies (JPC)

    Advanced Propulsion Concepts For Future Flight Sessions

    Organizer: John W. Robinson
    The Boeing Company (retired)


    These sessions are sponsored by the ASME Propulsion Technical Committee

    Unique Propulsion Systems
    • Earth-to-orbit launch systems
    • Space systems
    • Advanced compact systems
    • Nano-propulsion systems
    • Reciprocating systems
    • Lightweight aircraft engines

    Innovative Approaches and Advanced Conventional Systems

    • Theoretical concept development
    • Computational results
    • Proposed experimental facilities
    • Experimental results
    • Mission analysis
    • Instrumentation and diagnostic techniques
    • Low LCC systems

    In-Situ Propellants for Lunar and Mars Missions
    • Production of propellants
    • Theoretical and experimental designs
    • Theoretical evaluations of engine performance
    • Analyses on the benefits of in-situ technologies for current and future missions

    Energetic Components And Systems Sessions

    Organizer: Jim Baglini
    Exodynamics Technology Inc.


    • 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, linear shaped 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

    Nuclear And Future Flight Propulsion Sessions

    Organizer: Greg Meholic
    The Aerospace Corporation

    Nuclear Thermal Propulsion
    • Bimodal NTR concepts capable of producing both spacecraft thrust and electrical power
    • Vehicle concepts, applications, and mission designs employing NTR systems
    • Gas-cooled reactor concepts for propulsion or closed surface power generation
    • Alternative nuclear fuels and processes
    • Reactor controls and shielding requirements
    • NTR ground test facility options and environmental studies
    • Prospects for commercial space activities that could be enabled by NTR systems
    • Advancements for heritage solid-core NTR systems

    Fusion and Alternative Nuclear Concepts

    • Fusion plasma confinement and management schemes
    • Vehicle-based fusion power sources
    • Theoretical concept development, computational results, and mission analysis
    • Proposed experimental approaches
    • Instrumentation and diagnostic techniques
    • Fission/fusion hybrid systems
    • Concepts that utilize fusion reactions directly or indirectly
    • Novel fusion concepts

    Future Flight Propulsion Systems

    • Antimatter engines
    • Directed energy propulsion (laser, microwave, etc.)
    • Mass drivers
    • Interstellar propulsion
    • Breakthrough propulsion physics, including:
    • Fundamental physics of space–time, matter, motion, forces, and energy exchange
    • Possible coupling between electromagnetism, inertia, and gravitation
    • Creation or modification of general relativistic space–time topologies
    • Properties of the quantum vacuum


    Propellants And Combustion Sessions

    Organizer: Thomas L. Jackson
    Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets

    Propellant and Fuel Development (Green Fuels)
    Future propellants with special emphasis on “green propellants”: those with minimal environmental impact. Topics include, but are not limited to, formulations and physical chemical properties of fuels including characterization by surrogates, hazards, safety evaluation, materials compatibility, applications to propulsion devices, high-energy and high-density fuels and materials, propellants for operation under extreme thermodynamic conditions, thermal stability of fuels and propellants, reformed fuels, implications of rising oil prices on jet propellants, and in-situ propellant production concepts for military contingencies and planetary missions.

    Combustion Diagnostics
    Development, assessment, and calibration of advanced diagnostic techniques related to fundamental experiments or their application to practical combustion devices. 

    Spray Combustion

    Spray flame characteristics, supercritical droplet combustion, design of fuel spray systems, break-up behavior, non-dilute spray characteristics encountered in propulsion combustors.

    Fundamental Combustion Processes
    Ignition; laminar and turbulent flame propagation and extinction; detonation; chemical kinetics; infrared radiation from gas flames of gas turbine combustors; lean pre-vaporized premixed combustion systems; other transport processes in gas, liquid, solid, or mixed systems.

    Combustion Modeling
    Reynolds-averaged turbulent combustion models, sub-grid scale turbulent combustion models for large-eddy simulations, other methods for capturing turbulent transport and fluid-chemistry interactions. Strategies for model implementation in computational tools influence of initial and boundary conditions, numerical diffusion, etc.

    Combustion Dynamics/Detonations
    Mechanisms of combustion instability in gas turbine and rocket combustors and augmentors. Instability suppression techniques. Detonation physics; applications to pulsed and continuous (or rotating) detonation engines.

    Hybrid Combustion Systems
    Chemical reaction in power/propulsion systems consisting of two or more integrated, chemically reacting components. Examples include fuel cells and reformers integrated with conventional combustors to provide propulsive and electric power, and endothermic reactors integrated with scramjet combustors to provide leading edge cooling and fuel cracking.

    Advanced Combustor Concepts
    Application of combustion technologies to novel combustor geometries. These include the consideration of all forms of combustion, control of combustion processes, and unconventional designs for unique applications.

    Micro-Scale Combustion
    Combustion in miniaturized propulsion systems with special emphasis on combustion in channels/passages with characteristic dimensions of the order or smaller than the flame thickness, system performance scaling, and the role of fluid structure coupling.


    Aerospace Power Systems (IECEC) 

    For IECEC Technical Paper inquiries, please contact Conference Technical Chair Mark Bryden


     Space Power System Designs and Operational Performance

    • New power technology for space applications
    • Space station
    • Space exploration missions
    • Spacecraft solar
    • Spacecraft radioisotope
    • Space environment interactions

    Aero Power System Design and Operational Performance

    • New power technology for aero applications
    • Aircraft
    • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
    • Balloon

    Specific Space Power Systems

    • Spacecraft solar arrays
    • Radioisotope power systems
    • Space nuclear reactors
    • Solar thermal power for spacecraft
    • Spacecraft tether power systems
    • Space solar power concepts
    • Energy and power architectures for lunar exploration
    • Mars surface power systems
    • Power systems for deep space exploration


    Directed Energy Power

    Missile Power Systems

    Power Systems Architecture

    Electrical Power System Management and Distribution

    • In-orbit battery management and calibration
    • Space power system fault protections
    • High voltage systems
    • New power components
    • Superconductors
    • Diagnostics, prognostics, and health management


    Aircraft Wiring Systems

    Aircraft Auxiliary Power Systems

    Aircraft Engine and Control Systems

    Aircraft Propeller Systems

    Defense Nuclear Power Systems


    Energy Efficient Vehicles

    Electric Actuation for Aircraft

    Hydraulic Actuation for Aircraft

    High-Temperature Electronics

    • Advanced materials
    • Power converters and inverters
    • Packaging
    • Commercial applications


    Military Aircraft Power Systems and Studies

    Power System Modeling, Simulation and Analysis

    Power System Control

    Systems Integration and Optimized Vehicle Energy Use Advanced Concepts

    Terrestrial Applications of Aerospace Power Systems Technology

    Weapon Power Systems and Studies

    Applications of Nanotechnology for Aerospace Power Systems 

    Policy, Environmental, and Historical Perspectives of Aerospace Power Systems



    Air-Breathing Propulsion, Combined Cycle Systems, and Components (JPC)

    Air-Breathing Propulsion Systems Integration Sessions

    Organizer: Bruce Geoffrey McKay
    Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

    The sessions are jointly sponsored by the AIAA Air-Breathing Propulsion Systems Integration Technical Committee, the SAE Aircraft Propulsion Committee and Turbomachinery Committee, and the ASME Propulsion Technical Committee. Please submit abstracts in one of the four organizational areas below (refer to the details below or contact the above organizer for more information):
    • Aerodynamic Performance
    • Systems Integration
    • Propellers, Pistons, and Turboprops
    • Requirements Verification, Certification, and Testing

    The Aerodynamic Performance organizational area includes the development and integration of aircraft inlets, nozzles, and exhaust systems. Emphasis is given to computational results, experimental results and comparisons of computational and experimental results (including subscale and flight components), component optimization, and inlet and exhaust system design techniques at speeds ranging from subsonic through hypersonic.
    Areas of interest include:
    • Subsonic Intake and Diffuser Flow Physics, Including Boundary Layer Ingesting Inlets
    • Supersonic Compression Systems: Flowpath and Mechanical Design
    • Induction System Contribution to Drag and Other Aerodynamic Forces and Pitching Moments
    • Boundary Layer Effects, Control, and Management
    • Flow Control, Including Scaling Effects
    • Inlet/Engine Operability
    • System-Level Performance
    • Aerodynamic Effects of Propulsion System Integration
    • Nacelle/Wing Interaction
    • Jet Effects and Thrust Vectoring
    • Area Control
    • Thrust Reversers
    • Real World Operation Environmental Issues (Corrosion, Icing, Sand, Rain, Bird Strike, etc.)
    • Acoustics and Acoustic Treatments
    • Inlet and Nozzle Effects on Sonic Boom
    • STOVL Concepts and Integration
    • Survivability

    The Systems Integration organizational area includes:
    • System-Level Assessments of Integrated Propulsion Concepts, Including Distributed Propulsion
    • Propulsion System Structural Integration
    • Integrated Flight/Propulsion Control, Hardware/Software Integration
    • Power/Thermal Management – integrated propulsion/power/thermal architecture, all electric architectures, power/fluid systems integration, environmental control system integration, thermal management systems
    • Engine Physical Integration – performance-based specification development, interface control and associated contractor/supplier management
    • Propulsion Operations – reliability and maintainability, field support, removal and installation, and overhaul and maintenance.
    • Emerging Propulsion-System Technologies Including Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Battery Electric Propulsion
    The Propellers, Pistons, and Turboprops organizational area addresses all aspects of air-breathing propulsion system integration with emphasis on those issues particular to propeller driven systems.

    The Requirements Verification, Certification, and Testing organizational area addresses all aspects of air-breathing propulsion integration certification and testing including FAA compliance and regulations.

    Gas Turbine Engine Sessions

    Organizer: Ian Halliwell
    Principal Engineer, Aerodynamics
    Power Systems Manufacturing, an Alstom Company

    Topics of interest for the GTE sessions include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Research and technology development efforts related to inlets, nozzles, and 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
    • Advanced materials
    • Engine or component test techniques, advanced instrumentation/sensors, diagnostics/health-monitoring/CBM techniques
    • 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
    • Heat transfer, thermal management, cooling, and secondary flow management
    • Advanced thermodynamic cycles and game-changing component technologies
    • Application and integration of pressuregain combustors (deflagrative and detonative) in turbine engines, their valving, and interaction with adjacent turbomachinery components.
    • Advanced engine architectures/ installations, variable cycle engines, distributed propulsion
    • Aeroacoustics, engine and jet noise generation and mitigation
    • Engine icing, engine protection (sand/ dust)
    • Engine stability and inlet/engine compatibility
    • Electric power generation and rapid power extraction
    • Hybrid engines, turbo-electric propulsion, and distributed propulsion
    • Comparisons of engine flight and ground test data and simulation results
    • Auxiliary systems and structures, and their interaction with the primary engine system
    • Engine component life and cost methods/ Analyses

    High Speed Air-Breathing Propulsion Sessions

    Organizer: Faure Joel Malo-Molina

    Hypersonic and Combined Cycle Propulsion Application Sessions

    Organizer: Tim O’Brien
    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 using hydrogen, hydrocarbon, or alternate fuels
    • Engine components such as combustors, injectors, isolators/diffusers, and MHD generators for power generation
    • The use of plasmas to modify shock structure and combustion
    • Ground and flight test of hypersonic propulsion systems
    • Control systems
    • Applications for reusable launch vehicles, including single- and multiple-stage to orbit launch vehicle concepts
    • Flight demonstrator research vehicle concepts
    • Combined cycle engine system design and development
    • Combined cycle engine analysis, optimization, and performance prediction
    • Internal/external flow CFD analyses
    • Innovative propellant management concepts
    • System demonstration/validation plans
    • Component development status
    • Engine life-cycle costs
    • Mission requirements
    • Vehicle/engine integration and performance, engine thrust and specific impulse, mass fraction
    • Ramjet, scramjet, and combined cycle engine air inlets, including inlet airflow, inlet boundary layer considerations, bleed/bypass, and shock positioning requirements
    • Ramjets, scramjets, including combustors and combustion, fuel injection, flame holders, ramjet/scramjet transition, and fuel heating/thermal management
    • Propellants, including propellant handling, air liquefaction, slush hydrogen, and bi/tri propellants
    • 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
    • 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


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    Education (JPC)

    Propulsion Education Sessions
    Organizer: Robert A. Frederick Jr.
    UAH Propulsion Research Center


    The sessions are sponsored by the ASEE Propulsion Education Committee. Please contact the above organizer for more information.

    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


    Energy Conversion Device Technology (IECEC)

    Direct Energy Conversion Devices and Components

    • AMTEC
    • Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD)
    • Photovoltaic devices
    • Thermionics
    • Thermoacoustic engines
    • Thermoelectrics
    • Thermophotovoltaics (TPV)

    Thermodynamic Devices, Components and Systems

    • Advanced cycles
    • Brayton and Rankine cycles
    • Heat engines and heat pumps
    • MEMS
    • Stirling engines

    Advanced Energy Conversion Concepts

    Combined Heat/Electrical Power Concepts

    Applications of Nanotechnology for Energy Conversion Device Technology

    Policy, Environmental, and Historical Perspectives of Energy Conversion Device Technology

    Energy Storage Technology

    Capacitive Energy Storage

    • Supercapacitors
    • Ultracapacitors

    Flywheel Energy Storage

    • Device components
    • System operation, test, and analysis

    Primary Batteries

    • Lithium cells and advanced batteries
    • Active primary batteries
    • Reserve batteries
    • Thermal batteries

    Rechargeable Cell 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
    • Regenerative

    Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage

    Applications of Nanotechnology for Energy Storage Technology

    Policy, Environmental, and Historical Perspectives of Energy Storage Technology


    Rockets and Space Propulsion (JPC)

    Electric Propulsion Sessions
    Organizer: Paulo Lozano
    Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    • Hall thrusters
    • Ion thrusters
    • Field emission thrusters, colloid thrusters, and other micropropulsion concepts
    • MPD, PPT, and PIT thrusters
    • Resistojets and arcjets
    • Advanced thruster concepts
    • Other electrothermal, electromagnetic, or electrostatic thruster concepts
    • Innovative or advanced electric propulsion systems

    For the concepts or systems listed above, the topics of interest include:
    • Fundamental physics
    • Analytical modeling
    • Numerical simulations
    • Laboratory and space testing
    • Diagnostics
    • Lifetime characterization
    • Mission analysis
    • Systems analysis
    • Development programs
    • Flight programs
    • Other applications

    These sessions are sponsored by the AIAA Electric Propulsion Technical Committee and the ASME Propulsion Technical Committee. 

    Hybrid Rocket Propulsion Sessions
    Organizer: Madhan Bala
    Space Propulsion Group, Inc.

    • 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  

    Liquid Rocket Propulsion Sessions
    Organizer: Silvio Chianese
    Space Exploration Technologies

    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.


    Liquid Rocket Engine and Propulsion Systems

    • Expendable and reusable launch vehicle propulsion for booster, upper stage, and single stage to orbit applications
    • Space vehicle propulsion for orbital, de-orbit, and interplanetary applications
    • Liquid engine and propulsion systems for exploration systems and programs
    • Propulsion systems utilizing non-toxic propellants and associated technologies 



    Liquid Rocket Engine and Propulsion System Components

    • Ignition systems such as combustion wave, laser, advanced torch, and hypergolic
    • Engine combustion chamber design and analysis including coolant channels, innovative concepts, heat transfer, manufacturing processes, and materials
    • Combustion instability experiments
    • Combustion device injector design and analysis including acoustic analysis, innovative concepts, manufacturing processes, materials, testing at supercritical pressures, scaling laws from cold-flow to hot-fire experiments, scaling laws from single to multiple elements Nozzle design, analysis, manufacturing processes, materials, and testing, innovative concepts
    • Turbomachinery for liquid rocket engines: fluid dynamic analysis, design innovation, manufacturing, materials, and testing
    • Lightweight gas storage vessels and propellant tanks; propellant acquisition technology involving positive expulsion or surface tension devices; all phases of design, development, fabrication, materials, testing, ground handling, and flight performance

    Feed System Studies: Valves, Tank, and Duct Flows

    • Feed systems/fluid management technology; fluid controls, sensors, pressurization, space vehicle servicing, control and health monitoring, on-orbit gauging, and materials compatibility
    • CFD/experimental investigations of high pressure gas and cryogenic liquid valves for liquid rocket feed system. Flow instabilities that result in valve chatter, valve sticking, and high dynamic actuation loads are of particular interest.
    • Modeling of cryogenic storage tanks including tank pressurization, tank sloshing, and mixing of high temperature gas with cryogenic liquids
    • Studies addressing interaction and coupling between system components in liquid rocket feed systems (inlet feed ducts, cavitating venturis, orifices, valves, etc.)

    Modeling and Simulation of Liquid Rocket Engines and Propulsion Systems

    • Liquid rocket fluid dynamics, chemical kinetics, interactions of fluid dynamics with combustion, engine/system modeling
    • Flow and combustion performance and stability including propellant injection phenomena, combustion stability, injector-chamber coupling, faceplate compatibility, and alternative fuels
    Solid Rocket Propulsion Sessions
    Organizers: C.W. Rousseau
    Denel (Pty) Ltd.
    Rob Black
    Gencorp Aerojet

    • Air-launched tactical missile propulsion
    • Surface/ground-launched tactical propulsion
    • Commercial-launched vehicle propulsion
    • Space-launched vehicle propulsion
    • Space storable solids
    • Strategic propulsion
    • Divert and attitude control propulsion Missile interceptor propulsion
    • Safety, health, and environmental issues
    • Rocket motor demilitarization and propellant and ingredient reclamation, reuse, and disposal
    • Propellant hazards classification: procedures and practices for safe handling, transportation and storage
    • Insensitive munitions technology, including advanced cases, active and passive mitigation concepts, and advanced propellants
    • Propellant development
    • Analysis and evaluation, including internal ballistics prediction, combustion, precision and accuracy, internal flow field assessment, heat transfer, structural/material response, particle impingement on insulation and nozzle, crack/de-bond propagation, performance, and energy management
    • Solid rocket combustion instability
    • Safety, reliability, and maintainability
    • Materials and component technology relating to nozzles, igniters, safe/arm devices, TVC, and gas generators
    • Lessons learned in rocket design, manufacture, qualification, static test, and flight programs
    • Composite case technology
    • Advanced nozzle technology: advanced composite materials, materials processing, quality control and assurance
    • Innovative ignition systems
    • Multi-pulse solid rocket motors
    • Propellant and motor temperature sensitivity
    • Development/production cost reduction, including modeling and analysis
    • Nondestructive diagnostic evaluation of motors or components
    • Innovative approaches to qualification of solid rocket motor design
    • Solid rocket motor aging evaluation
    • Solid rocket motor failure and accident investigations
    • Solid rocket motor history
    • University initiatives/programs in solid rocket propulsion
    • Health monitoring systems for solid rocket motors
    • Future technologies
    • Solid rocket propulsion for crewed vehicle systems
    • Controllable solid propulsion/thrust management

    Space and Earth-to-Orbit Vehicle Systems Sessions
    Organizer: Miroslav Sir
    The Aerospace Corporation

    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 and Supporting Propulsion Technologies (JPC)

     Organizer: James Chenoweth

    Combustion Research and Flow Technology Inc.

    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 (contact the above organizer for more information).

    • 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

    Papers are requested describing recent developments in: 


    1. 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); 
    2. new seal design concepts and sealing approaches showing promise of meeting performance requirements; 
    3. methods for seal design and predicting seal performance under service conditions; 
    4. coupled techniques (experimental or analytical) to assess the interaction between the seal, cavity, and main flows; 
    5. test results demonstrating concept feasibility under simulated/actual conditions, and description of novel test rigs used to evaluate seal concept performance; and 
    6. seal material advancements, including improved materials for low wear and long life and seal tribological evaluations

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    Terrestrial Electricity Delivery and Grid Reliability (IECEC)


    Transmission, Distribution, and Utilization

    Electric transmission and distribution technology
    High temperature superconductivity

    • Power cables
    • Transformers
    • Motors
    • Generators
    • Fault current limiters

    Control systems security
    Cryogenic systems
    Distributed generation
    Efficient utilization of electricity
    Electromagnetic compatibility
    Operation and control
    Power quality
    Utility power electronics
    Transmission congestion studies
    Grid Reliability
    Reliability technology
    High temperature superconductivity
    Fault current limiters
    Renewable and distributed systems
    Smart grid applications and systems
    Demand response
    Applications of Nanotechnology for Terrestrial Electricity Delivery and Grid Reliability
    Policy, Environmental, and Historical Perspectives of Terrestrial Electricity Delivery and Grid Reliability

    Terrestrial Energy-Efficient and Renewable Energy Systems (IECEC)

     Energy Efficiency

    • Buildings (commercial and residential)
    • Appliances
    • Building equipment
    • Building energy codes
    • Solid state lighting
    • Homes
    • Energy efficient houses
    • Energy efficient multi-family buildings
    • Transportation (ground vehicles)
    • Industry
    • Boiler and steam systems
    • Combustion
    • Compressed air
    • Data centers
    • Distributed energy
    • Fuel and feedstock flexibility
    • Motors, fans and pumps
    • Process heating and energy intensive processes
    • Sensors and controllers
    • Government
    • Federal government facilities
    • State government facilities
    • Local government facilities


    Renewable Energy

    • Biomass
    • Geothermal
    • Hydropower
    • Solar (photovoltaic cells; solar thermal; solar water heating; solar desalination)
    • Wind
    • Hydrogen
    • Ammonia


    Mobile and Military Power Systems

    • Marine energy systems
    • Electric ship components and systems
    • Advanced naval power systems
    • Transportable military power
    • Small portable power design

    Applications of Nanotechnology for Terrestrial Energy-Efficient and Renewable Energy Systems
    Policy, Environmental and Historical Perspectives of Terrestrial Energy- Efficient and Renewable Energy Systems

    Terrestrial Fossil Energy Systems (IECEC)


    • Coal
    • Natural gas
    • Oil
    • Gas from methane hydrate, shale, and deepwater regions

    Clean Coal and Natural Gas Power Systems

    • Combustion
    • Advanced designs
    • Microcombustors
    • Waste fuels
    • Opportunity fuels
    • Pollution
    • Chemical kinetics
    • Diagnostics
    • Modeling, simulation, and analysis
    • Carbon capture and storage
    • Gasification
    • Combustion turbines
    • Carbon sequestration 



    Applications of Nanotechnology for Terrestrial Fossil Energy Systems

    Policy, Environmental and Historical Perspectives of Terrestrial Fossil Energy Systems

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    Terrestrial Nuclear Energy Systems (IECEC)



    • Energy producing plasmas
    • Inertial fusion reactors
    • Magnetic fusion reactors 



    • Advanced modeling and simulation
    • Advanced reactor concepts
    • Fuel cycle research and development
    • Gas cooled reactors
    • Generation IV nuclear energy systems
    • Global nuclear fuel assurance
    • Instrumentation and controls
    • International nuclear energy policy and cooperation
    • Light water reactor sustainability
    • Nuclear hydrogen
    • Systems engineering and integration
    • Thermal hydraulics
    • Transmutation
    • Used nuclear fuel disposition research and development 

    Fusion-Fission Hybrids

    Applications of Nanotechnology for Terrestrial Nuclear Energy Systems

    Policy, Environmental, and Historical Perspectives of Terrestrial Nuclear Energy Systems

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    Thermal Management Technology (IECEC)

    Micro Chemical and Thermal Systems (Micro CATS)

    Heat Transfer and Transport

    • Advanced materials
    • Heat exchangers
    • Heat pipes, loop heat pipes, and capillary pumped loops
    • Phase change heat transfer
    • Spray Cooling

    Thermal Energy Storage (TES)

    • Advanced materials
    • TES applications and issues

    Thermal Systems and Components

    • Cooling electronic components
    • Cryogenic cooler systems
    • High conductivity thermal straps
    • Modeling, simulation, and analysis of thermal systems
    • Thermoelectric cooling
    • Power systems cooling
    • Solar collector thermal design
    • Thermal control coatings
    • Thermal interface materials
    • Thermal testing
    • Variable emittance electrochromatic devices

    Thermal System Applications and Unique Environments

    • Aircraft
    • Building heating and cooling
    • Fuel cell thermal management
    • Ground vehicle thermal management
    • Lunar/Martian surface and deep space applications
    • Missiles
    • Spacecraft
    • Thermal control of machinery and electronics
    • Waste heat utilization

    Applications of Nanotechnology for Thermal Management Technology

    Policy, Environmental, and Historical Perspectives of Thermal Management Technology