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    43rd AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit

    44th AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference
    44th AIAA Thermophysics Conference
    31st AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference
    21st AIAA Computational Fluid Dynamics Conference
    5th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference
    AIAA Ground Testing Conference

    43rd AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit

    Papers are solicited in the areas of experimental, theoretical, and computational fluid dynamics relevant to aerospace applications, including basic research and development, applied research, and advanced technology development. Papers that present new insights into flow physics, introduce innovative applications, address emerging technical areas, or combine experimental, computational, and/or theoretical approaches are strongly encouraged. Authors who have recognized expertise in a particular area and are interested in writing a comprehensive review are encouraged to contact the track chair.

    Potential subject areas include, but are not limited to:

    Fundamental Fluid Flows
    • Hypersonic and chemically-reacting flows
    • Turbomachinery, combustion and internal flows
    • Cross-disciplinary fluid dynamics involving aero-optics, fluid/structure interactions, micro- and nano-fluidics, multi-material flows, and multiphase flows
    • High-speed turbulent flows

    Flow Control
    • Active, passive, and closed-loop approaches
    • Reduced-order modeling methods
    • Sensors and actuators

    Boundary-Layer Transition
    • Low- and high-speed flows
    • Roughness effects
    • Control methods

    Other Areas of Fluid Dynamics
    In addition, sessions are planned in the following areas of interest:
    • Turbulence: including free-shear, wall-bounded, and high-speed flows
    • Shock-dominated flows: including shock boundary-layer interactions
    • Low Reynolds-number flows: including biologically-inspired flight
    • Wing aerodynamics: including deformable wings and flapping wings

    Authors should indicate under which of the above topics they prefer their paper to be included. In 2013, the Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit will be held in conjunction with the Computational Fluid Dynamics Conference, among others. The technical areas of these two conferences overlap and multiple joint sessions are anticipated. Authors whose papers primarily address computational aspects of fluid mechanics are encouraged to consider the Computational Fluid Dynamics Conference for abstract submission.


    Please direct questions to:
    Fluid Dynamics Technical Program Chair
    LaTunia Pack Melton, NASA Langley Research Center
    Phone: 757.864.1618

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    44th AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference

    Papers are solicited describing basic and/or applied R&D in the areas of plasmadynamics and lasers. Contributions from theoretical, numerical, and/or experimental studies are
    welcomed, with special consideration given to works combining contemporary theoretical/computational analyses with experimental verification/validation. Papers reporting
    milestone R&D and/or engineering achievements related to the application of plasma and laser technologies in aerospace systems are of special interest. Authors interested in writing a comprehensive review of the current state of the art and/or historical perspectives are also desired. Potential topic areas include, but are not limited to:
    Plasma and Laser Physics: Including fundamental processes, laboratory plasma generation and characterization, experimental research or methods, plasma
    chemistry and kinetics, non-equilibrium reacting flows, and advances in theory and/or computational simulation methods
    Space Plasma Physics and Applications: Including spacecraft-plasma interactions, space laser applications, and space experiments
    Laser Devices and Systems: Including the physics, engineering, and application of high-energy lasers, chemical lasers, electric lasers, laser material interaction, laser optics, and fluid-optic interactions

    • Highly Energetic Plasma Systems: Including the physics, engineering, and application of high-power gas discharge and plasma generation devices, arc-heater technology, explosively-generated plasma applications, compact pulse power, and high temperature systems and environments
    • Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD): Including MHD power generation and propulsion technologies, terrestrial and aerospace systems applications, combustion plasma methods, innovative non-equilibrium plasma techniques, nuclear MHD systems, electromagnetic fluid interaction and characterization, fundamental processes, and theoretical and/or computational simulation methods
    • Plasma and Laser Propulsion: Including innovative and efficient plasma formation and acceleration approaches, high power thruster concepts, electrode erosion issues, electrodeless discharge mechanisms, modeling of fundamental processes, experimental performance characterization, and beamed energy propulsion
    • Plasma Materials Processing and Environmental Applications: Including exhaust gas treatment, remediation, and hazardous materials disposal
    • Advanced Diagnostics: Including the development and utilization of laser-based diagnostics, flow field characterization methods, and plasma diagnostics
    • Weakly Ionized Plasma Physics and Aerospace Applications: Including plasma actuators for aerodynamic flow control, and plasma-assisted combustion
    • Fluid-Optics Interactions: Including the propagation of laser beams through the atmosphere and the effects of aerodynamics on the transmission of laser beams
    • Fusion Energy Science: Including emerging confinement concepts for terrestrial or in-space power or propulsion, experimental programs, enabling technologies, instrumentation and diagnostic development, computational or theoretical modeling, and mission analysis


    Papers concerning dual-use technologies, which address non-aerospace issues of major public concern, such as energy, environment, and medicine are strongly encouraged.
    Suggestions for invited papers and joint sessions are also welcome. Students are strongly encouraged to present papers on their research at this meeting. An accepted paper whose principal author is a student and is delivered by that student will be considered for a “Best Student Paper Award.” Please identify the principal author as a student (graduate or undergraduate student) at the time the abstract is submitted. Comprehensive abstracts that state the purpose and scope of the work, outline the methods used, and identify relevant contributions, including figures and preliminary results, are recommended for accurate evaluation.



    Please direct questions to:
    Plasmadynamics and Lasers Technical Program Chair
    Nicholas Bisek, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
    Phone: 937.255.2061


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    44th AIAA Thermophysics Conference
    The Thermophysics Technical Committee solicits abstracts of papers on topics in thermophysics and heat transfer. Papers are solicited on topics related to all aspects of thermal energy, heat transfer, and aerospace applications therein. Contributions related to analytical, numerical and/or experimental studies are welcomed. Scientific and technical contributions are emphasized, rather than status reports on work in progress. Areas of specific interest include, but are not limited to:


    • Ablation
    • Aerothermodynamics
    • Aircraft and spacecraft thermal management
    • Computational heat transfer
    • Cryogenics and cryogenic systems
    • Direct simulation Monte Carlo methods
    • Electronic and microelectronic thermal management
    • Heat exchangers
    • Heat pipes
    • Heat transfer: conduction, convection, phase change, and radiation
    • Heat transfer and cooling in turbomachinery
    • High-speed flows
    • Historical perspectives in thermophysics research
    • Hypersonic and low density facilities
    • Microgravity effects on thermal management systems
    • Microgravity testing for aerospace applications
    • Missile thermal management
    • Molecular dynamics simulations
    • Multiphase flows
    • Nonequilibrium flows
    • Nonequilibrium radiation
    • Nonintrusive diagnostics
    • Particle-laden flow modeling and measurement
    • Plumes and combustion
    • Power systems
    • Propulsion
    • Radiation analyses and surface properties
    • Rarified flows
    • Space environmental effects
    • Spacecraft contamination
    • Surface catalysis
    • Test facility diagnostics and instrumentation
    • Thermal challenges in lunar or planetary exploration
    • Thermal contact conductance
    • Thermal control
    • Thermal protection systems
    • Thermophysical properties
    • Turbulent flow and heat transfer
    • Others (please specify)


    Emerging Topics:
    • Continuum methods for transition to rarefied flows
    • Entropy generation minimization and the Second Law
    • Integrated and multidisciplinary modeling and simulation
    • MEMS and nanotechnologies
    • Metamaterials
    • Micro-scale heat transfer and microfluidics
    • Wireless thermal measurements


    Authors should indicate under which of the above topics they prefer their paper to be included. Abstracts should be submitted electronically to AIAA as directed in the general instructions for this Call for Papers. Potential authors should note that the submission of full manuscripts for consideration is encouraged. However, at a reduced chance of acceptance, authors can submit extended abstracts with a minimum word count as identified in the Abstract Submittal Guidelines that also include major results of the work backed by illustrative figures. A few succinct data figures that clearly show actual results are mandatory. Submissions not meeting these criteria will not be considered for acceptance. Authors are expected to attend the conference and present their papers. 


    Thermophysics Conference sessions will be coordinated with the co-located Applied Aerodynamics, Fluid Dynamics, Plasmadynamics and Lasers, and Atmospheric and Space Environments conferences. Authors with multiple submissions to these meetings are advised to alert the relevant Technical Program Chairs via email in order to minimize any scheduling
    conflicts. Each year, the Thermophysics Technical Committee selects a best paper award for both the Professional and Student Categories (with the student receiving a monetary award). Student submissions are strongly encouraged. Also, timely survey and review articles on the above topics are solicited. Authors are encouraged to submit their manuscripts, either before or after the meeting, to the AIAA Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer for possible publication.


    Please direct questions to:
    Thermophysics Technical Program Chair
    Patrick Yee, The Aerospace Corporation

    Phone: 310.336.0292


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    31st AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference

    The Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee is soliciting papers on topics related to aerodynamic design, vehicle aerodynamics, and aerodynamic phenomena, including, but
    not limited to:

    • Unsteady aerodynamics
    • Vortical/vortex flow
    • High angle-of-attack and high lift aerodynamics
    • Transonic and supersonic aerodynamics
    • Recent hypersonic vehicle and aerodynamic advances
    • Sonic boom mitigation
    • Low speed, low Reynolds number aerodynamics
    • Bio-inspired aerodynamics
    • Unmanned and solar powered aerial vehicle designs/tests
    • Airfoil/wing/configuration aerodynamics
    • Weapons aerodynamics: missile/projectile/guided-munitions, carriage and store separation
    • Innovative aerodynamic concepts and designs
    • Aerodynamic and multidisciplinary design and optimization methods
    • Wind tunnel and flight testing aerodynamics
    • Active and passive flow control
    • Aerodynamic-structural dynamics interaction
    • Applied CFD with correlation to experimental data
    • Propeller/rotorcraft/wind turbine aerodynamics
    • VSTOL/STOL aerodynamics
    • Icing or roughness effects on vehicle aerodynamics
    • Environmentally friendly and efficient aerodynamics and enabling technology
    • Other topics in applied aerodynamics


    Authors should indicate under which of the above topics they prefer their paper to be included.


    Please direct questions to:
    Applied Aerodynamics Technical Co-Chairs

    Kenrick Waithe, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
    Chunhua Sheng, University of Toledo
    Li Wang, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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    21st AIAA Computational Fluid Dynamics Conference

     The 21st AIAA Computational Fluid Dynamics Conference is being held in conjunction
    with the 43rd AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference to enable close synergism and interaction among a broad range of research disciplines in fluid dynamics. The CFD Conference will feature the 5th AIAA CFD Student Paper Competition (see details below). The Fluid Dynamics and the Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments (MVCE) Technical Committees solicit papers covering all aspects of computational fluid dynamics particularly relevant to aerospace applications. Topics may range from basic research and development to applied and advanced technology. Contributions describing advances in the development of computational methods, in-depth reviews and timely surveys are sought. Of particular interest are papers dealing with interdisciplinary topics in which CFD plays a predominant role. Also considered will be state-of-the-art applications that significantly challenge current CFD capabilities and give insight to algorithm and methodology characteristics. As in past conferences, the major emphasis of the conference will be on new or improved algorithms and implementations for the computational analysis of fluid dynamics problems. Technical topics and categories include, but are not limited to, the following:
    Grid generation and geometry definition for complex configurations

    • Solution adaptive grid techniques
    • Numerical algorithms for inviscid and viscous flows, including both continuum approaches (finite volume, finite-element, etc.) and particle methods (lattice-Boltzmann, direct simulation Monte Carlo, etc.)
    • Numerical methods and convergence acceleration
    • Effects of grid quality on solution accuracy
    • Numerical error estimation and uncertainty quantification in CFD
    • High-order methods
    • Shock capturing schemes (including high-order methods designed to capture shocks)
    • Numerical treatment of boundary conditions, including immersed boundary methods
    • Lagrangian and vortex methods
    • Parallel computing
    • Unsteady flow computation
    • Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) models of turbulence
    • Large-eddy simulation (LES), direct numerical simulation (DNS), and hybrid RANS/LES methods
    • High-speed and chemically reacting flows
    • Multi-phase flows
    • Design optimization techniques that require extensive CFD and coupling/linkage methods
    • Interdisciplinary methods including CFD (flow control, fluid-structure interaction, fluidthermal interaction, etc.)
    • Scientific visualization, data mining and simulation data analysis techniques


    The program will consist of invited and contributed papers. Authors interested in writing a comprehensive review are encouraged to contact the Technical Program Chair by the
    submission deadline to schedule a half-hour or hour-long presentation. Final manuscripts will be included in the conference proceedings.


    Please direct questions to:
    Computational Fluid Dynamics Technical Program Chair
    H.T. Huynh, NASA Glenn Research Center
    Phone: 216.433.5852


    5th AIAA CFD Student Paper Competition
    The 5th AIAA CFD Student Paper Competition provides students the opportunity to share their work on CFD study and research. Participation is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an engineering or scientific discipline at an accredited college or university. Each participant must be a student at the time the abstract is submitted. For an accepted abstract, a final paper is required. The student must be the major contributor and the first author of the final paper, and make the presentation of the paper at the conference. Awards are based on a combination of the extended abstract (initial screening), the final conference paper, and the presentation. Criteria for judging include the work’s importance in advancing the state of the art; the technical approach; rationale; sufficient and consistent results; verification and validation; what was learned; as well as presentation and paper style, clarity, and format. The student(s) must write the paper and prepare the presentation slides themselves. A cash prize of $600 will be awarded to the first place winner, $300 to second place, and $150 to third place. The results will be announced after the CFD Conference. Certificates and checks will be mailed to the winners. All submissions must meet submission deadlines for the CFD Conference given in the general information section of this Call for Papers. Entrants should select the appropriate technical topic listed in this CFD Conference call, and must select “Student Paper Competition” as the presentation type upon submission. Please also
    note that the paper is a Student Paper Competition Entry on the title page. The papers submitted to the CFD Student Paper Competition will be presented in
    regular technical sessions with other papers in their topic area. Student Paper Competition entries will be treated as regular AIAA conference papers in
    the conference proceedings and will be archived as
    AIAA papers.

    All authors for both the CFD Conference and the CFD Student Paper Competition should indicate under which of the above topics they prefer their paper to be included. Abstracts should be submitted electronically to AIAA as directed in the general instructions for this Call for Papers. Please note that the extended abstract minimum word count is identified in the Abstract Submittal Guidelines at the end of this Call for Papers.

    Sessions will be coordinated with the Applied Aerodynamics, Atmospheric and Space Environments, Fluid Dynamics, Plasmadynamics and Lasers, and Thermophysics conferences that are co-located with the Computational Fluid Dynamics Conference. Authors with multiple submissions to these meetings should alert the relevant technical chairs via email in order to minimize any scheduling


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    5th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference

    Papers are sought that provide the aerospace community (aviation, rockets, launch vehicles, and spacecraft) with scientific and technical information concerning interactions between aerospace systems and the atmospheric/space/planetary environment. In addition, new or refined information improving the basic understanding of the atmosphere, space, planets, or their applications to aviation and aerospace vehicle design and operations issues is solicited. Atmospheric and Space Environments includes the areas of:


    • Aircraft Icing: Aerodynamic degradation (including rain effects, etc.); certification policies and procedures; computational modeling; flight and ground testing; techniques and facilities; ice protection systems and sensors; ice accretion physics and scaling; ground de-icing; icing education and training, icing environment characterization including in-situ measurements, remote sensing, and forecasting.
    • Atmospheric Environment: Development and implementation of environmental models in aviation and space vehicle design including operations within the atmosphere and orbital environment.
    • Aircraft Wake Vortex Technology: Observations; modeling; atmospheric effects; operational implementation to optimize traffic rates and flight safety.
    • Atmospheric Dynamics: Meso- and micro-scale modeling and observations to characterize the nature of aviation weather hazards and their expected time, location, and intensity more accurately.
    • Aviation Weather Accident Prevention: Present safety statistics as well as improved concepts for measurement, prediction, and display systems for icing, turbulence, wind shear, wake vortices, hail, lightning, low ceiling, and visibility hazards.
    • Green Aviation: Assessment of the impacts of aviation on climate and air quality; improvements in environmental observations and models to quantify and monitor environmental impact; atmospheric radiation, chemistry and contrail studies; environmental impacts of improved and alternative designs for airframes, propulsion systems and fuels.
    • Meteorological Applications to Aerospace Operations: Basic design criteria and design verification; day of launch procedures; launch commit criteria; economic impact of weather information on operations; severe storms; communication weather information to flight crews; improved techniques for extrapolation and shortterm forecasting; and cloud-free line-of-sight observations and forecasting. Additional topics include the upper atmospheric environment, space weather and atmospheric ionizing radiation, and range meteorology.
    • Space-, Aircraft-, and Ground-Based Measurement Systems: Earth observing systems including measurements, monitoring, modeling, and assessment; data and information systems requirements for global climate change research; remote sensing of land and oceans; remote and in-situ sensors for tropospheric, stratospheric, mesospheric, and thermospheric investigations; evaluation of advanced instrument concepts; and sensor evaluation including performance, calibration, validation, and verification.
    • Environment Standards: Reference and standard atmosphere and other environment model developments for aviation and space vehicle design and operations within the Earth’s atmosphere, including on-orbit environment.
    • Meteoroid and Debris Environment: Description of on-orbit and deep space meteoroid and debris model developments, applications, and effects on satellites and spacecraft relative to technical, programmatic, and political issues.
    • Space Environment: Plasma, neutral, and radiation environments in the magnetosphere, ionosphere, and the Van Allen radiation belts; correlation between space weather and troposphere weather; impacts of space weather on space systems and on climate; space environment ground or flight experiments. Planetary space, surface, and atmospheric environments are also of interest.
    • On-Orbit Spacecraft–Environmental Interactions: Interactions of spacecraft and the on-orbit environment. Environments of interest include the environment in the absence of the spacecraft (i.e., natural) and the induced neutral and charged environments. 
    • Spacecraft Charging: Collection of charged particles on spacecraft surfaces and within non-conductive materials. The topic includes anomalous behavior due to induced electric fields, electrostatic discharges, material interactions, and fault mitigation strategies.
    • Natural environment definitions for space vehicle design and development.
    • Surface Environments of Planets, Moons, Asteroids, and Comets: Characterization of the environments of the surface of planets, moons, asteroids, and comets as well as their ground-based simulation. This includes descriptions of the dust, electrostatic fields, radiation environment, and the like. Of particular interest are effects on spacecraft, rovers, habitats, and other human and robotic exploration systems and methods to mitigate those effects.

    Other areas of atmospheric environment pertinent to aircraft and aerospace vehicle applications are also welcome.

    Abstracts should be submitted electronically to AIAA as directed in the general instructions for this Call for Papers. An abstract of at least 1,000 words, with key figures and references to pertinent publications in the existing literature, is required. Authors must clearly identify in the abstract new or significant aspects of their work. The submission of a draft of the paper instead of an abstract is encouraged. The draft paper should include key figures that illustrate the primary intent of the author’s message. Dummy figures are acceptable if final data are not available, provided that final data will be submitted with the manuscript. The review and acceptance process will be weighted in favor of those
    authors submitting more relevant documentation of their proposed papers. The length of the final paper should be appropriate for a conference paper—not a major project, final report, or final thesis.

    Please direct questions to:
    Atmospheric and Space Environments Technical Co-Chairs:
    Marcia Politivich, National Center for Atmospheric Research
    Phone: 303.497.8449

    Nelson W. Green, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Phone: 818.393.6323


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    AIAA Ground Testing Conference

    The Ground Testing Technical Committee (GTTC) solicits abstracts of proposed papers for the Ground Testing Conference. We encourage submission of paper abstracts for research related to all aspects of the science, technology, and application of ground testing and aerodynamic measurements, from basic research, to measurements for understanding complex flows, to facility development, to system test and evaluation, to sustainment and advancement of capabilities. The following are general areas where papers are sought: 1) measurement and testing technology research and development; 2) advances in ground test capability; 3) operations and policy; and 4) ground test facilities infrastructure sustainment. Papers that address the interface between measurement and testing, such as the transfer of advanced diagnostics from research laboratories to test facilities and the lessons learned, are encouraged. A more detailed description of these four general areas of interest is:

    Measurement and Testing Technology Research and Development in Support of Ground Testing

    • Advances in non-intrusive methods of flow property and chemistry measurements
    • Advances in surface measurement techniques for boundary layer transition, skin friction, heat transfer, and surface temperature and pressure
    • Development and application of MEMS-based measurement technology
    • Miniaturization of aerodynamic probes
    • Development of techniques for acquiring multiple flow properties
    • Improvements in uncertainty analysis for advanced diagnostic techniques
    • Development of new experimental methods
    • Presentation of work in progress and/or completed work directed to new techniques
    • Transition from laboratory to test facility

    Advances in Ground Test Capability
    • Development of new and/or improved facilities and associated systems
    • Advances in measurement techniques and calibration methodology
    • Improvements in flow quality
    • Projecting of requirements
    • Innovations in experiment design and post-test analysis
    • Development of automation sciences applications
    • Integration of modeling and simulation
    • Improvements in ground test support and integration
    • Developments in test facility and data networking

    Operations and policy
    • Personnel and their skills
    • Organization, economic considerations, metrics
    • Transition process to new measurement techniques
    • Working relationships and alliances, industry/government/academia interface
    • Test process improvement, standardization
    • Safety and environmental compliance issues
    • Communications and data transfer, information security
    • Agency policies

    Ground Test Facilities Infrastructure Sustainment
    • Integrated operations and maintenance
    • Consolidation of existing ground test facilities
    • Best practices in maintenance and capability sustainment
    • Prioritization and work selection process with limited budgets
    • Strategic investment planning

    In keeping with the multidisciplinary nature of this Call for Papers, there will be several sessions held in conjunction with the other co-located conferences (e.g., Fluid Dynamics). For these sessions, papers are sought in any areas where the conferences have overlapping interests, but the following areas are of particular interest:

    Fluid Dynamics

    • The use of large data sets from modern measurement techniques to provide greater insight into the dynamics of fluid motion
    • Survey papers describing aspects of experimental techniques important to the CFD community
    • Survey papers describing aspects of computational methods important to experimentalists assessing and utilizing CFD results.

    Information pertaining to the above broad categories for measurement of data, testing peculiar to any speed range (low speed to hypervelocity), and for any type of ground test will be considered. Sessions will be organized within the above broad categories according to discipline and speed range, depending on the response to this call for papers. The sessions will include invited papers as well as contributed presentations. The Ground Test Technical Committee will award certificates for the best papers in the ground test sessions, based on feedback from the session chairs.

    Please direct questions to:
    Ground Test Technical Chair
    Victor A. Canacci, Jacobs Technology, Inc.
    NASA Glenn Research Center
    Phone: 216.433.6222


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