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    AIAA Foundation Selects Three Teams to Compete in Undergraduate Engine Design Competition
    August 1 Competition Also Co-Sponsored by ASME and IGTI

    June 25, 2012 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation (AIAA Foundation) has selected three teams to compete at the AIAA, ASME, International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) Undergraduate Engine Design Competition on Wednesday, August 1. The event is being held in conjunction with the 48th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit and the 10th International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, July 29–August 1 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Atlanta, Ga.

    Teams selected for the competition are:

    • Team Jayhawk-Jet-120, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.

    • Team J2SER, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.

    • Team Kuzgun-TurkJet-1, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

    The competition will take place on Wednesday, August 1 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Regency V room. The winning team will receive $2,500, the second place team will receive $1,500, and the third place team will receive $1,000.

    This year’s design competition challenged teams to develop an engine for a half-scale model of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, capable of delivering up to 300 hp of auxiliary power. Students were also asked to explore modes of operation for different segments of the flight, as well as the effects of high external loads on engine operability, and to propose techniques for solving problems presented by the load factors.

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