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Aerospace Engineering Research

Modern aerospace engineering encompasses so much more than simply aeronautics and astronautics. Aerospace engineering is constantly evolving and focusing on new research thrusts stretching the imagination of researchers and students alike.

Research Fields

The study of Aerodynamics and Propulsion develops numerical and experimental methods and takes advantage of unique facilities to create new concepts and new understanding involving the motion and control of fluid flows and combustion phenomena for applications related to aviation, space and energy conversion.

Dynamics and Control studies analytical and computational methods, autonomous stability and control, controls, design, optimization, dynamics, guidance, human factors, human space flight systems, robotic systems, space situational awareness, systems, tensegrity and unmanned air vehicles.

Materials and Structures studies computational mechanics, damping, experimental solid mechanics, mechanics of composite materials, high temperature materials, meta materials, multifunctional materials, nano-mechanics, space suit design, structural design and optimization and wave propagation.

Systems, Design and Human Integration performs research related to human spaceflight and operations. Their focus includes Extravehicular Activity suit modeling and design optimization, human factors and performance, and effects of partial or variable gravity on fluid physics, heat and mass transfer, and human physiological systems.

Featured Research

Using complex simulations, Texas A&M University researchers have shown that S-shaped-memory metal fillers inserted into the front edge of airplane wings can reduce noise generated during landing. These materials will automatically deploy into shape during descent, then recess back into the wing after landing.

Dr. Mohammad Naraghi and a team of researchers will receive funding from the U.S. Army Research Office to explore the mechanics of multidimensional hybrid nanomaterials for protective armor applications.

Inspired by the ancient art of origami, Texas A&M University researchers have created satellite antennas that can be stored flat, and when needed, deployed into the common bowl-like shape.