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AHPCRC Bulletin: Summer 1994 - Volume 4 Number 4

AHPCRC News Briefs

AHPCRC Team Visits ARL to Attend Technical Exchange Meetings

Charles Nietubicz (ARL) and Tayfun Tezduyar (AHPCRC)
A group of AHPCRC faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students visited ARL on November 4, 1994 to participate in the technical exchange meetings. The AHPCRC visiting team members were Tayfun Tezduyar, Paul Muzio, Graham Candler, Jeff Derby, Shahrouz Aliabadi, Marek Behr, Andrew Johnson, and Chris Waters. The purpose of these meetings was to review some of the ongoing AHPCRC-ARL projects, to expand the collaborative work between the AHPCRC and ARL to additional areas of interest to ARL, and to have more AHPCRC and ARL researchers involved in such collaborative work.

The discussions on November 4 started with a general meeting with introductory remarks by ARL researchers Harold Breaux, Charles Nietubicz and Walter Sturek, and AHPCRC Director, Tayfun Tezduyar. These remarks were followed by brief technical overviews from ARL researchers Kent Kimsey, George Adams, Steve Schraml, Mike Unekis, Paul Weinacht, Jubaraj Sahu, Mike Nusca, Gloria Wren, and Kurt Fickie. These overviews gave a chance to the AHPCRC team to learn more about the ongoing projects at ARL. After these presentations, the AHPCRC and ARL researchers discussed the organizational aspects of the planned AHPCRC-ARL Joint Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics and Structural Mechanics. [ Note: This conference was held at ARL on 14-16 December 1994, and an article on this conference will appear in the next issue of the AHPCRC Bulletin.]

Following the formal presentations, the AHPCRC and ARL researchers spent the rest of the day at breakout sessions dedicated to discussions on parallel platforms, mesh generation, computational aerodynamics, scientific visualization, and advanced manufacturing. At these sessions, the AHPCRC and ARL researchers had more detailed discussions on identifying additional areas of future collaborations and carrying out the objectives of such collaborations.

New AHPCRC Academic Partners

Two new academic partners, Clark Atlanta University and Florida A&M University have joined the Center. We would like to welcome them and look forward to rewarding and productive collaborations.
Clark Atlanta University
Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is a member of an Atlanta consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities called the Atlanta University Center (AUC). The AUC is a consortium of six private institutions located on contiguous campuses in Atlanta.

The AUC consortium, with a total enrollment of over 12,600, affords the students many of the opportunities and resources available only in a large university setting, while at the same time providing a nurturing environment characteristic of small colleges.

CAU is comprised of the School of Arts and Science, Business Education, Library and Information Studies, International Affairs and Development, and School of Social Work. CAU offers 40 undergraduate degree programs and 49 graduate and doctoral degree programs.

Florida A&M University
Florida A&M University (FAMU), founded in 1887, is one of the three oldest universities in the nine-institution Florida State University system. It is a land grant institution that is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

FAMU is organized into twelve colleges and schools, and offers baccalaureate degrees in 63 fields, master's in 18, and doctoral's in 4 fields (pharmaceutical sciences and chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering). FAMU has an enrollment of 9,500 students in its undergraduate and graduate degree programs. African Americans comprise 88% of the current student population.

AHPCRC Researchers Visit Yuma Proving Grounds and Natick RD&E Center

As part of a study of the finite element modeling of the aerodynamics of large gliding parachutes, William Garrard (Professor and Head, Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics) and Tayfun Tezduyar were observers at the first flight test of the full scale parafoil which is to be an integral component of the Guided Precision Airdrop System (GPADS). The successful test was conducted at Yuma Proving Grounds on October 20, 1994. The gliding parachute used in the GPADS is the largest ever constructed, and Garrard, Tezduyar, and their associates at the AHPCRC are developing finite element models of the aerodynamics of the parachute during the critical opening phase. Observation of the flight test provided insights into modeling the phased opening of the para-chutes. After the flight test, Garrard and Tezduyar discussed the results of their research with Nancy Harrington of Natick RD&E Center, who is Natick Project Manager for the Program, and with William Wailes of Pioneer Recovery Systems, the contractor responsible for the design, manufacture, and testing of the parachute system.

On November 23, 1994, Garrard and Tezduyar presented the results of their research to Natick RD&E Center personnel, including Lt. Colonel David Faulkner, Acting Director of the Aero-Mechanical Lab, Richard Benney, Calvin Lee, Earl Steeves, and Gary Thibault, and Jagdish Chandra of ARO. After the presentation, informal discussions of the work were held with the Natick personnel.

A New Member of the AHPCRC Management Team

Ms. Anita Krause Anderson recently joined the AHPCRC management team as Special Assistant to the Director. Under the management restructuring, the functions previously performed by the Director, Executive Director, and Administrative Director are now being performed by the Director and Special Assistant to the Director. Anita has been working in fiscal and administrative management positions, mostly at University of Minnesota, and also in industry, since 1982.