10–12 July 2017
Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

Call for Papers


The AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum provides researchers and scientists the unique opportunity to share and collaborate on the latest research,theory and technology surrounding aerospace energy and propulsion systems today. Our presenters are active, cutting-edge, and thought-leaders in their fields. Again and again, we hear from our attendees that the greatest value they realize are the connections they make at this forum and the free-flow of innovative ideas that come with a focused gathering of their peers. We encourage you to present your work through the Call for Papers.


Important Information

  • Abstract Submission Opens: 13 October 2016
  • Abstract Submission Closed: 4 January 2017
  • Author Notification Letters Sent: 9 March 2017
  • Manuscript Deadline: 14 June 2017
  • Minimum Required Abstract Length: 1000 words minimum, 1500 words preferred, please see Abstract Submission Requirements
  • ITAR Sessions Update: ITAR-restricted sessions will be offered at the 2017 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum. Please review carefully the detailed AIAA ITAR abstract submission process as well as the ITAR registration requirements. Learn More
Policies Procedures Requirements

For 2017, we are soliciting papers in the following technical disciplines:

Go to: Additive Manufacturing for Propulsion Systems
Go to: Advanced Integrated Engine Controls and Intelligent Systems (AIECIS) 
Go to: Advanced Mechanical Components
Go to: Advanced Propulsion Concepts  
Go to: Advanced Vehicle Systems
Go to: Aircraft Electric Propulsion
Go to: Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange (CASE)
Go to: Electric Propulsion
Go to: Electricity Delivery and Grid Reliability
Go to: Energetic Components and Systems
Go to: Energy Conversion Device Technology
Go to: Energy-Efficient and Renewable Energy Technologies
Go to: Energy Storage
Go to: Fossil-Fuel Power Technologies
Go to: Gas Turbine Engines
Go to: High-Speed Air-Breathing Propulsion
Go to: Hybrid Rockets
Go to: Inlets, Nozzles, and Propulsion Systems Integration
Go to: International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) Topics
Go to: Liquid Propulsion
Go to: Nuclear and Future Flight Propulsion
Go to: Propellants and Combustion
Go to: Propulsion and Power of Unmanned Aerial Systems
Go to: Propulsion Education
Go to: Small Satellites
Go to: Solid Rockets
Go to: Spacecraft and Aircraft Power System Technologies
Go to: Thermal Management Technology

Additive Manufacturing for Propulsion Systems

Papers are requested describing recent developments in the use of additive manufacturing for propulsion systems for space vehicles and aircraft (man and unmanned). These sessions are sponsored by the ASME Propulsion Technical Committee.

  • System Concepts
  • System Level trades
  • Manufacturing technologies
  • Test results and feasibility under simulated/actual conditions
  • Lessons learned

Please direct questions to: Corinne Gatto
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Advanced Integrated Engine Controls and Intelligent Systems (AIECIS)

With the increased emphasis on aircraft safety, enhanced performance, affordability, and environmental considerations, there are many challenges facing the designers of aircraft propulsion systems. The government, aerospace industry, and academia must continue collaboration in developing advanced controls and health management technologies that will help address these challenges through the concept of Advanced Integrated Engine Controls, Adaptive Controls, and Intelligent Systems (AIECIS). AIECIS includes intelligent engine control (turbines, IC engines, hybrid-electric, etc.) along with vehicle control, power electronics control, thermal management control, and the notion a supervisory controller which manages the interactions between the systems and optimizes their configuration according to the mission. The key technology applications for an AIECIS are the increased efficiencies of components through active control and advanced diagnostics and prognostics integrated with intelligent engine control to enhance operational reliability and component life. A major enabler for AIECIS is distributed control with smart sensors and actuators in an adaptive fault tolerant architecture. The objective of AIECIS is to develop and validate advanced control system and health prognostics and diagnostics technologies that are critical to enhancing the safety, reliability and operability of aerospace systems.

  • Distributed Control Technology, Architecture, System Operation, Control Strategy, Transient Stability
  • Communication Bus, Databus, smart sensors and actuators, Flexible / Extensible Smart Components
  • Active control/ Adaptive Control, Centralized/Decentralized / Fault Tolerant Tracking Control
  • Hierarchical Architecture Software Design, Control Mode Selection Methodology, Reversionary Modes
  • Model-Predictive (Based) Control, Integrated Propulsion / engine Controls, Resilient Controls
  • Control Effectors, Transient/Dynamic Design / Analysis and Multivariable Transient Control
  • Advanced Diagnostics / Prognostics Engine Health Management, engine health monitoring,
  • Neural Networks, artificial neural networks, Artificial intelligence, Performance Optimization
  • High Temperature Electronics, FADEC, Smart Node, Data Concentrators, Supervisory Controllers
  • Integrated Propulsion Energy/Power/Thermal Management Systems/Controls/PHM/Weapon Systems
  • Fuel Systems, Autonomous Propulsion System, Intelligent Flight Control, Intelligent Aerospace
  • Intelligent/ Robust Sensor Network, Wireless Sensor Networking, Fiber Optic sensing / Communication

Please direct questions to: Al Behbahani
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Advanced Mechanical Components

Papers are requested describing recent developments in: system-level trade studies evaluating competing sealing approaches on the basis of performance metrics, new seal design concepts and sealing approaches showing promise, methods for seal design and predicting seal performance under service conditions; coupled techniques, test results demonstrating concept feasibility under simulated/actual conditions, and novel test rigs and seal material advancements. These sessions are sponsored by the ASME Propulsion Technical Committee.
  • System-level trade studies evaluating competing sealing approaches based on performance metrics
  • New seal design concepts and sealing approaches showing promise of meeting performance requirements
  • Methods for seal design and predicting seal performance under service conditions
  • Coupled techniques (exp. or analytical) to study interaction between the seal, cavity, and main flows
  • Descriptions of novel test rigs used to evaluate seal concept performance
  • Test results demonstrating concept feasibility under simulated/actual conditions
  • Seal material advancements to improve performance or extend life
  • Advanced Seal Technology

Please direct questions to: Patrick Dunlap
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Advanced Propulsion Concepts

Papers are sought in the area of unique propulsion systems for Earth-to-orbit launch systems, space systems, advanced compact systems, nano-propulsion systems, reciprocating systems, and lightweight aircraft engines. In the area of innovative approaches and advance conventional systems, papers are sought that show theoretical, computational, or experimental results; mission analysis; and instrumentation and diagnostic techniques. Papers on in-situ propellants for lunar or Mars missions should address propellant production, theoretical and experimental designs, and evaluations and analysis for current and future applications.

  • Unique Propulsion Systems
  • Innovative Approaches and Advanced Conventional Systems
  • In-Situ Propellants for Asteroid, Lunar or Mars Missions

Please direct questions to: John Robinson
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Advanced Vehicle Systems

Papers are solicited for advanced vehicle system concepts including small satellite launch vehicles. Papers covering the following: development status, and flight test results for innovative, advancing state-of-art, vehicle systems for atmospheric, trans-atmospheric, and space exploration vehicles (novel spacecraft concepts, flight experiments, etc.) systems. Papers on critical subsystem technologies that enable new missions are also welcomed, including but not limited to space power generation, storage, management & distribution (PMAD) systems, Robotic & autonomous systems (sensing, mobility, autonomy, autonomous rendezvous & docking (AR&D)), Deep space communication & tracking systems, Advanced habitat/ life support systems, In-situ resource utilization for propellant manufacturing, Abort/crew escape system, Critical vehicle thermal management systems. This session is sponsored by the ASME Propulsion Technical Committee.

  • Vehicle Systems for atmospheric, trans-atmospheric and space exploration
  • Small Satellite Launch Vehicle Systems
  • Critical enabling subsystem technologies
  • Space power generation, storage, management and distribution
  • Robotic and autonomous systems; Autonomous rendezvous and docking (AR&D) systems
  • Deep space communication and tracking systems
  • Advanced habitat/life support, in-situ resource utilization for propellant manufacturing systems
  • Abort/crew escape systems
  • Critical vehicle thermal management systems

Please direct questions to: Frank Chandler
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Aircraft Electric Propulsion

Papers are solicited that are related to the disciplines, components, and systems associated with electric propulsion for aircraft. Topics of interest include electric power generation, management, and distribution; enabling energy storage components; hybrid-electric & turboelectric architectures; fuel cells; thermal management; integration of engines with generators, electrical distribution systems, controllers, and aircraft propulsors; system studies related to specific challenges of the various aircraft size and power classes; and, aircraft architectures and operations enabled by electric power. Discussion of components particularly relevant to electrically powered of any other type of aircraft related vehicle are welcomed.

  • Aircraft architectures enabled by electric power propulsion approaches
  • Power challenges to various aircraft type (UAV, General Aviation, rotorcraft, single-aisle, etc.)
  • Flight-weight components, including motors, transmission lines, controllers, rectifiers, etc.
  • Electric power generation, control and distribution of aircraft propulsion systems resources
  • System integration, components and technologies relevant to electric propulsion
  • Energy storage devices for aircraft propulsion
  • Thermo-electric temperature control
  • Analytical modeling & numerical simulations

Please direct questions to: Chen Chuck
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Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange (CASE)

For the first time, the AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum will include the Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange (CASE), which started in 2012 to provide an avenue to address cross-discipline systems level topics associated with the ever increasing complexity of modern aerospace systems. Complexity, with respect to functionality and interconnections, introduces unpredictable behavior in the system. The goal of CASE will be to invite participation in exploring current topics relevant to the propulsion and energy community from a systems thinking perspective. Understanding and managing complexity is a way to rethink test failures, cost overruns and delays, manage large diverse and geographically dispersed teams, and balance the risk of testing early vs. the diminishing return of continued analysis throughout the product lifecycle. The objective of CASE is to address the most relevant systems development issues facing the P&E community, with interactive discussions and activities to include topics such as:

  • Reusable Rockets
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Space Based Solar Power
  • Supersonic Transport Technologies
  • High Speed Propulsion Component Integration
  • Technologies for the Commercialization of Space
  • Ground-Based Test and Evaluation and Flight Demonstration

Please direct questions to: Dianne J DeTurris
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Electric Propulsion

Papers are solicited for sessions on electric propulsion technologies, systems, and fundamental physics. Of particular interest are papers relating to a range of electric propulsion technologies including, but not limited to: hall thrusters, ion thrusters, micropropulsion concepts, magnetoplasmadynamic thrusters, pulsed-plasma thrusters, pulse-inductive thrusters, arcjets, and resistojets. Papers are also sought on topics regarding advanced thruster concepts, innovative or advanced electric propulsion systems, and other electrothermal, electromagnetic, or electrostatic thruster and system concepts.

  • Hall Thruster Physics and Modeling
  • EP Flight Programs and Missions
  • Electrospray
  • Micropropulsion
  • Ion Thruster Development
  • Cathode Development
  • Cathode Physics and Modeling
  • Pulsed Plasma Thruster
  • Propulsion and Plasma Diagnostics
  • Magnetoplasmadynamics
  • Helicon
  • Advanced Concepts
  • Lorentz Force Accelerators

Please direct questions to: Joshua Rovey
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Electricity Delivery and Grid Reliability

Technical papers are being sought that address the latest research, developments, and viable new technologies applicable to energy delivery for terrestrial systems, e.g., electric grids, micro grids, district thermal energy systems, ground-based battery charging infrastructure, etc. This may include individual technologies and/or their integration at the systems level.

  • Transmission and distribution technologies, including distributed generation and power electronics.
  • Grid reliability, including fault current limiters, smart grid systems, fault detection, etc.
  • Grid impacts of techs that pair electric & thermo-mechanical energy production & storage, e.g., cogeneration
  • Demand-side energy management technologies, including demand response.

Please direct questions to: Scott Duncan
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Energetic Components and Systems

Papers are solicited that are related to the disciplines, components, and systems associated with energetic (Explosive, Propellant, Combustible) components for use in aerospace/automotive separation, destruct and gas generation. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, Explosives Detonation/Deflagration theory and initiation, Cartridge Actuated Devices; Propellant Actuated Devices; Thrusters; Ordnance Time Delays; Explosive Transfer Lines; Ordnance Gas Generators; Physics of Interior Ballistic; Systems integration of explosive components; and studies related to specific challenges of the various component acceptance criteria and manufacture.

  • Detonation Theory and Initiation
  • Topics related to acceptance of Energetic (Explosive, Propellant, Combustible) Components
  • Cartridge Actuated Device (CAD)/Propellant Actuated Device (PAD) Component Testing
  • Energetic (Explosive, Propellant, Combustible) Systems Design
  • Physics of Interior Ballistics in Energetic (Explosive, Propellant, Combustible) Devices
  • Innovation in Explosives and Propellant design and manufacturing
  • Energetic (Explosives, Propellants and Combustible materials) Component History
  • Innovation in Component Failure Investigation and Analysis
  • Obsolescence of Energetic Materials and/or of their Constituent Chemicals

Please direct questions to: John G. Scott
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Energy Conversion Device Technology

Technical papers are requested on research and development in the area of space and terrestrial power system energy conversion. Contributions may address initial concepts, simulation, prototype testing, fabrication, applications of, and novel system integration and analysis. Areas also include performance, modeling, analysis, testing, calibration, and operation of static and dynamic energy conversion devices.
  • Advanced radioisotope power systems or other nuclear power systems
  • Environment effects and life prediction for multi-junction solar cells and arrays
  • Novel solar cells and arrays for different applications
  • Dynamic energy conversion devices (Brayton, Rankine, Stirling, etc.)
  • R&D on the application of GaN, SiC or other radiation tolerant transistors for power processing
  • Static energy conversion devices (PV, thermionics, thermoelectrics, thermo-PV, etc.)
  • Power processing and management electronics

Please direct questions to: Greg Semrau
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Energy-Efficient and Renewable Energy Technologies

Renewable Energy Technology that includes Wind, Solar, Hydro, Biomass, and Geothermal Energy. Energy-Efficient Topic includes Design, implementation, and evaluation of randomized control trials.

  • Green energy issues
  • Technology development in renewable energy systems
  • Energy-efficient protocols and power management
  • Energy-efficient transmission technologies
  • Simulation/modeling for energy efficient solutions
  • Experimental studies in energy-efficient systems.

Please direct questions to: Ryo Amano
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Energy Storage

Technical papers are requested that address the latest research, developments, and operational use of cutting edge energy storage technologies and products used in both terrestrial and space applications. This may include individual technologies and/or their integration at the systems level including cell, battery, battery system, and fuel cell management, innovative battery cell and capacitor technologies, novel cell/battery packaging concepts, and distributed power electronics.

  • Deep space and interplanetary energy storage systems.
  • All electric aircraft and drones applications
  • Control and safety design for lithium ion batteries
  • Techniques to prevent thermal runaway propagation
  • Combined lithium ion battery and lithium ion capacitor energy systems
  • Battery cells for high cycle, long life applications
  • New cell development in advanced chemistries (lithium sulfur, lithium air, nickel zinc, etc.)
  • Energy storage devices for low temperature operation
  • Solid state batteries and their operation

Please direct questions to: Joseph Troutman
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Fossil-Fuel Power Technologies

Technical papers are sought that address research, technology development, and the implementation of fuels and fossil-fuel power systems for both aerospace and terrestrial applications.

  • Fuels, alternative fuels, coal, natural gas, oil, gas from methane hydrate
  • Fuel and gas from shale and deep-water regions
  • Lean coal and natural gas power systems, combustion, advanced combustor designs, micro-combustors
  • Waste fuels, opportunity fuels, pollution, and chemical kinetics
  • Carbon capture and storage
  • Gasification
  • Combustion turbines
  • Carbon sequestration and utilization
  • Fire
  • Applications of nanotechnology for fossil-fuel power technologies
  • Policy, environmental, and historical perspectives of fossil-fuel power technologies
  • Waste Heat / Energy Utilization

Please direct questions to: Bhupendra Khandelwal
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Gas Turbine Engines

Papers are solicited in the disciplines of thermodynamics, aerodynamics, aeroelasticity, mechanical design and manufacturing, combustion, heat transfer, anti-icing, and controls as related to the science, research, technology development, and testing of gas turbine engines. This includes related components for air vehicles in the subsonic and transonic flight regimes.

  • Application and integration of pressure-gain combustors (deflagrative and detonative)
  • Application of metallurgy and/or manufacturing techniques (such as CMC and additive manufacturing)
  • Electric power generation; "green"/environmentally friendly aviation; alternative fuels
  • Engine architectures/installations; variable cycle engines; turbo-electric propulsion
  • Engine controls; diagnostics/health-monitoring/CBM techniques; advanced instrumentation/sensors
  • Engine test techniques (component tests, data analysis, the comparison of flight and ground tests)
  • Engine-related heat transfer, thermal management, cooling, and secondary flow management; durability
  • Multidisciplinary design, analysis/optimization of engine systems and components
  • Technologies in higher efficiency and lower noise (such as geared turbofans and auxiliary systems)
  • Turbomachinery: computational and experimental work on compressor/turbine design and performance

Please direct questions to: Jimmy Tai
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High-Speed Air-Breathing Propulsion

Several technical sessions will be devoted to both fundamental research and engineering applications to advance the state of the art of high-speed air-breathing propulsion. Of particular interest is experimental (ground/flight), theoretical, and computational work in all areas related to the development, analysis, optimization, and integration of innovative integrated vehicle (e.g., scramjet and ramjet) and component (e.g., inlets, combustors, fuel injectors, hyper-mixers) designs. Also of interest are novel chemical mechanism models, methods for the enhancement of combustion efficiency, and performance evaluation of high-speed air breathing propulsion systems. General session topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Computational analysis of supersonic combustion flow paths, components, and processes
  • Experimental analysis of supersonic combustion flow paths, components, and processes
  • Internal/external high-speed air-breathing propulsion and vehicle integration
  • High fidelity simulations of high-speed air-breathing systems
  • Experimental developments in injection, flame holding, fuel delivery, and thermal management
  • Numerical and experimental advances in hypersonic air-breathing propulsion systems
  • Design and optimization of high speed propulsion flow paths (inlet, isolator, combustor and nozzle)
  • Pulse detonation physics, and/or combined cycle with other utility to high-speed propulsion
  • Analytical and experimental uncertainties, performance predictions and high-speed sub-systems
  • Analytical tool, method, and model development for design and optimizations of high-speed systems

Please direct questions to: Faure J. Malo-Molina and/or Erik L. Axdahl
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Hybrid Rockets

Experimental, theoretical, and numerical work in all areas related to design, novel fuel chemistry, enhancement of fuel and oxidizer performance and internal geometry requirements for liquid, solid, and gaseous fueled Hybrid and Bi-Propellant Rocket Systems to stably operate.

  • Combustion stability, motor performance, and related issues
  • Injector designs and effect on engine performance and stability
  • Internal ballistics modeling including predictive capability
  • Combustion dynamics and mixing efficiencies
  • Oxidizer vaporization, heat transfer, species evolution, and mixing of oxidizer and fuel species
  • Development and evaluation of novel oxidizer and fuel formulations and combinations
  • Chemical kinetics between fuel and oxidizer species
  • Design studies including cost and feasibility analysis
  • Design and development of novel hybrid rocket motor concepts
  • Descriptions of current programs – their objectives and progress to date

Please direct questions to: Joseph Majdalani
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Inlets, Nozzles, and Propulsion Systems Integration

Papers are sought in all areas of air breathing propulsion inlet, nozzle and thrust reverser design, analysis and test. Innovative designs and methods are sought. Of particular interest are concepts and operations which result in increased overall efficiency, reduced system complexity, or decreased component cost. Discussion of components particularly relevant to electrically powered aircraft are welcomed.

  • Subsonic, supersonic and hypersonic inlets. Serpentine inlets
  • Subsonic, supersonic and hypersonic nozzles. Serpentine exhaust ducts
  • Thrust reversers, ejectors, and other exhaust systems
  • Propulsion aerodynamics with computational fluid dynamics; component optimization
  • Integration of secondary power and / or cooling systems and impact on performance
  • Thermal management aspects of propulsion system performance
  • Inlet particle separators
  • Unducted fan design, performance or analysis
  • Propulsor and component design for air breathing electrical propulsion systems

Please direct questions to: Russel Thornock
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International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) Topics

In the ongoing effort to improve the impact of AIAA events for members, ITAR sessions will continue to be organized with the intent of expanding the breadth of topics and emphasizing sessions with relevance to Forum 360 events and major elements of the open technical sessions. Submission of groups of presentations representing major accomplishments or status updates of significant system development programs are encouraged. Guidelines regarding the definition of technical topics subject to ITAR restrictions may be found at this link:

Please direct questions to: John Schmisseur
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Liquid Propulsion

Papers are sought from all areas related to liquid rocket propulsion, including component level and system level technologies. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Combustor Design, Analysis, Development and Test including issues related to Combustion Instability
  • Injector design, analysis, development and test
  • Liquid propulsion lessons learned, current and historical
  • Liquid rocket engine system design, analysis, development, test and use for launch applications
  • Manufacturing technology development and demonstration for application to liquid rocket engines
  • Non-toxic green propellant studies and associated technologies
  • Nozzle design, analysis, development and test
  • Propellant feed and fluid management systems design, analysis, test and use in propulsion systems
  • Propellant storage system design, analysis, test and use in liquid propulsion systems
  • Spacecraft propulsion system design, analysis, development, test and use for in-space applications
  • Small Satellite Propulsion including issues related to Cubesat and Nanosat Systems
  • Turbomachinery design, analysis, development and testing
  • Issues Related to In-Orbit Refueling

Please direct questions to: Vineet Ahuja
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Nuclear and Future Flight Propulsion

Papers should address approaches for nuclear-powered rocketry and alternative, physics-based propulsion systems. Relevant topics include all aspects of nuclear thermal rocket (NTR) design, testing, and utilization as well as innovative or emerging concepts for fusion-based, antimatter or hybrid space systems. “Future Flight” topics include concepts for both near- and far-term propulsion architectures that require significant advancements in physics and propulsion science. Applications of space-time manipulation, gravity modification, electromagnetic coupling, particle/quantum physics, relativistic assessments or fluidic continua are valid for this area. Future Flight papers should be well-founded in theory and clearly identify a propulsion application. Any performance comparisons must include uncertainty bands. Session categories include:

  • Nuclear Thermal Propulsion: Engine Modeling
  • Nuclear Thermal Propulsion: Fuels and Materials
  • Nuclear Thermal Propulsion: Testing and Programmatics
  • Nuclear electric and bimodal concepts
  • Fusion, Alternative Nuclear, and Antimatter Concepts
  • Future Flight Propulsion Systems

Please direct questions to: Jason Cassibry
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Propellants and Combustion

Papers are sought describing experimental, analytical, and numerical work in all areas related to combustion of liquid, solid, and gaseous fuels in rocket, air-breathing, and other propulsion and power systems. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Modeling and simulation of combustion
  • Combustion instability in air-breathing and rocket engines
  • Kinetics of solid-, liquid-, and gas-phase combustion
  • Development of new fuels, propellant, and energetic materials
  • Formulation and decomposition of monopropellants
  • Surrogate fuels
  • Endothermic fuels
  • Combustion diagnostics
  • Spray behavior and combustion
  • Ignition
  • Micro-scale combustion
  • Combustion performance of additively manufactured (AM) components and fuels

Please direct questions to: Millicent Coil
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Propulsion and Power of Unmanned Aerial Systems

Technical papers are sought on propulsion and power of unmanned aerial systems. Topics of interest include (a) energy harvesting and management; (b) conventional and alternative power systems: combustion engines, fuel cell, solar panel, and battery; (c) dynamics and control; and (d) information assurance/security. Papers of exploratory investigations, modeling and simulation, payload implementation, and sensor integration are also welcome.

  • Energy harvesting
  • Energy and power system management
  • Combustion engines: gas turbine, internal combustion, and pulse detonation
  • Alternative power systems: fuel cell, solar panel, battery
  • Dynamics and control: aerodynamics, flight control, payload implementation, sensor integration, etc.
  • Information assurance/security: communication
  • Modeling and simulation of UAV and UAV power sub-systems
  • Exploratory investigations and novel applications

Please direct questions to: Lea-Der Chen
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Propulsion Education

Papers can cover STEM development including outreach programs and university curriculum, student projects and research, university research programs and history, international partnerships, propulsion history and literature reviews. Topics of interest include the following:

  • STEM Outreach: K-12 outreach, minority outreach, and community outreach programs
  • STEM Development: university curriculum, student retention, and workforce development and mentoring
  • Student Projects: Literature assessment, design, experiments, analysis, teams, or competitions
  • University Research Programs: Strategies, centers, laboratories, history, capabilities, and metrics
  • International Partnerships: Scholarships, strategies, case studies
  • Propulsion History: Programs, people, facilities

Please direct questions to: Robert Frederick
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Small Satellites

This track covers all aspects of small satellite propulsion and energy technologies and related missions. Topics include small satellite propulsion/energy hardware design, development and systems engineering, mission operations and spacecraft subsystems.

  • Propulsion and energy technologies for lunar, deep space and other planetary missions
  • Propulsion and energy subsystems and hardware components for small spacecraft
  • CubeSat Propulsion
  • CubeSat Energy Generation & Use
  • Small Satellite Propulsion
  • Small Satellite Energy
  • Board/Chip Sat Propulsion & Energy

Please direct questions to: Jeremy Straub
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Solid Rockets

Technical papers are sought related to solid rocket propulsion. Topics of primary interest include but are not limited to those listed below. Some notable new topics of interest include: Solid fueled Pressure Gain Combustion, Solid fueled ramjets, and Integral rocket ramjets/ducted rockets.

  • Solid rocket combustion instability
  • Propellant development and characterization
  • Developments in solid rocket modeling, simulation, or analysis and evaluation methodologies
  • Solid rocket motor history and lessons learned in design, manufacturing, qualification, and testing
  • Advanced nozzle and case design and technology
  • Solid rocket motor design and optimization
  • Solid rocket motor grain design and ballistics
  • Solid fueled Pressure Gain Combustion
  • Solid fueled ramjets, Integral rocket ramjets, or ducted rockets
  • Controllable solid rocket propulsion and thrust management
  • Innovative motor ignition systems
  • Future solid rocket motor technologies

Please direct questions to: Jeremy Straub
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Spacecraft and Aircraft Power Systems Technologies

Technical papers are sought on power subsystems and components developed specifically for aerospace applications. Papers may include mission requirements, advance concepts, development initiatives, assembly, integration, testing, simulations, in-flight and in-orbit performance addressing the broad range of power for earth orbiting and planetary spacecraft, aircraft, and space transportation applications. Papers discussing spacecraft, aircraft and space transportation power technologies operational performance requirements, and system designs are highly desired. Topics include and are not limited to the following:

  • Power system designs for earth orbiting and planetary spacecraft, rovers, space transportation
  • Power generation, control and distribution for electric propulsion including Power Processing Units
  • Solar, nuclear, and radioisotope power systems
  • Power subsystem current & future mission requirements, architectures, in-orbit perf & lessons learned
  • Power subsystem component technologies: solar arrays, energy storage, management and distribution, and protection
  • Power system environmental interactions and limitations
  • Energy generation and storage for Lunar and Mars habitats, concepts and experiments
  • Energy generation in space for terrestrial use
  • Wireless energy transfer
  • Power subsystem designs for aircraft, hybrid electric aircraft, and UAVs

Please direct questions to: Abbas Salim
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Thermal Management Technology

Papers discussing study results, operational performance, results of practical applications, tests, simulations, and R&D initiatives of thermal management technology for aerospace and terrestrial applications are encouraged.

  • Heat Transfer & Transport, including two-phase, phase change, advanced materials & spray cooling
  • Thermal Systems & Components, including electronics cooling, cryogenics systems & gap fillers
  • Thermal System Applications & Unique Environment, including spacecraft, launch vehicle & propulsion
  • Thermal Modeling, Simulation & Analysis, including analytical techniques & software
  • Thermal Energy Storage, including advanced materials, phase change, applications and issues
  • Thermal Testing, including thermal tests on components, subsystems & systems
  • Nanotechnology for thermal management, including nanoscale particles, channels, wires & films

Please direct questions to: Michael K. Choi
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