19–22 August 2019
JW Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana

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: 19 October 2017 
  • Abstract Submission Closed: 4 January 2018, 2000 hrs Eastern Time
  • Manuscript Deadline: 13 June 2018, 2000 hrs Eastern Time
  • 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 2018 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum. Please review carefully the detailed AIAA ITAR abstract submission process as well as the ITAR registration requirements. Learn More

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For 2018, 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 
Go to: Advanced Mechanical Components
Go to: Advanced Propulsion Concepts  
Go to: Advanced Vehicle Systems
Go to: Aerospace Power Systems
Go to: Aircraft Electric Propulsion
Go to: Electric Propulsion
Go to: Electricity Delivery and Grid Reliability
Go to: Energetic Components and Systems
Go to: Energy Conversion Technology
Go to: Energy-Efficient and Renewable Energy Technologies
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: ITAR
Go to: Liquid Propulsion
Go to: Nuclear and Future Flight Propulsion
Go to: Pressure Gain Combustion
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 Rocket Propulsion
Go to: Space Nuclear Power Systems
Go to: Space Solar Power
Go to: Thermal Management Technology
Go to: AIAA/IEEE Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium*

Additive Manufacturing for Propulsion Systems

Please direct questions to: Corinne Sedano and Elizabeth Jens.

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

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Advanced Integrated Engine Controls and Intelligent Systems

Please direct questions to: Al Behbahani

With the increased emphasis on aircraft safety, enhanced performance, affordability, and environmental considerations, there are many challenges facing the designers of aircraft propulsion 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
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Advanced Mechanical Components

Please direct questions to: Patrick Dunlap

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
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Advanced Propulsion Concepts 

Please direct questions to: John Robinson

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
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Advanced Vehicle Systems

Please direct questions to: Frank Chandler

Papers are solicited for advanced vehicle system concepts including small satellite launch vehicles, large launch systems and hypersonic vehicles. Particular interests in the recent advances in the development of small launch vehicles for cubesat delivery to orbit, hypersonic vehicle flight experiments, and new launch systems for delivery of commercial and/or National Security Payloads. Papers covering the following are sought: 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 integrated propulsion systems, space power generation, storage, management & distribution (PMAD), 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 (ISRU) for propellant manufacturing, abort/crew escape system, and 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
  • Large Launch Vehicle Systems
  • Hypersonic Vehicle Flight Experiments
  • 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 and critical vehicle thermal management systems
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Aerospace Power Systems

Please direct questions to: Abbas Salim

Papers are sought on all sorts of Space Power Systems discussing study findings, results of practical applications, tests, simulations, short and long term performance, and R&D initiatives. Specific topical areas are listed below. However, authors are encouraged to submit papers on other innovative ideas and topics related to Space Power Systems.

  • Lunar and Mars Surface Power Systems
  • Spacecraft Power Systems and Flight Experience for Near and Deep Space missions
  • Next Generation High Voltage Electrical Power System Design and Distribution for >50+ kW Space applications
  • Power generation, control and distribution for electric propulsion including Power Processing Units
  • New and Unique Power System Technologies for Space Platforms
  • LEO/MEO/GEO Spacecraft Power System design, fabrication, testing, in-orbit experience and lessons learned
  • End of Life Passivation of spacecraft electric power generation and storage devices
  • CubeSat Programs: Ground testing and Flight results from Custom-made and COTS Systems; Lessons Learned from Mission Failures; and Coping with Special Requirements
  • Power generation, control and distribution for electric propulsion including Power Processing Units
  • Power System designs for large LEO spacecraft constellations including maintenance and refurbishment
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Aircraft Electric Propulsion

Please direct questions to: Durrell Rittenberg

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.

  • Scaling up to High Voltages and Currents in Power System Components and Designs for Airplanes
  • Enabling All-Electric Airplanes with Fuel Cells
  • High Specific Energy Batteries for Electric Airplane
  • Thermal Management, Modeling, and Design in Hybrid Electric Aircraft Power Systems
  • Cryo Technologies for High Power Density for Electric and Hybrid Electric Aircraft
  • Solar Array Designs for Airships
  • Photovoltaic Enhanced Power Systems for UAV’s and other Unmanned Platforms
  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Common Approaches to High Voltage and High Current Power Electronics
  • Battery Safety and Mission Reliability in Advanced Li-ion Battery Systems
  • Electrical Power System Design for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

The Aircraft Electric Propulsion call for papers is intended to serve AIAA P&E forum attendees.  If your submission is more closely related to electric aircraft component technologies, consider submitting your abstract to the Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium call for papers instead. The Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium targets an audience of both IEEE and AIAA attendees as well as the greater electrification of transportation communities.  This symposium will feature sessions on electrical systems and technology to enable disruptive advancements in partially- or fully-electric aircraft platforms and concepts.  This symposium will include a session on Turbo, Hybrid, and Electric Propelled Aircraft design, sessions focusing on technical challenges and advancements at the component level, and a session on electrical system design requirements for aircraft propulsion. Please note that the Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium is a separate event that is occurring following the AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum on 12-13 July 2018, and will require a separate registration fee for participants and attendees.

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Electric Propulsion

Please direct questions to: Peter Peterson

Papers are solicited for sessions on electric propulsion technologies, flight systems, components, modeling and fundamental physics. Of particular interest are papers relating to a range of electric propulsion technologies including, but not limited to: flight systems, hall thrusters, ion thrusters, power processing units, propellant management systems, gimbals, micropropulsion concepts, magnetoplasmadynamic thrusters, pulsed-plasma thrusters, pulse-inductive thrusters, and electrothermal thrusters. Papers are also sought on topics regarding innovative and/or advanced electric propulsion systems, propulsion and plasma diagnostics, and/or electrostatic thruster and system concepts.

  • Electric Propulsion Flight Programs and Missions
  • Hall Thruster
  • Ion Thruster
  • Micropropulsion
  • Low-Power Electric Propulsion
  • Cathode Development and Modeling
  • Propulsion and Plasma Diagnostics
  • Power Processing
  • Propellant Management
  • Advanced Concepts
  • Hall Thruster Modeling
  • Ion Thruster Modeling
  • Advanced Concepts Modeling
  • Electric Propulsion Subsystems
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Electricity Delivery and Grid Reliability

Please direct questions to: Scott Duncan

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 & thermomechanical energy production e.g., cogen and CHP
  • Demand-side energy management technologies, including demand response
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Energetic Components and Systems

Please direct questions to: Stephanie Sawhill

Energetic Components and Systems contain explosive materials or propellants to provide energy that is released in a controlled manner to perform critical functions in applications ranging from military and civilian aircraft, space vehicles and missiles, satellites or spacecraft, defense weaponry, automotive safety, demolition and mining. Explosive- or propellant-actuated systems and components perform the following functions: explosive train initiation, safe-and-arm, separation, severance, release, deployment/dispense/ejection, thrust, and opening/closing functions such as pyrotechnic valves to name a few. A space launch vehicle may contain hundreds of such energetic components that function from the start to end of the launch sequence. Energetic components are also used in many safety applications including aircraft pilot egress systems (ejection seats). These systems must function reliably and safely to ensure mission success.

  • Detonation Theory and Initiation
  • Design, Testing and Acceptance of Explosive-Actuated, Propellant-Actuated Mechanisms and Systems
  • Explosive- or Propellant- Actuated Mechanisms or Systems for Launch Vehicles and Spacecraft
  • Energetic Components used in Military or Commercial Aircraft, and Safety Systems
  • Physics of Interior Ballistics in Explosive, Propellant, Combustible Devices
  • Explosive and Propellant Compositions, Additive Manufacturing and System Health Monitoring
  • Energetic (Explosives, Propellants and Combustible) Component History in the Aerospace Industry
  • Innovation in Failure Investigation and Analysis, and Environment Testing
  • Obsolescence of Energetic Materials and/or of their Constituent Chemicals
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Energy Conversion Technology

Please direct questions to: Ed Lewandowski

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.

  • Stirling Convertor and Fission reactors for 40kW system on Mars
  • Stirling Engines and Radioisotope Power Systems
  • Dynamic energy conversion devices (Brayton, Rankine, Stirling, etc.)
  • Emerging, Small Scale Energy Conversion Devices – Sensors and Power Systems
  • Cryogenic Technologies for High Power Density for Aerospace
  • Static energy conversion devices (PV, thermionics, thermoelectrics, thermo-PV, etc.)
  • Power processing and management electronics
  • R&D on the application of GaN, SiC or other radiation tolerant transistors for power processing
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Energy-Efficient and Renewable Energy Technologies

Please direct questions to: Ryo Amano

Renewable Energy Technology that includes Wind, Solar, Hydro, Biomass, and Geothermal Energy. Energy-Efficient Topic includes supercritical combustion, combined heat and power, energy saving technology, advanced combustion and power-cycles, innovative energy management and controls, nuclear power for aerospace, energy storage, thermal management, advanced materials for power cycles.

  • 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
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Fossil-Fuel Power Technologies

Please direct questions to: Bhupendra Khandelwal

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
  • Lean coal and natural gas power systems, combustion, advanced designs, micro-combustors
  • Carbon capture and storage, Carbon sequestration and utilization
  • Gasification, Innovative energy management in smart cities, big data, and controls
  • Combustion turbines, Advanced combustion and power cycles
  • Advances in Solar and Fuel Cell, and Other Renewable Sources
  • Fire, Super-critical combustion
  • Applications of nanotechnology for fossil-fuel power technologies
  • Policy, environmental, and historical perspectives of fossil-fuel power technologies
  • Waste Heat/Energy Utilization, Waste fuels, opportunity fuels
  • Fuel and gas from shale and deep-water regions
  • Energy efficiency, saving, and performance improvements
  • Pollution and chemical kinetics, CO2 use for fuels and value added products
  • Combined heat and power with ultra-low emission of pollutants and particulates
  • Advances in renewable energy (solar, biomass, wind, wave and other low carbon footprint technologies)
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Gas Turbine Engines

Please direct questions to: Jimmy Tai

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 and gas turbine matching with air vehicles.

  • 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 cycles/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
  • Cycle performance matching with aircraft performance
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High-Speed Air-Breathing Propulsion

Please direct questions to: Erik L. Axdahl

Technical papers are sought for fundamental research and applied development efforts to advance the state of the art of high speed, air breathing propulsion. Topics in numerical analysis, theory, ground test, or flight test are desired. Papers should be relevant to the development, analysis, optimization, or integration of scramjet, ramjet, dual-mode, or pressure gain engines and their components (e.g. inlets, isolators, combustors, injectors, nozzles). General session topics may include:

  • Flowpath or component optimization and performance prediction
  • Fuel injection, mixing, and flameholding, including characterization of losses or gains
  • Pulse or rotating detonation engines
  • Turbine- or rocket-based combined cycle concepts
  • Novel combined cycle concepts
  • Thermal management
  • Uncertainty quantification and propagation
  • Modeling and simulation development, including efforts in model-based systems engineering
  • Additive manufacturing techniques, including thermal-mechanical material characterization
  • Chemical mechanism or thermal models for new fuels, including reduced models
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Hybrid Rockets

Please direct questions to: Ashley Karp
This topic involves experimental, theoretical, and numerical work in all areas related to design, novel fuel chemistry, novel concepts and testing, 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
  • Combustion dynamics, mixing efficiencies, and fuel/oxidizer chemical kinetics
  • Descriptions of current programs – their objectives and progress to date
  • Design and development of novel hybrid rocket motor concepts
  • Design studies including cost and feasibility analysis
  • Development and evaluation of novel oxidizer and fuel formulations and combinations
  • Green propellants, contemporary materials, and advanced manufacturing techniques
  • Injector designs and effect on engine performance and stability
  • Internal ballistics modeling including predictive capability
  • Oxidizer vaporization, heat transfer, species evolution, and mixing of oxidizer and fuel species
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Inlets, Nozzles, and Propulsion Systems Integration

Please direct questions to: Neal Herring

Integration of affordable and innovative propulsion systems has received renewed interest in recent years owing to new vehicle missions, airframe concepts, engine technologies, and exciting ways to exploit these factors for system level improvements.  More efficient propulsion system designs and technology are being investigated that present unique integration challenges for existing and new aircraft designs.  Likewise, new vehicle concepts present interesting integration challenges to these new propulsion systems and technologies in terms of performance and operability.  We seek to explore the integration aspects of air vehicles and propulsion technologies.  Papers are sought in the following areas:

  • Inlet/Exhaust System Integration Design, Performance, and/or Operability
  • Propulsor and Subsystems for Air Breathing Electric Propulsion
  • Optimization of Propulsion System Design and Integration
  • Integration of Secondary Power Systems and Impact on Performance
  • Thermal Management Aspects of Propulsion System Performance
  • Unducted Fan Design, Performance or Analysis
  • Propulsion Controls and Integration of Propulsion and Vehicle Controls
  • Smart Materials and Structural Systems in Aerospace Applications

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Please direct questions toDavid McGrath

U.S.-Only ITAR papers are sought in all Propulsion and Energy Track areas. This year, a key focus area is SLS and Orion propulsion progress toward flight for all primary and secondary propulsion systems on the core SLS vehicle, the Orion Command Module, Service Module, and Abort System. Other topics are also encouraged in line with TC tutorials or panel sessions planned for 2018 - such as the ITAR Hypersonics tutorial.

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Liquid Propulsion

Please direct questions to: Christoph U. Kirchberger

Papers are sought from all areas related to liquid rocket propulsion, including component level and system level technologies, new concepts and applications, related research and development programs, necessary test facilities and modeling approaches. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Liquid rocket engine system design, analysis, development, test and use for launcher applications
  • In-Space propulsion system design, analysis, development, test and use including Cubesat/ Nanosat
  • Green and non-toxic propellants – studies, development, applications and associated technologies
  • Novel manufacturing technologies and advanced materials for application to liquid rocket engines
  • Modeling and simulation of liquid rocket engines and components
  • Propellant storage system design, analysis, test and use including issues of in-orbit servicing
  • Propellant feed and fluid management systems design, analysis, test and use in propulsion systems
  • Turbomachinery design, analysis, development and testing including structural dynamics and FSI
  • Injector design, analysis, development and test
  • Combustor design, analysis, development and test including issues related to combustion instability
  • Nozzle design, analysis, development and test including advanced materials and manufacturing
  • Liquid propulsion – lessons learned from programs, testing and applications, current and historical
  • Special topic sessions
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Nuclear and Future Flight Propulsion

Please direct questions to: Jason Cassibry

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
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Pressure Gain Combustion

Please direct questions to: Greg Meholic

Papers submitted under the Physics Modeling and Simulation subtopic include discussions on detonation physics and chemistry, combustion dynamics, propellant injection and mixing, characterization of PGC loss mechanisms and heat transfer analyses. The Component and Subsystem Design and Test category includes evaluations of PGC subsystems such as ignition systems, cooling schemes, propellant injection configurations, modeling validation activities and trade studies for subsystem optimization. Potential Applications and System Integration papers would describe terrestrial, atmospheric or in-space applications of PGC devices, innovative PGC configurations and concepts, studies and considerations for PGC system integration as well as generalized performance estimates. Measurement and Diagnostic Techniques papers would describe proposed, experimental or innovative instrumentation and data collection approaches for PGC systems and unsteady environments. Finally, the PGC Device Testing, Operability and Performance subtopic would include papers that outline proposed or existing empirical efforts intended to explore PGC device stability, operating range, propellant condition sensitivity and exit flow conditions. This area would also include descriptions of dedicated PGC test facilities or upgrades. Authors are encouraged to contact the Technical Session Organizer regarding submittal to the appropriate session if questions arise.

  • Physics Modeling and Simulation
  • Component and Subsystem Design and Test
  • Potential Applications and System Integration
  • Measurement and Diagnostic Techniques
  • PGC Device Testing, Operability and Performance
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Propellants and Combustion

Please direct questions to: Jay Gore

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
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Propulsion and Power of Unmanned Aerial Systems

Please direct questions to: Lea-Der Chen

Technical papers are sought on propulsion and power of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Topics of interest include (a) energy harvesting and management; (b) alternative and hybrid power systems: combustion engines, fuel cell, solar panel, and battery; (c) dynamics and control; (d) information assurance/security; (e) applications. Papers of novel systems and 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 and hybrid power systems: fuel cell, solar panel, battery, and combustion engines
  • 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
  • UAS applications
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Propulsion Education

Please direct questions to: Matthew Hitt

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

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Small Satellites

Please direct questions to: Jeremy Straub

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
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Solid Rocket Propulsion

Please direct questions to: Wesley J. Ryan

Technical Papers are solicited in all areas related to solid rocket propulsion. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Combustion instability/acoustic characterization
  • Propellant chemistry and synthesis
  • Developments in simulation and analysis methodologies
  • History/lessons learned in design, manufacturing, qualification, static test and flight
  • Advanced nozzle and case design technology
  • Motor design and optimization
  • Motor grain design and ballistics
  • Controllable solid propulsion and thrust management
  • Innovative motor ignition systems
  • Propellant thermo-mechanical characterization
  • Future solid rocket motor technologies
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Space Nuclear Power Systems

Please direct questions to: Greg Semrau

This topic focuses on complete nuclear power system beyond components. This takes into account the balance of plant, system architectures, unique features, usage of radiation tolerant components for new system level techniques and concerns with the supply of Plutonium-238. Of interest would be recent developments in the realm of radioisotope power systems (generators, reformers, power electronics, thermal management), these developments could be increased efficiency, reliability or environmental survivability.

  • Power Systems for Planetary Power Production (Mars or Other Planets)
  • Power Systems for Satellite/Deep Space Power Production
  • Nuclear Thermal Propulsion and/or Nuclear Electric Propulsion
  • Space Transportation Topics using Nuclear Power
  • Space Probes based on Nuclear Power or Radioisotope Systems
  • The Balance of Plant for Nuclear Power or Radioisotope Systems
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Space Solar Power

Please direct questions to: Giang Lam

This topic is about the applications of solar power as the primary power generation source for Electrical Power Systems on space satellite designs. Papers related to solar array designs that have flown or baselined to be flown in earth orbit (LEO, MEO or GEO) and on interplanetary missions will be relevant. Additional topics include emerging photovoltaic technologies such as higher efficiency photovoltaic applications, higher power (>20 kW) flexible solar array designs, solar concentrators, and usage in conjunction with Electric Propulsion.

  • Solar Array Design for Interplanetary Missions
  • Space Exploration with Solar Arrays with Electric Propulsion Systems
  • Solar Array Design for High Current and High Voltage EPS
  • Flexible Solar Array Design, Flight Performance, and Interplanetary Arrays
  • Solar Array Concentrator Mission Design
  • Solar Array Design for Smallsats and Cubesats
  • On-Orbit Solar Array Performance and Issues
  • Building New Technology through NASA’s Solar Electric Power (SEP) Program
  • Emerging Photovoltaic Technologies
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Thermal Management Technology

Please direct questions to: Michael K. Choi

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, aircraft & propulsion
  • Thermal Modeling, Simulation & Analysis, including analytical techniques & software
  • Thermal Energy Storage, including advanced materials, phase change, applications and issues
  • Thermal Testing on components, subsystems and systems in vacuum or ambient pressure
  • Nanotechnology for thermal management, including nanoscale particles, channels, wires & films
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AIAA/IEEE Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium

Please direct questions to: Phil Ansell

The aerospace industry has set ambitious goals for the next three generations of commercial transport aircraft to accommodate rapid growth in emerging markets and ensure sustainability of air travel. One approach being explored to meet these targets is non-traditional aircraft propulsion using electric, turboelectric or hybrid-electric powertrains. Recent workshops by the IEEE and AIAA have identified the need to bring together electrical engineers and aerospace experts as the industry looks to more electric propulsion technologies for future aircraft. The event will be co-sponsored by the IEEE (led by the Transportation Electrification Community), AIAA (led by the Aircraft Electric Propulsion and Power Working Group), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Grainger Center for Electric Machinery and Electromechanics, College of Engineering).  

This two-day symposium will focus on electric aircraft technology across three programmatic tracks: (1) electric-power enabled aircraft configurations and system requirements, (2) enabling technologies for electric aircraft propulsion, and (3) electric aircraft system integration and controls.  Papers are solicited in specific areas of relevancy including, but not limited to, the following:

Track 1: Aircraft Configurations & Systems Requirements

  • System feasibility studies
  • Electric-enabled innovative aircraft design and propulsion concepts
  • Electrical powertrain performance requirements
  • Safety, critical failure modes, certification 
  • Lifecycle energy, operational cost, and emission analysis

Track 2: Enabling Technologies

  • Machines and drives integration for optimum performance
  • Conventional, cryogenic, and superconducting
  • Fault tolerant power systems and components 
  • Energy storage devices and systems
  • Electric machine and turbofan engine integration
  • New material solutions or applications
  • Novel thermal management solutions
  • Verification and testing
  • Safety, critical failure modes, certification 
  • Lifecycle energy, operational cost, and emission analysis

Track 3: System Integration and Controls

  • Electric powertrain architectures
  • Fault isolation and reconfigurable systems
  • Energy management systems
  • Integrated electro-thermal systems
  • System modeling tools
  • Monitoring and diagnostics

*All are welcome at the Electric Aircraft Technology Symposium, however, please note this event is occurring following the AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum on 12-13 July 2018, and will require a separate registration fee for participants and attendees.

The Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium targets an audience of both IEEE and AIAA attendees as well as the broader electrification of transportation communities. 

If your topic is more related to modification of traditional propulsion systems to accommodate more-electric solutions of traditional subsystems or integrating higher power electrical machines and controls into traditional turbofan engines, or if you are sure you do not wish to attend this separate symposium after P&E, then consider submitting to the Aircraft Electric Propulsion call for papers instead.  The Aircraft Electric Propulsion call for papers is intended to principally serve the aviation community and typical P&E attendees.

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