Aviation

Gas Turbines

The team has provided advanced aerospace engineering services to power-generation OEMs (Siemens, Pratt & Whitney, ABB, Alstom) to help reduce time to market while increasing component life. Applying jet engine design and manufacturing technologies to land-based gas turbines, the team helped redefine process for hot section component design. Using expertise in Six-Sigma DFSS, PLM, CAD, CAE, manufacturing methods, inspection requirements, GD&T, the expanded integrated product team reduced OEM’s time to market by 50%. Process became benchmark.

Component and Assembly design for time and cost through manufacturing-optimized datum structures, PLM and inspection-ready drawings using softwares like PTC, Solidworks, etc.

Experience with JSF blade/cooled tip shroud-design optimization via complex aerodynamic, structural/thermal loading analyses, novel instrumentation probe design and test, with a reduction in temperature & FOD risk including the turbine exhaust case.

Testing

We have experience designing from scratch, procuring and fabricating test facilities to get answers for critical vertical flight or aero-acoustic challenges. Our experience includes working on vertical flight vehicles such as the V-22 Osprey*, XV-15 and UH-60 (NASA- Ames Rotorcraft and Powered Lift Branch. Moffett Field, CA and Georgia Tech Research Institute).

*The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is the first aircraft designed from the ground up to meet the needs of the Defense Department's four U.S. armed services. The tiltrotor aircraft takes off and lands like a helicopter. Once airborne, its engine nacelles can be rotated to convert the aircraft to a turboprop airplane capable of high-speed, high-altitude flight.

Designed and built 1/20th scale V-22 Osprey test facility to investigate intermeshing rotors, phase lock synchronization, high tip speed performance, and fountain flow effects to reduce noise and improve performance of Tilt rotors. Awarded for this effort.

Helicopter Test Facility: Design to fabrication of novel helicopter test facility on a linear transverse to investigate Blade Vortex Interaction- BVI using helium bubble and acoustic measurements. Awarded for this effort.

Scratch built 165dB source by phase locking acoustic drivers to steer jet exhaust with insight gained from laser Schlieren photography inside former Lockheed Martin Skunk Work Facility Anechoic chambers.

Vehicle Vulnerability - Infrared, Acoustic, Magnetic Signature Reduction

Team members experienced in signature reduction for a host of marine and aviation platforms.

Infrared-IR, Magnetic, Hydro-Acoustic structure and fluid borne noise reduction. Expertise and extensive network to measure signature and provide noble vulnerability reduction techniques.

With experience in signature reduction for a host of marina and aviation platforms including IR, Magnetic and Hydro-Acostic structure and fluid borne noise reduction with expertise and extensive network to measure signature and provide vulnerability reduction techniques. Steeped in aero acoustics with jet propulsion, sonic boom, helicopter (blade vortex interaction- BVI) and vertical flight vehicle noise reduction techniques.

Drones - Unmanned Vehicle Development

Principal, Alex Fleming loves airplanes. While in high school, he designed, scratch-built and wind tunnel tested novel airplane design resulting in :

Grand award winner 41st International Science & Engineering Fair (Mimicked dragonfly’s flight) Numerous awards and recognitions, including the 1990 Nobel Prize Ceremonies invitation; International Aerospace Hall of Fame invitation, appeared on CNN Headline News and Smithsonian Magazine

Glenn T Seaborg Nobel Prize Visit Award

First Award ISEF/Engineering

U.S.A.F. Systems Command Scholarship;

Federal Aviation Administration Scholarship 1988–90 Grand Award

First Award International Aerospace Hall of Fame

First awardee of Georgia Tech Freshman Research Recognition Scholarship;

Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship (American Helicopter Society) 1992 and 1994;

AIAA/TRW Scholarship.