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Jet Engine Simulation

AVETeC, in association with its NALI partners, is using advanced modeling and simulation to create a high-fidelity, 3D, real-time simulation of an entire jet engine.  Creating the first fully integrated simulation of the GE90 was the first step in that process.

The Benefits of Research

Developing a new jet engine requires substantial time and resources.  AVETeC, in association with its NALI partners, is using advanced modeling and simulation to reduce the number of design cycles typically required to develop a new engine.  Engine operability and integration deficiencies can be identified throughout the design and supply chain and corrected prior to physical hardware testing.

Eventually the NALI partners will use this technology to better predict component failure and thus extend the life of the engine.  But this requires the ability to collect and store enormous amounts of data.  Then, these data must be analyzed and processed into useful information.  The GE90 simulation is the first step at realizing this goal.

A first of its kind, fully integrated simulation of the GE90.  The color contours indicate pressure changes in the engine.

The Advanced Virtual Engine Test Cell

AVETeC is a not for profit public benefit research organization that is facilitating collaborative applied aerospace propulsion research.  With the help of GE, NASA, The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati, AVETeC's research has led to the development of the first fully integrated simulation if an aircraft jet engine, the GE90.  AVETeC's vision is to create a high-fidelity, 3D, real-time simulation of an entire jet engine that will allow engineers to design, test and modify an engine in a virtual test setting.

Improving Engine Health Management

Identifying wear and tear is the first step in extending the life of engine components.  AVETeC's Engine Health Management program focuses on research and development of methods and tools that could result in operation and maintenance costs savings of up to 25 percent for commercial and military aircraft engines over the next 10 years.  The system will cover the entire life cycle of the engine and will provide vital feedback for the design process.

Data Intensive Computing Environment

In order to more effectively use the data produced in the broad scope of research, AVETeC is developing a program called the Data Intensive Computing Environment, or DICE.  DICE recognizes that industry research involves volumes of geographically dispersed data.  The program uses a test-bed comprised of real-world networks that will develop an infrastructure to enable the aviation industry to more easily and securely manage high volumes of data, which could result in millions of dollars in cost savings.

Education

In order to prepare a qualified and ready force of scientists and engineers to continue American leadership in the aviation industry, AVETeC is involved in several educational outreach endeavors geared to stimulate interest and achievement among students in science and technology:

  • In partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory, AVETeC offers the Wright Scholar Research Assistant Program to high school juniors and seniors in Clark County, Ohio.  The Wright Scholar program fosters the education of promising young scientists and engineers in a hands-on atmosphere.

  • AVETeC supports STARBASE, a program at Wright Patterson Air Force Base that provides 5th grade students with hands-on education opportunities in science, mathematics and technology in a high-tech learning environment.

  • AVETeC organizes a series of TecTalks, supports Clark State Community College's GEAR UP program to prepare students for college and involves Springfield, Ohio students in NALI's LaunchQuest program.