Their goal is to establish a sensor system that can better assess the structural health of aircraft.
Meanwhile, a team of faculty and graduate students from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences could receive as much as $2.6 million to develop cost-saving lasers using a new breed of silicon-based semiconductors.
Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the Fulton School, Aditi Chattopadhyay is the Principal Investigator on the aerospace project. Her team plans to improve the accuracy of risk assessment and aircraft life-span estimates.
By doing so, Chattopadhyay hopes to save the Air Force money in the long run by reducing operation and maintenance costs of the current Air Force fleet.
The fusion of science and vision is what makes the Air Force Office of Scientific Research mission so crucial to the future success of the Air Force.
U.S. Air Force Col. Jeff Turcotte, deputy director of Air Force Office of Scientific Research, said the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative supported aerospace research at Arizone State University compliments the Air Force Office of Scientific Research mission.
“Robust and reliable health monitoring of aircraft concepts are key to reducing future fleet maintenance costs and timelines,” said Turcotte. “We have a long way to go before realizing these benefits, but we believe this team at Arizona State University can start us off on a long stride.”
The laser project team will use some breakthrough silicon materials discovered by a former Arizona State University chemistry graduate student, to continue years of collaboration, and to put several recent discoveries into practice.
Principal Investigator and Arizona State University physics Professor, Jose Menendez believes this funded research will lead to the development of very cost-effective, high-performance infrared lasers with widespread military and commercial applications for sensing and communications.