Kylar Moody, mechanical and aerospace engineering (MAE) graduate student, recently placed second at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Student Paper Competition for the Southwest Region at the University of Texas in Austin. He will receive $300.
Seven graduate students from the University of New Mexico, University of Texas in Austin and in San Antonio, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State University presented their research from many areas of MAE, particularly fluids/aero related.
Moody’s research focused on Distributed Turboelectric Propulsion for a Multirotor UAS.
“We plan on carrying a turbine engine based power generation system on board of a multirotor to leverage the high energy density of hydrocarbon fuels and increase range and endurance,” Moody said. “My specific paper focus was on developing an Active Throttle Control Model for the system to make sure the turbine can keep up with the electrical system and potentially anticipate a change in loading before it occurs.”
Each student presented analytical and experimental data in a 20-minute presentation before a panel of industry, academia and technical specialists with experience at NASA, Lockheed Martin, the U.S. military, and many other credentials.
“All in all it was a great experience and it was my honor to represent OSU CEAT and MAE!” Moody said.
AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession,
according to their website. They have more than 30,000 individual members from 88
countries and 95 corporate members.
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