Aerodynamic Flow Control and Advanced Diagnostics (AFCAD) Research Group

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The Aerodynamic Flow Control and Advanced Diagnostics (AFCAD) Research Group in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Ohio State University focuses on fundamental research affecting the entire autonomous aerial vehicle ecosystem. This broad area encompases the development of state-of-the-art autonomous aerial vehicles and supporting avionics, and the advanced flow and measurement diagnostic systems necessary to understand and optimize their performance. We perform new and novel flight tests of unique aircraft to answer challenging questions on the nature of integrating autonomous air vehicles into the national airspace system, including emerging Urban Air Mobility concepts set to revolutionize the aerospace industry.

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Active areas of research include:

  • Advanced autonomous aerial vehicle design and flight testing
  • Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) technology development
  • Unsteady aerodynamics and controls for UAS wake encounters
  • Low-Reynolds number rotorcraft performance testing
  • Compressible dynamic stall
  • Flow control integration concepts

Directed by Dr. Matthew McCrink the AFCAD Research Group is based at the Aerospace Research Center adjacent to Don Scott Field, the Ohio State University Airport. For directions to the laboratory, please see the "Location" page on the navigation menu above.

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