RIF Partners with Utah State University for USAF Contract for Supersonic Extension


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Research in Flight’s proposal, “A Multi-Fidelity Supersonic Flow Solver for Preliminary Design & Optimization”, has been awarded by the United States Air Force as part of the AFWERX STTR contract.

Research in Flight is partnered with Utah State University on developing this new supersonic flow enhancement for its FlightStream flow solver. This joint proposal is geared towards attaining the desired capability of physics-based methods that are higher fidelity models relative to empirical methods, yet computationally efficient and suitable to the conceptual design phase. The new supersonic solver is expected to be used by USAF and DoD customers, as well as industry airplane manufacturers in the emerging supersonic commercial and business jet markets.

The Utah State University partners are being led by Dr. Douglas Hunsaker and his graduate students. The FlightStream principal investigators include Dr. Vivek Ahuja and Dr. Roy Hartfield. The Phase I activity is expected to finish in February 2022 which will result in the initial prototype solver being developed. In the follow-on Phase II, this capability will be commercialized in the FlightStream flow solver for industry and academic customers.