AE Brown Bag Presents: Evan Bloom and Paul Trevidic

Fri Nov 12 2021 02:00 PM
Guggenheim 442 & BlueJeans

The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering

is proud to present the

Brown Bag Lecture Series



Evan Bloom

(Advisor: Prof. Mitchell Walker)



Paul Trevidic

(Advisor: Dimitri Mavris) 


Friday, November 12
2 - 3 pm (EDT)
Guggenheim 442
 (refreshments provided)
& BlueJeans:

Evan Bloom will present


"Simulation and Build of the P5 Hall-effect Thruster"

The P5 Hall-effect thruster was developed by the University of Michigan for research purposes in collaboration with the Air Force. Over time, many iterations of this thruster have been built and tested. This semester, under the supervision of Dr. Walker, the original single-stage design has been reconstructed from an alternate two-stage design and will be tested under vacuum conditions once it is completed. VSimPD has been utilized to simulate the plasma discharge from this thruster and is compared to actual test results. The focus of these simulations has been on the prediction of specific impulse, magnetic field profile, and thermal processes in the thruster.

Paul Trevidic will present

"Multi-Disciplinary Analysis and Optimization (MDAO) Methods for Preliminary Aircraft Design"

Design, in general, is an iterative, interdisciplinary, and systematic process that combines many different backgrounds and tools to develop a functional product. Current classroom methods for aircraft design rely on complex, manual iterations that involve a combination of spreadsheet-based calculations. Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and Multi-Disciplinary Analysis and Optimization (MDAO) seek to improve the current approach to design used in industry and research applications. Both of these concepts draw on systems engineering principles and can integrate various tools into one cohesive model. Thus, they can be leveraged to organize and unlock the possibility of uniting different models and software used in preliminary design. This presentation will discuss previous work and the benefits and of MBSE and MDAO, in addition to the procedure of converting conceptual design methods into an integrated MDAO environment.


Guggenheim 442 & BlueJeans