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VKF Modernization Program Team celebrates Zero Accident AwardVKF Modernization Program Team celebrates Zero Accident Award
VKF Modernization Program Team celebrates Zero Accident Award

Earlier this month, Aerospace Testing Alliance (ATA) team members of the AEDC von Kármán Gas Dynamics Facility (VKF) Modernization Program celebrated with barbecue and all the trimmings. Team members were honored with a series of luncheons at the Carroll Engineering Analysis Facility, Model Shop and VKF in recognition of their receipt of the “Jacobs Zero Accident Award.” The award is presented annually by Jacobs, ATA’s managing partner, to projects whose teams have worked 250,000 consecutive hours without an injury of motor vehicle incident. Catherine Plunkett, Director, ATA Safety, Health and Environmental congratulated these winners for demonstrating real leadership towards world-class safety and validating the level of safety excellence that all of us can strive to achieve. Projects included in this achievement were the VKF Modernization Test Investment Planning and Programming (TIPP), Upgrade V-Plant Controls, Tunnels A,B and C (ABC) Modernization TIPP, ABC Data Acquisition System, ABC Operations Center, ABC Shadowgraph/Schlieren, and Tunnel A Nozzle and Diffuser Actuators and Controls. (Photo By Jacqueline Cowan)
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Posted: 3/24/2014

Employees get a closer look at unique AEDC tunnelsEmployees get a closer look at unique AEDC tunnels
Employees get a closer look at unique AEDC tunnels

Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) test engineer, Shannon Tibbals (right) and AEDC outside machinist, Greg Crabtree, get an up-close look at a nozzle in the von Karman’ Gas Dynamics Facility (VKF). VKF includes Tunnels A, B and C and are unique assets in the United States because they are continuous flow with the ability to sustain maximum speed for several days. Improved performance, productivity and reduced energy consumption are expected as part of a recent upgrade.
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Posted: 1/31/2014

Employees get a closer look at unique AEDC tunnelsEmployees get a closer look at unique AEDC tunnels
Employees get a closer look at unique AEDC tunnels

Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) test engineer, Shannon Tibbals (right) and AEDC outside machinist, Greg Crabtree, get an up-close look at a nozzle in the von Karman’ Gas Dynamics Facility (VKF). VKF includes Tunnels A, B and C and are unique assets in the United States because they are continuous flow with the ability to sustain maximum speed for several days. Improved performance, productivity and reduced energy consumption are expected as part of a recent upgrade.
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Posted: 1/31/2014

B-52 weapon-bay modifications implemented due to separation tests at AEDCB-52 weapon-bay modifications implemented due to separation tests at AEDC
B-52 weapon-bay modifications implemented due to separation tests at AEDC

AEDC set a record with the largest aircraft model (10 percent scale model) by conducting B-52 Stratofortress store separation tests. The testing was requested from the B-52 Program Office to look at the scope of the internal weapons bay upgrade to include additional multitude of weapons that previously had not been released from the B-52 weapons bay. Due to results and data generated from tests, modifications are currently underway to increase the B-52’s guided-weapon capacity. The increased capacity will enable the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM), Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD) and the MALD Jammer to be carried internally. From left, J.T. Thompson, Aerospace Testing Alliance (ATA) captive trajectory system project engineer, discusses the B-52H model with Gary Cunningham, ATA lead outside machinist, in the AEDC Propulsion Wind Tunnel 16-foot wind tunnel between store separation test runs. (Photo by Rick Goodfriend)
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Posted: 1/14/2014

Wind tunnel spacers ‘under pressure’Wind tunnel spacers ‘under pressure’
Wind tunnel spacers ‘under pressure’

Roger Johnson, an instrument technician in the Technology & Analysis Branch, installs strain gauge instrumentation and wireless telemetry transmitters in new carbon composite rotor blade spacers, produced by Matrix Composites, Inc., for a spin test at Wright Patterson Air Force base. The blade spacers provide equal spacing and stabilization for the nearly 6-foot blades in the Propulsion Wind Tunnel 16-foot Transonic test facility C-1 compressor. The spin test will analyze what type of stresses and loads the spacers can withstand. The spacers will be installed in the C-1 compressor for further loads and temperature data acquisition and analysis. (Photo by Rick Goodfriend)
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Posted: 11/27/2013

Grant opportunities lead way to innovation at AEDCGrant opportunities lead way to innovation at AEDC
Grant opportunities lead way to innovation at AEDC

An F-35 completes a vertical landing. (Photo by Michael Jackson, Lockheed Martin)
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Posted: 7/1/2013

Grant opportunities lead way to innovation at AEDCGrant opportunities lead way to innovation at AEDC
Grant opportunities lead way to innovation at AEDC

This view of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter shows the lift fan (center) beneath the “57 Chevy Hood” door. This door replaced the bi-fold doors which generated a pressure distortion pattern causing vibrations on the fan blades. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)
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Posted: 7/1/2013

C-5M wings help AEDC team soar to win AIAA Special AwardC-5M wings help AEDC team soar to win AIAA Special Award
C-5M wings help AEDC team soar to win AIAA Special Award

Pictured here is AEDC Commander Col. Raymond Toth (far left) and Dr. Bill Baker (2nd from left) presenting the AIAA Special Award to the C-5M AEDC test team who include: (l-r) Calin Schuman, Marvin Sellers, Dr. Don Malloy, John Hopf, 1st Lt. Joshua Coughenour and Lt. Col Leland Davis. Test team members not present at the time of the photo are Capt. John Labouliere, David Yoder, Rolland Heim, Melissa Minter, Darhl Frazier, Sherry Simons, Scott Wieland, Brent Rodgers and Paul Jalbert. (Photo by Rick Goodfriend)
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Posted: 6/3/2013

C-5M wings help AEDC team soar to win AIAA Special AwardC-5M wings help AEDC team soar to win AIAA Special Award
C-5M wings help AEDC team soar to win AIAA Special Award

Pictured here is the C-5M Super Galaxy model in Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s (AEDC) 16-foot Transonic Wind Tunnel. The model is a pink color as a result of AEDC’s application of Pressure Sensitive Paint (PSP) before the test was conducted. (Photo by Rick Goodfriend)
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Posted: 6/3/2013

AEDC Wind Tunnel upgrade improves flexible nozzle accuracy and reliabilityAEDC Wind Tunnel upgrade improves flexible nozzle accuracy and reliability
AEDC Wind Tunnel upgrade improves flexible nozzle accuracy and reliability

ATA Mission Support Department construction manager Dusty Kirkham conducts calibration tests on the new roll mechanism that will be used at AEDC in the Propulsion Wind Tunnel’s four foot transonic wind tunnel, 4T. The roll mechanism which supports the sting, or test support arm, and the test article provides the ability to roll the test item during a test and handle higher loads of a test requirement. (Photo by Rick Goodfriend)
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Posted: 4/29/2013

AEDC Wind Tunnel upgrade improves flexible nozzle accuracy and reliabilityAEDC Wind Tunnel upgrade improves flexible nozzle accuracy and reliability
AEDC Wind Tunnel upgrade improves flexible nozzle accuracy and reliability

Keith Gipson (right) and Dennis O’Dear (behind the actuators), both ATA outside machinists, install newly designed and fabricated nozzle actuators in the Propulsion Wind Tunnel’s four foot transonic wind tunnel, 4T at AEDC. The actuators are electromechanically driven ball-screw jacks which move the flexible top and bottom plates in the 4T tunnel closer together providing variable Mach numbers or wind speeds. (Photo by Rick Goodfriend)
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Posted: 4/29/2013

AERODYNAMIC AND PROPULSION TEST UNIT FACTSHEETAERODYNAMIC AND PROPULSION TEST UNIT FACTSHEET
AERODYNAMIC AND PROPULSION TEST UNIT FACTSHEET

The Aerodynamic and Propulsion Test Unit combustion air heater. (Photo by Rick Goodfriend)
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Posted: 3/25/2013

    

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