An undergraduate student design and build project has been established by the US Air Force, Air Force Research Laboratory as part of an outreach program. During the 2011–2012 academic year, undergraduate students of six universities participated in designing a thrust vectoring system for a small (20 pound-thrust) jet engine. A description of the project parameters and student designs is given in this paper. It proved to be an extremely successful project, and other professors and students can learn from the different approaches taken by the six different teams and the project itself. Industry will also be interested in the depth and breadth of an undergraduate project that is being used to educate their future engineering workforce.
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Thrust Vectoring Design Project at Six Universities: Part I — Project Description and Final Designs
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Turner, MG, Rumpfkeil, MP, VanKuren, JT, Roberts, RA, Bons, J, Smith, T, Ausserer, JK, & Litke, P. "Thrust Vectoring Design Project at Six Universities: Part I — Project Description and Final Designs." Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo 2013: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition. Volume 4: Ceramics; Concentrating Solar Power Plants; Controls, Diagnostics and Instrumentation; Education; Electric Power; Fans and Blowers. San Antonio, Texas, USA. June 3–7, 2013. V004T08A008. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/GT2013-95602
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