EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), the research and innovation arm of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has been awarded a $5.23M contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. The contract calls for UTRC to create a unique methodology that dramatically reduces the minimum time required to concurrently evolve new materials, their design features and manufacturing processes for use in aerospace applications. The project’s goal is to reduce the current 10-plus-year cycle to two-and-a-half years.
According to G.V. Srinivasan, Ph.D., group leader, Solid Mechanics, UTRC has proposed a revolutionary methodology: an integrated framework that combines material, manufacture, multi-physics analysis and unique design features with innovative approaches to provide material and process improvements.
The anticipated result of the DARPA contract is delivery of a materials development platform (MDP) framework that enables rapid assessment, optimization and maturation of material systems/designs. This platform will provide a critical new capability for a wide range of aerospace applications.
"UTRC is uniquely qualified to execute this type of multidisciplinary approach," stated Srinivasan. "We have proven expertise in aerodynamics, reacting flows, heat transfer, materials and structures, and have achieved success in the past with similar multidisciplinary approaches. This contract award from DARPA serves to reaffirm that UTRC is recognized by the U.S government as one of the premier research and development facilities in America."
UTRC will leverage the expertise and high-fidelity tools of GoHypersonic Incorporated (GHI), a firm known for its cutting edge research and development on advanced hypersonic propulsion systems and vehicles.
Supporting UTRC will be Professor Graham Candler of the University of Minnesota and Professor Iain Boyd of the University of Michigan, leading experts in hypersonic aerodynamics and surface chemistry.
UTRC's G.V. Srinivasan will lead the project. Srinivasan has an extensive background in materials development and has implemented physics-based, multi-disciplinary analysis as standard work at UTC business units.
United Technologies Research Center delivers advanced technologies to the businesses of United Technologies Corp. (UTC) to improve the performance, energy efficiency and cost of UTC products and processes. UTRC also engages with UTC business units and external research organizations to expand the boundaries of science and technology through research and innovation, delivering technology options that meet and anticipate the needs of the marketplace. Founded in 1929, UTRC is headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut and has research and development subsidiaries established in Shanghai, China, and Cork, Ireland. UTRC's affiliate, United Technologies Research Center, Inc., has a research facility in Berkeley, California.
United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit the website at www.utc.com or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.
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