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AEROSPACE ENGINEERING - the form of its wings and ending...

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Hernando, Diego Thursday, February 28, 2008 Team 15, Section Number: 501 AEROSPACE ENGINEERING There are four traditional Aerospace topics: Aeronautical systems (atmospheric flight), Astronautical systems (space flight), Aero elasticity (mainly about wings), and Fluid mechanics. But the department of Aerospace is very interested in getting more involve in the new frontiers where there is topics like Multifunctional composite materials, Materials and structures, Intelligent robotics, Autonomous systems, and Dynamics and control. Then the presentation gave us a little of aircraft and spacecraft history, beginning with the year 1903 when the Wright brothers flew for the first time. Also they talked the year 2003 when the NASA Helios was created, which is a kind of airplane that can change
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Unformatted text preview: the form of its wings, and ending with the “coolest aircraft,” the 787. The 787 is the coolest aircraft because its structure is mainly made of composite materials. Next on the Aerospace presentation the topic of smart materials was introduced. These smart materials are metals that change form (bend) when applied a stimulant. They talked about how if this smart materials could be use on airplanes just as they have been used on smart skis, smart bikes, etc. And the possibility of harvesting energy by using this smart materials. Then the subject was changed to robotics and dynamics & control, where they put us a video of robots playing soccer, which was very fun. Then to finish off they made us take the quiz “Say the color not the word.”...
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