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Ravichandran K.,University of Maryland University College | Chopra I.,University of Maryland University College | Wake B.E.,UTRC | Hein B.,Sikorsky Aircraft
Journal of the American Helicopter Society | Year: 2013

The comprehensive analysis University ofMaryland Advanced Rotor Code (UMARC) was used to quantify the capabilities of trailing-edge flaps (TEFs) for helicopter vibration reduction and performance improvement. The rotor performance in hover was improved with a combination of torsionally softer blades and positive TEF deflections. Suitable combinations of lower harmonic TEF inputs were shown capable of reducing the rotor power requirement by about 4-5% at an advance ratio of μ=0.4. The TEF was shown to be capable of suppressing vibratory loads at a range of forward speeds, using half peak-to-peak deflections of about 5°-10°. Softening the blades in torsion resulted in larger flap actuation requirements for vibration reduction. A combination of 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5/rev TEF inputs resulted in a power reduction of 1.5%, while also reducing certain vibratory loads by more than 50% in high-speed forward flight. © 2013 The American Helicopter Society. Source

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The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) announced that the Lonestar 5 supercomputer is in full production and is ready to contribute to advancing science across the state of Texas. Managed by TACC, the center's second petaflop system is primed to be a leading computing resource for the engineering and science research community. The supercomputer is sponsored by UT System in partnership with UT Austin, Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University, and the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) and the Center for Space Research at The University of Texas at Austin. The technology partners are Cray, Intel and DataDirect Networks. Lonestar 5 is designed for academic researchers, serving as the primary high performance computing resource in the UT Research Cyberinfrastructure (UTRC) initiative. Sponsored by The University of Texas System (UT System), UTRC provides a combination of advanced computational systems, a large data storage opportunity, and high bandwidth data access. UTRC enables researchers within all 14 UT System institutions to collaborate with each other and compete at the forefront of science and discovery. The new Lonestar 5 Cray XC40 supercomputer, which contains more than 30,000 Intel Xeon processing cores from the E5-2600 v3 product family, provides a peak performance of 1.25 petaflops. With 24 processing cores per compute node, Lonestar 5 follows the trend of more cores per node that the industry sees in every generation of microprocessors. The system is the fifth in a long line of systems available for Texas researchers, dating back over 15 years to the original Lonestar 1 system (also a Cray). The system will continue to serve its mainstay user communities with an emphasis on addressing a wide variety of research areas in engineering, medicine and the sciences. A number of researchers have been using Lonestar 5 in an "early user" mode over the last few months. Researchers from UT System institutions and contributing partners wishing to request access to Lonestar 5 should do so via the TACC User Portal.

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