Workshop on

Prognosis of Aircraft and Space Devices, Components, and Systems

Sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Kingsgate Marriott Conference Hotel, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

February 19 and 20, 2008



The objective of the Workshop is to bring together key researchers from academia with leading experts from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and leading aerospace companies to discuss and identify scientifically sound directions and achievable specific targets for the anticipated Discovery Challenge Thrust (DCT) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) to be issued by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).

Workshop Topics:

The scope of the proposed workshop will be based on, but not limited to, the recently drafted Air Force document entitled Devices, Components, and Systems Prognosis: A Proposed Discovery Challenge Thrust for AFOSR.  This document envisions an imminent paradigm shift in life prognosis for aircraft and space devices, components, and systems.  Currently, the USAF relies mainly on regular inspections to detect gross defects that might cause component and system failure before the next scheduled inspection.  These inspections are not only interruptive of service, but also very expensive and might case additional damage in critical components that otherwise would have remained in service without significant danger of failure.  In the future, the USAF would like to develop state awareness monitoring capabilities that could enable accurate prediction of the remaining service life and future performance capability of critical components as well as be used to take specific corrective actions to assure mission completion and minimize operating cost and risk.  The workshop will discuss the various issues and ideas presented in the above mentioned preliminary draft document and consider their physical feasibility and relative importance.  Additional ideas will be suggested to supplement or replace some of those in the original document and various means to achieve the stated goals will be debated.  The topics will be focused on airframe and turbine engine issues, but other, e.g., space applications, will be also considered.

Registration, Accommodation, Travel:

Advance registration will be required via e-mail before February 10, 2008, but there is no registration fee.  A special group rate is available at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Hotel for the participants of the workshop for the nights from February 02.18.08 through 02.20.08.  Limited funds are available to cover some of the travel expenses of invited participants in case they need financial assistance to attend the workshop.


Preliminary Program

Abstracts, Presentations


Hotel Reservation

List of Participants

Discovery Challenge Thrust Draft

Workshop Recommendations

University of Cincinnati

Structural Health Monitoring MURI