Fundamentals of Aerospace Engineeing (Second Edition Published)

Posted by on Ago 30, 2017 in Blog, News & Events, Recent Work | 0 comments

Fundamentals of Aerospace Engineering, in its first edition published in 2014, has been a success (in my modest opinion): More than 1500 units sold via the various CreateSpace distribution channels; more than 2500 downloads at the website; more than 12000 reads in ResearchGate. Nevertheless, improvements are always needed. Along these (almost) four years,  several errata have been spotted and corrected in this second edition. In addition, some on the contents have been improved and extended. As in the first edition, the book is divided into three parts, namely: Introduction, The Aircraft, and Air Transportation, Airports, and Air Navigation, including an appendix. Main modifications include the following: new exercises have been proposed, including computer based exercises in the appendix; some chapters have been revised and completed; the air navigation contents have been split into two independent chapters, namely: Air Traffic Management and Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance. As in the first edition, space engineering is almost totally missing. The course originally was aimed at providing an introduction to aeronautical engineering with the focus on commercial aircraft, and thus space vehicles, space systems, space materials, space operations, and/or orbital mechanics are not covered in this book. Neither helicopters or unmanned air vehicles are covered. I refer interested readers to a edX Course entitled {\it The conquest of Space}, an introductory course to space engineering (including both technical and historical insight) prepared by some colleagues at the Aerospace Department at UC3M, including myself. Fundamentals of Aerospace Engineering is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike (CC BY-SA) 3.0 License, and it is offered in open access in “pdf” format. The document can be accessed and downloaded at the book’s website www.aerospaceengineering.es. This licensing is aligned with a philosophy of sharing and spreading knowledge. Writing and revising over and over this book has been an exhausting, very time consuming activity. To acknowledge author’s effort, a donation platform has been activated  at the book’s website. Also, printed copies can be acquired at low cost price (lower than self printing) via...

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Workshop on Meteorology and ATM

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in News & Events, Recent Work | 0 comments

Please find attached a Preliminary Programme of the “Workshop on Meteorology and ATM” that we will have in Seville on 24-25 May 2017. We have programmed a total of 16 presentations divided into 3 sessions, addressing 3 main research themes: — Provision and processing of met predictions — Trajectory analysis subject to met uncertainty — Traffic analysis subject to met uncertainty Activities of Opt-Met and TBO-Met Projects will be...

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AXA POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in News & Events | 0 comments

In 2017 the AXA Research Fund will be proposing up to 25 Post-Doctoral Fellowships to outstanding researchers. You can be awarded a grant for up to €130,000 for an 18 to 24 month period. All research institutions willing to host Post-Doctoral Fellowship candidates that are registered in the AXA Research Fund database will be receiving our two bottom-up calls for applications. It is up to the Institution to identify the best possible candidates to participate in these Post-Doctoral Fellowships campaigns. Candidates will subsequently be expected to submit their application outlining the research project the are to carry out in the host institution nominating them. More info https://www.axa-research.org/en/page/post-doctoral-fellowships UC3M is registered and can participate. Topics include climate change. In particular, it would be very interesting to study the impact of contrails in Global Warming (research line that we currently...

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Convocatoria Ayudas para la contratación de ayudantes de investigación y técnicos de laboratorio

Posted by on Ago 31, 2016 in News & Events | 0 comments

La Comunidad de Madrid ha publicado la convocatoria de las ayudas para la contratación de ayudantes de investigación y técnicos de laboratorio. El plazo para presentar las solicitudes por los tutores es el 8 de septiembre. Toda la información está disponible en el enlace a las convocatorias: http://www.madrimasd.org/madrid-ciencia-tecnologia/convocatorias-dgui/convocatorias-2016#YEI El objetivo de estas ayudas es que las personas jóvenes menores de 30 años, que no tengan ninguna ocupación laboral ni se encuentren estudiando o realizando algún ciclo formativo, puedan recibir una oferta de empleo y así fortalecer los equipos de investigación que desarrollen su trabajo en las áreas de interés estratégico para la Comunidad de Madrid. A diferencia de la convocatoria del año anterior, en esta ocasión en el momento de la solicitud no es necesario presentar al candidato, sino que se solicitan las plazas y una vez se resuelvan se realizaría el proceso de selección. REQUISITOS DEL PERSONAL A CONTRATAR – Estar inscritos en el Fichero del Sistema Nacional de Garantía Juvenil – Estar empadronados en cualquier localidad de la Comunidad de Madrid – No estar vinculados laboralmente con la institución que les contrate – Estar en posesión de la titulación exigida. Para ayudantes de investigación: Licenciado, Ingeniero, Arquitecto, Diplomado, Graduado, Ingeniero Técnico o Arquitecto Técnico. Para técnicos de laboratorio: Técnico o Técnico Superior, en el marco de la Formación Profesional del sistema educativo Extracto de la Orden de convocatoria. En formato PDF (tamaño de 85,56 Kb) Orden de Convocatoria 2016 ayudantes y técnicos de laboratorio. En formato PDF (tamaño de 725,75 Kb) Bases reguladoras de la convocatoria. En formato PDF (tamaño de 155,7...

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Premio Luis Azcárraga 2016

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in News & Events | 0 comments

Fallados los Premios de la Fundación EnAire 2016. El jurado ha tenido a bien conceder el premio Luis Azcárraga 2016, dotado con 12000€ y que distingue trabajos, etudios o proyectos que constituyan una contribución singular para el transporte aéreo, a: D. Alberto Olivares, D. Manuel Soler y D. Ernesto Staffetti por su trabajo: Multiphase Optimal Control Framework for Commercial Aircraft 4D Flight Planning Problems. M. Soler, A. Olivares and E. Staffetti.  Journal of Aircraft. Vol. 52, No. 1, pp. 274-286 2015. DOI: 10.2514/1.C032697 Consulte aquí Bases y el Fallo de los premios en su XXI Edición....

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SESAR H2020 TBO-Met Project launched

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in News & Events | 0 comments

TBO-Met PROJECT On 7 June 2016 took place at the School of Engineering (ETSI) of the University of Seville the Kick-Off meeting of the project entitled “Meteorological Uncertainty Management for Trajectory Based Operations (TBO-Met)”. This project has received funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 699294 under European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The project corresponds to the research topic “Environment & Meteorology for ATM”, which is part of the research area “ATM Excellent Science & Outreach” of the SESAR 2020 Exploratory Research programme (call H2020-SESAR-2015-1). TBO-Met is coordinated by the University of Seville (Spain) and the rest of the consortium is formed by the following members: University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain), University of Salzburg (Austria), MeteoSolutions GmbH (Darmstadt, Germany) and the Spanish meteorological agency  AEMET (Agencia Estatal de Meteorología). The coordinator of the project is Prof. Damián Rivas (drivas@us.es), director of the Group of Aerospace Engineering of ETSI. In this project we address the problem of analysing and quantifying the effects of meteorological uncertainties in Trajectory Based Operations. In particular, two problems are considered: 1) trajectory planning under meteorological uncertainties and 2) sector demand analysis under meteorological uncertainties, which correspond to two different scales: trajectory (micro) scale and sector (meso) scale. In each problem two types of meteorological uncertainties are considered: wind uncertainty and convective zones. Weather predictions will be based on Ensemble Probabilistic Forecasts and Nowcasts. At the trajectory scale, the main objective is to assess and improve the predictability of efficient 4D trajectories when weather uncertainty is taken into account, both at the pre-tactical level (up to three hours before departure) and at the tactical level (during the flight). To reach this goal, a methodology based on the use of stochastic trajectory optimization will be used. At the sector scale, the main objective is to analyse the impact of trajectory planning under weather uncertainty (as performed at the trajectory scale) on sector demand. To achieve this objective, a methodology will be developed to measure the uncertainty of sector demand (probabilistic sector loading), based on the uncertainty of the individual trajectories. This analysis will also provide an understanding of how weather uncertainty is propagated from the trajectory scale to the sector scale (this problem of uncertainty propagation between different scales of the system has been identified as one of the main research challenges in the understanding of the effects of meteorological uncertainty in the ATM system, see http://complexworld.eu/wiki/ComplexWorld_Wiki). The expected outcome of the project is two-fold: 1) to enhance our understanding of the impact of meteorological uncertainty in TBO, and 2) to develop methodologies to quantify the impact of meteorological uncertainty in TBO. The methodologies will be validated using advanced air...

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