Forum 58 Best Papers

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The Society's Annual Forum & Technology Display is the world's leading international technical event on vertical flight technology. The three-day meeting includes more than 200 technical papers on every discipline from Acoustics to Uncrewed VTOL. Forum Proceedings papers can be purchased as individual pdf files or as CD-ROMs from the VFS Online Store.

Every year, the best paper in each technical discipline is selected by the Society's Technical Committees. All of the best papers from each technical discipline from every Annual Forum since 2001 – including the overall Alfred Gessow Best Paper Award since 2004 – are recognized as some of the most important technical contributions in the field of vertical flight.

The Forum 58 (2002) winning technical papers are linked below.

Technical Area Title of Paper Author(s)
Acoustics Toward a Better Understanding of Maneuvering Rotorcraft Noise K. Brentner, G. Perez, and G. Brès, The Pennsylvania State University; H. Jones, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command
Aerodynamics Experimental and Theoretical Investigations to Develop a Model of Rotor Aerodynamics Adapted to Steep Descents 
A. Taghizad, J. Jimenez, L. Binet, and D. Heuzé, ONERA
Aircraft Design Helicopter Vibration Reduction Using Fixed-System Auxiliary Moments F. Gandhi and M.K. Sekula, The Pennsylvania State University
Avionics and Systems Army Aviation Situational Awareness Through Intelligent Agent-Based Discovery, Propagation, and Fusion of Information S. Jameson and C. Stoneking, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories
Crash Safety Occupant Responses in a Full-Scale Crash Test of the Sikorsky ACAP Helicopter K.E. Jackson, E.L. Fasanella and R. Boitnott, U.S. Army Research Laboratory and J. McEntire and A. Lewis, U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory
Crew Stations & Human Factors Contact Analog/Compressed Symbology Heading Tape Assessment A. Atencio and T. Turpin, Turpin Technologies; R.J. Shively, U.S. Army Aeroflightdynamics Directorate; S. Dowell, San Jose State University Foundation
Dynamics Validation and Understanding of UH-60A Vibration Loads in Steady Level Flight A. Datta and I. Chopra, University of Maryland
Handling Qualities RAH-66 Comanche Core AFCS Control Law Development: DEMVAL to EMD B.D. Kothmann, The Boeing Co.; J. Armbrust, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
Health and Usage Monitoring Systems Integrating Oil Debris and Vibration Gear Damage Detection Technologies Using Fuzzy Logic   P. Dempsey, NASA Glenn Research Center; A.A. Afjeh, The University of Toledo
Manufacturing UH-60 Tail Rotor Spar D. Martin and P. Medeiros, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
Lichten Award Presentation Open Design for Helicopter Active Control Systems   Geoffrey J. Jeram, Georgia Institute of Technology
Operations A Simulation Model to Investigate the Impact of Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) on Helicopter Operations and Maintenance C.G. Schaefer, Jr., FutureLink, Inc.; D.J. Haas, Naval Surface Warfare Center
Product Support Corrosion in Military Rotorcraft: A Current Assessment of US Army Experience
K. Rees, U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command
Propulsion Torque Splitting by a Concentric Face Gear Transmission  R.R. Filler, G.F. Heath, and S.C. Slaughter, The Boeing Co. and D.G. Lewicki, NASA Glenn Research Center
STOVL/Powered Lift French Low-Speed V/STOL Concepts of the Twentieth Century M. Hirschberg, CENTRA Technology, Inc.; T. Muller, Salzmann Buchhandlung, and A. Rocher, Villiers Sur Marne, France
Structures and Materials Static and Dynamic Characterization of a Flexible Matrix Composite Material Y. Shan and C.E. Bakis, The Pennsylvania State University
Test and Evaluation Projection Moiré Interferometry for Rotorcraft Applications: Deformation Measurements of Active Twist Rotor Blades G.A. Fleming, H. Soto and B. South, NASA Langley Research Center