Rotorcraft Structures & Survivability Technical Meeting

NASA CH-46 crash test

The AHS Hampton Roads Chapter will hold its Rotorcraft Structures & Survivability Technical Meeting at the the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia on Oct. 24-26, 2017

The theme of the planned 2½ day conference is Innovative Structures and Survivability Solutions for Vertical Lift.” The meeting will highlight research and development efforts, both current and planned, related to manned and unmanned rotorcraft structures, crash safety and vulnerability reduction. The meeting will consist of unclassified, unrestricted presentations.

Presentations are invited on the following topics:

Structures: Presentations are invited for technology applicable to both developmental and legacy aircraft, including durability and damage tolerance, fatigue and fracture mechanics, advanced metallic and composite structures, and structural design criteria. Related topics on affordability, operational sustainability, multi-functionality, weight reduction, novel concepts, and manufacturing methods are desired. A specific focus will be on the development of an Aeronautic Design Standard (ADS) for the Rotorcraft Structural Integrity Program.

Crashworthiness: Presentations are invited for all aspects of crashworthiness relating to rotorcraft and V/STOL aircraft. Emphasis is given to development of new structural design concepts for minimizing occupant post-crash injuries and fatalities, systems integration analyses, crash criteria for rotorcraft, and computational methods for design validation.

Vulnerability Reduction: Presentations are invited relating to design, analysis, and structures technologies that reduce aircraft vulnerability. Topics may include threat and structural response modeling, advanced structural concepts for ballistic tolerance, integrating ballistic protection into primary structure, and design criteria and concepts for optimizing ballistic protection.

If you are interested in presenting, please submit an abstract NLT than Monday, July 24, 2017. Abstracts should include presentation title, presenter(s) name and affiliation(s), contact number and email address and be submitted to Final presentations will be due by October 2, 2017 please download the Call for Presentations here (pdf).


  • General Chair: Susan Gorton, NASA Langley Research Center
  • Technical Chairs: Dr. Karen Jackson, NASA Langley; Dr. Mark Robeson and Mr. Nate Bordick, US Army ADD-AATD


Lodging is available at rate of $91 next door to the convention center at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Hotel Convention Center & Spa, the group rate is available until September 24, 2017. Call 757-827-8200 and ask for Special Group Code RSS or click on Embassy Suites  RSS Group Rate.

Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring the meeting? Contact David Meyer, Exhibit Chair.

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