UDRI, Beavercreek firm land $44M Air Force contract

University of Dayton Research Institute has been awarded a $44 million-ceiling Air Force contract to develop, test and demonstrate new structures technologies for aerospace vehicles, such as cargo and fighter planes to unmanned air vehicles.

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Beavercreek’s Universal Technology Corp. and Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. of McLean, Va., also were named in the award, announced recently by the Department of Defense.

The seven-year contract for the Structures Engineering Research Program, which will be managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Aerospace Vehicles Division at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, will fund research in structural response prediction, life forecasting and structural integrity; modeling and design; and adaptive, hybrid, multi-functional and thermal structures, UDRI said in an announcement.

The contract included an initial award of $5.7 million for the first three tasks under the program, to include research in multi-disciplinary aerospace system technologies, software engineering and structural life extension.

Work for the award will be performed in Dayton and McLean, Va., the DoD said. Work is expected to be completed by December 2025.

Deputy program manager Matt Davies, senior research engineer in UDRI’s Applied Mechanics division, said the structures group has a history of work in developing aerospace structures.

Recent work has included research into structural design concepts, particularly for thermal and adaptive structures.

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“Part of what we do is look at how to extend the life of existing structures, but without sacrificing reliability or safety,” Davies said in UDRI’s statement. “With this new contract we will have the opportunity to work with next-generation structures and vehicles, such as those that use advanced composite and multifunctional materials.”

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