Aaron Altman

Contact Information

  • Email: Aaron Altman
  • Phone: 937-229-5353
  • Location: Kettering Laboratories Room 363 D

Aaron Altman

Professor; Director, Graduate Aerospace Program

  • Full-Time Faculty

Selected Publications

REFEREED JOURNAL

  • Wabick, K., M. Memon, A. Altman, and R. Buffo. 2015. Wingtip vortices from an exergy-based perspective. AIAA Journal of Aircraft (April).
  • Geyman, Matthew, Aaron Altman, and Greg Parker. 2014. Wing/wall aerodynamic interactions in free flying, maneuvering MAVS. International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles 6, no. 2.
  • Hammer, Patrick, Aaron Altman, Franklin Eastep. 2014. A discrete vortex method application to attached and separated low Reynolds number unsteady flows. AIAA Journal 52, no. 3: 643-649. doi: 10.2514/1.J052510
  • Kang, Hantae, Nicola Genco, and Aaron Altman. 2013. Empirically derived biplane lift as a function of gap and stagger. Journal of Aircraft 50, no. 1: 292-298 (January).
  • Garnet, Mark, and Aaron Altman. 2009. Identification of any aircraft by its unique turbulent wake signature. Journal of Aircraft 46, no. 1 (January-February): 263-268.
  • Hong, Young sun, and Aaron Altman. 2008. Lift from spanwise flow in simple flapping wings. Journal of Aircraft 45, no. 4 (July-August).
  • Hong, Young sun, and Aaron Altman. 2007. Streamwise vorticity in simple mechanical flapping wings. Journal of Aircraft 44, no. 5 (September-October): 1588-1597.
  • Kang, Hantae, and Aaron Altman. 2007. Generalized empirical airfoil stagnation point location prediction. Journal of Aircraft 44, no. 2 (March-April): 698–701.
  • Kaplan, Sergey, Aaron Altman, and Michael Ol. 2007. Wake vorticity measurements for low aspect ratio wings at low Reynolds number. Journal of Aircraft 44, no. 1 (January-February): 241-251.

INVITED LECTURES

  • Altman, Aaron. 2015. How test pilots can motivate the next generation. University of Dayton, Handling Qualities Competition, Great Lakes Section, Society of Experimental Test Pilots Symposium, May.
  • Altman, Aaron. 2015. Modern aerodynamics: What will it buy you, what will it cost you? Pub Science, February, in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Altman, Aaron. 2014. Determining wing performance from measurements in the turbulent self-preserved wake. University of Maryland, Department of Aerospace Engineering, November, in College Park, Maryland.

PAPERS PUBLISHED AT CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

  • Zientarski, Lauren, Christopher Marks, Aaron Altman, and James Joo. 2015. Wind tunnel testing of variable camber wing with multiple load cell test fixture. 31st Aerodynamic Measurement Technology and Ground Testing Conference, AIAA 15-300, June, in Dallas, Texas.
  • Gunasekaran, Sidaard, Aaron Altman, and Kenneth Granlund. 2015. Trends in early vortex formation on a wall-to-wall plate in pure plunge. 53rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, AIAA 15-1753, January, in Orlando, Florida.
  • Gunasekaran, Sidaard, Aaron Altman, and Michael Ol. 2015. Errors in off-axis loading of off-the-shelf 6-component force transducers: A cautionary tale. 53rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, AIAA 15-1562, January, in Orlando, Florida.
  • Altman, Aaron. 2015. Closing the loop on aircraft conceptual sizing using the Merlin flight simulator. 53rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, AIAA 15-1012, January, in Orlando, Florida.
  • Wabick, K., M. Memon, A. Altman, and R. Buffo. 2014. Wingtip vortices from an exergy-based perspective. 52nd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, AIAA 14-0955, January, in National Harbor, Maryland.
  • Gunasekaran, S., and A. Altman. 2014. Wing performance insight from the self-preserved turbulent wake. 52nd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, AIAA 14-0247, January, in National Harbor, Maryland.
  • Lego, Z., and A. Altman. 2013. Analysis of a variable camber wing during highly unsteady maneuvers. 31st Applied Aerodynamics Conference, AIAA 13- 3053, June, in San Diego, California.
  • Altman, A., and S. Gunasekaran. 2013. Identification of aircraft by their unique turbulent wake signature: Progress with experimental validation. 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, AIAA 13- 1120, January, in Grapevine, Texas.

PRESENTATIONS

  • Gunasekaran, Sidaard, Aaron Altman, and Michael Ol. 2015. Errors in off-axis loading of off-the-shelf 6-component force transducers: A cautionary tale. Subsonic Aerodynamic Testing Association, June, in Newport News, Virginia.
  • Gunasekaran, S., and A. Altman. 2015. Reducing aircraft drag through a new perspective on the wingtip vortex roll-up process. 40th Annual Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium, March, in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Gunasekaran, S., and A. Altman. 2015. Errors in off-axis loading of off-the-shelf 6-component force transducers: A cautionary tale. 40th Annual Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium, March, in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Qureshi, S., and A. Altman. 2015. Aerial firebombing: An empirical approach to determining drop patterns. 40th Annual Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium, March, in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Memon, O., and A. Altman. 2015. Analysis of wingtip vortices through the lens of exergy. 40th Annual Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium, March, in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Zientarski, L., C. Marks, A. Altman, and J. Joo. 2015. Wind tunnel testing of variable camber wing with multiple load cell test fixture. 40th Annual Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium, March, in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Qureshi, S., and A. Altman. 2015. Aerial firebombing: An empirical approach to determining drop patterns. 40th Annual Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium, March, in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Memon, O., and A. Altman. 2015. Analysis of wingtip vortices through the lens of exergy. 40th Annual Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium, March, in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Zientarski, L., C. Marks, A. Altman, and J. Joo. 2015. Wind tunnel testing of variable camber wing with multiple load cell test fixture. 40th Annual Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium, March, in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Altman, A. 2015. Closing the loop on aircraft conceptual sizing using the Merlin flight simulator. 40thAnnual Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium, March, in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Gunasekaran, S., A. Altman, and K. Granlund. 2014. Trends in early vortex formation on a wall-to-wall plate in pure plunge. 10th Annual Dayton Engineering Sciences Symposium, October, in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Gunasekaran, S., A. Altman, and M. Ol. 2014. Errors in off-axis loading of off-the-shelf, 6–component force transducers: A cautionary tale. 10th Annual Dayton Engineering Sciences Symposium, October, in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Altman, A. 2014. Upgrades to the AFRL wind tunnels. Subsonic Aerodynamic Testing Association, June, in Bremen, Germany.
  • Altman, A. 2014. Upgrades to the University of Dayton Low Speed Wind Tunnel – The never-ending saga. Subsonic Aerodynamic Testing Association, June, in Bremen, Germany.
  • Gunasekaran, S., A. Altman, and M. Ol. 2014. Errors in off-axis loading of off-the-shelf 6-component force transducers: A cautionary tale. 10th Annual Dayton Engineering Sciences Symposium, October, in Dayton, Ohio. Altman, A. 2014. Upgrades to the AFRL wind tunnels. Subsonic Aerodynamic Testing Association, June, in Bremen, Germany.
  • Altman, A. 2014. Upgrades to the University of Dayton Low Speed Wind Tunnel–The never-ending saga. Subsonic Aerodynamic Testing Association, June, in Bremen, Germany.
  • Gunasekaran, S., and A. Altman. 2014. Wing performance insight from the self-preserved turbulent wake. 39thAnnual Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium, March, in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Gunasekaran, S., and A. Altman. 2014. Identification of aircraft by their unique turbulent wake signature: Progress with experimental validation. 39th Annual Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium, March, in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Gunasekaran, S., and A. Altman. 2014. Analysis of rapidly pitching wings using superposition of rotational circulation. 39th Annual Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium, March, in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Memon, O., K. Wabick, A. Altman, and R. Buffo. 2014. Wingtip vortices from an exergy-based perspective. 39th Annual Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium, March, in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Gunasekaran, S., and A. Altman. 2013. Wing performance insight from the self-preserved turbulent wake. 9th Annual Dayton Engineering Sciences Symposium, October, in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Gunasekaran, S., and A. Altman. 2013. Identification of any aircraft by its unique turbulence wake signature. 9th Annual Dayton Engineering Sciences Symposium, October, in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Memon, O., K. Wabick, A. Altman, and R. Buffo. 2013. Wingtip vortices from an exergy-based perspective. 9th Annual Dayton Engineering Sciences Symposium, October, in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Altman, A. 2013. Musings on vortex formation and shedding. 38th Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium, March, in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Lego, Z., and A. Altman. 2013. Analysis of a variable camber wing during highly unsteady maneuvers. 38th Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium, March, in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Gunasekaran, S., and A. Altman. 2013. Analysis of rapidly pitching wings using superposition of rotational circulation. 38th Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium, March, in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Gunasekaran, S., and A. Altman. 2013. Identification of aircraft by their unique turbulent wake signature: Progress with experimental validation. 38th Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium, March, in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Wabick, K., O. Memon, and A. Altman. 2013. Exergy variation in wingtip vortices as a function of angle of attack. 38th Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium, Dayton, Ohio, March 2013.
  • Wabick, K., A. Altman, K. Granlund, and M. Ol. 2013. Correction to classical lift curve slope at low Reynolds number. 38th Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium, March, in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Altman, A. 2002. A comparative study to identify the propeller-driven HALE UAV configuration with the maximum endurance performance. AIAA 1st Conference and Workshop on Unmanned Aerospace Vehicles, Systems, Technologies and Operations, May, in Portsmouth, Virginia.

CONTRACTS, GRANTS for SPONSORED RESEARCH

  • Altman, A. (Co-Principal), and S.S. Altman (Co-Principal). Wind tunnel flow diagnostics and test support. AFRL/RQVX, Federal, $195,000.00. (October 2013 - October 2014).
  • Altman, A. (Co-Principal), and S.S. Altman (Co-Principal). Wind tunnel flow diagnostics and test support. AFRL/RQVX, Federal, $185,000.00. (October 2012 - October 2013).

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Aeronautical Engineering, Cranfield University, England, 2001
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1994
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics, Tulane University, 1990

Professional Activities

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee, Local Section Council Member, Associate Fellow, Student Branch Faculty Advisor)
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
  • Louisiana State Board of Registered Professional Engineers
  • Pi Tau Sigma
  • Pi Mu Epsilon, National Mathematics Honor Society
  • Subsonic Aerodynamic Testing Association (University of Dayton representative)

Research Interests

  • Vortex Formation and Shedding
  • Wingtip Vortex Formation and Lift Induced Drag Reduction
  • Applied Low Speed Aerodynamics and Testing
  • Experimental Low Reynolds number and Unsteady Low Reynolds number Fluid Mechanics
  • Aircraft Turbulent Wakes
  • Flapping Wing Aerodynamics
  • Experimental Unsteady Aerodynamics
  • Unconventional and Morphing Air Vehicle Configuration, Design, Performance and Aerodynamics
  • Vertical and Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
  • Bird Perching Aerodynamics
  • Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
  • Air Vehicle Design

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