Published: July 19, 2019 By
The hypersonics conference underway.

The top researchers in the field of hypersonics have wrapped up a week-long conference highlighting the latest developments in the subject.

The 2019 Hypersonic Aerothermodynamics Portfolios Review, sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Office of Naval Research, and the Hypersonic Vehicle Simulation Institute brought approximately 100 leading researchers to the brand new aerospace engineering sciences building at the University of Colorado Boulder.

“Colorado is a prime location for atmospheric science research, which is critical for hypersonics. The conference being here brings together local experts and people from all over. There are folks here not just from the US, but also but also Europe, South America, and Australia,” said Brian Argrow, chair of the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU Boulder.

Hypersonic flight, which is typically defined as speeds of Mach 5 or above, crosses numerous research disciplines in aeronautics and astronautics. The symposium featured talks on:

  • Shock-wave/Boundary-Layer Interaction
  • Boundary Layer Transition
  • Compressible Turbulent Flows
  • Flow-Structure Interaction
  • Diagnostics, Facilities and Instrumentation
  • Propulsion

The conference is the first large-scale event to take place in the new aerospace building, which only opened for use last month.

“Everyone I talked to about the venue was very happy with the location (people want to come back for another review to Boulder!), they really appreciated the size and layout of the room, the acoustics and the screens. Everything worked great, even though the building is still being finished,” said Ivett Leyva, an aerospace engineer at AFOSR and the conference co-organizer.