In the past decade, CAS has gained a worldwide reputation as a leader in the development of analysis and design methods for coupled multi-field problems, particularly in the context of aeroelasticity. The methods pioneered by CAS faculty have become standard tools in academia and industry for analyzing complete aircraft configurations. This work is complemented by the development of high-performance parallel computing strategies. In past years, additional focus areas have included the development of models and design methods for multi-functional material systems and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). The latter two research areas are considered to be key components of next-generation technologies in aerospace, mechanical, and bio-medical engineering.
Another CAS research focus is the multidisciplinary analysis and design optimization group. CAS faculty develop synergistic approaches to the optimization of complex vehicle systems. Disciplines of interest include aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, propulsion, structures, aeroelasticity, aeroservoelasticity, trajectory, and mission design. Applications range from missiles and atmospheric cruisers to launch vehicles and reentry configurations.
An emerging research thrust in CAS is concerned with the multiscale dynamics of composite materials and structures. This research, which involves analysis, design, and computational studies, aims at developing new material and structural concepts for aerospace and alternative applications. For example, novel phononic crystals are being developed for improved vibrations, thermal, and strength characteristics.