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Aerospace Professor Co-editor and Author of Hypersonic Testing Book

November 7, 2002

Dr. Frank Lu, a professor of aerospace engineering at The University of Texas in Arlington, has announced the publication of his book Advanced Hypersonic Test Facilities. Lu’s co-editor is Dan Marren, lead hypersonic investigator at the USAF’s Arnold Engineering Development Center in White Oak, Maryland. Both men also contributed chapters to the book.

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is publishing the book as one of its Progress in Aeronautics and Astronautics archival series documenting the rapid technological advances in aerospace and related fields. Lu and Marren have been working on the book for more than two and a half years, selecting the 19 contributors for each of the book’s chapters and writing some of the chapters themselves. Together, the chapters form a compendium of advanced technical presentations on hypersonic flight facilities and studies.

Studies on hypersonic flight cover a diversity of phenomena and specialties, so it is difficult for a researcher to know what others are doing. “That’s the main advantage of this book,” said Lu, “being able to be brought up-to-date quickly without having to conduct an extensive and exhausting search. We selected leaders in their field to contribute their knowledge, including some from non-traditional as well as traditional powerhouses in hypersonic studies.” Chapter authors are conducting research in the U.S., China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia. “Reports on activities in the former Soviet Union are particularly interesting,” said Lu. “Now there’s a greater sense of openness and collaboration.”

Lu believes the book will provide positive exposure for UTA’s position in hypersonic studies. From 1992 to 1996, NASA funded a Center for Hypersonic Research at UTA, and hypersonic flight still plays an important part in aerospace research here. For example, Lu and Don Wilson, chair of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department within the College of Engineering, are working on a pulse-detonation engine that could eventually power an aircraft to speeds near Mach 12.