Overview

  • Dr. Britcher currently serves as Associate Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and as Director of graduate Programs for the National Institute of Aerospace
  • Selected Publications

    Articles In Academic Journals

    Year Title
    2015 Feasibility of Dynamic Stability Measurements of Planetary Entry Capsules Using MSBS
    2012 Aerodynamics of urban maglev vehiclesProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit. 561-567.
    2009 Boundary Interference of High Blockage Models in Open-Jet Test SectionsSAE International Journal of Passenger Cars – Mechanical Systems. pp.883-895.
    2006 Trajectory Management Concepts for Future Small Aircraft Transportation SystemsAIAA Journal of Aircraft.
    2006 Wind Tunnel Boundary Corrections for a 1903 Wright Flyer ReplicaAIAA Journal of Aircraft. pp. 64-71.
    2006 Wind-tunnel boundary corrections for a full-scale 1903 Wright Flyer replicaJournal of Aircraft. 64-71.
    2004 Analysis of the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel and Design of an Educational DerivativeAIAA Paper. 1-9.
    2004 Flying Qualities of the Wright 1903 Flyer: From Simulation to Flight TestAIAA Paper. 1-10.
    2004 Physical model of a propeller slipstream interacting with a boundary layer at low Reynolds numberAIAA Paper.
    2004 Predicted Flight Performance of the Wright ‘Flyer’Based on Full-Scale Tunnel DataAIAA Paper. 1-10.
    2003 An Evaluation of the Wright 1901 Glider using Full-Scale Wind Tunnel DataJournal of Aircraft. 417-424.
    2003 Effect of propeller slipstream on heat-exchanger installations at low Reynolds numberJournal of Aircraft. 751-758.
    2001 Experimental investigation of multielement airfoil lift hysteresis due to flap riggingJournal of Aircraft. 703-708.
    2000 Experimental geometry optimization techniques for multi-element airfoilsJournal of Aircraft. 707-713.
    1998 37th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit January 11-14, 1999/Reno, NV
    1998 Eddy current influences on the dynamic behaviour of magnetic suspension systems
    1998 Wind Tunnel Magnetic Suspension and Balance Systems With Transversely Magnetized Model Cores
    1997 Jurassic tunnel- The life, death and resurrection of the Langley Full-Scale TunnelWind tunnels and wind tunnel test techniques. 8.
    1996 Computational Analysis of Static and Dynamic Behaviour of Magnetic Suspensions and Magnetic Bearings
    1996 Design and Implementation of a Digital Controller for a Vibration Isolation and Vernier Pointing System3rd International Symposium on Magnetic Suspension Technology.
    1996 Experimental Optimization Methods for Multi-Element Airfoils (Final Report, period ended 31 Aug. 1996)AIAA 19th Advanced Measurement and Ground Testing Conference.
    1994 Boundary-layer influences on the subsonic near-wake of bluff bodiesJournal of Aircraft. 443-444.
    1994 Some further developments in the dynamic modelling and control of the large angle magnetic suspension test fixture
    1993 A magnetic suspension system with a large angular rangeReview of scientific instruments. 1910-1917.
    1992 Analysis, modelling and simulation of the large-angle magnetic suspension test fixture
    1991 Interference-free measurements of the subsonic aerodynamics of slanted-base ogive cylindersAIAA Journal. 520-525.
    1991 Recent aerodynamic measurements with magnetic suspension systemsHigh Reynolds Number Flows Using Liquid and Gaseous Helium. 165.
    1991 Stability considerations for magnetic suspension systems using electromagnets mounted in a planar array
    1989 Subsonic sting interference on the drag of a family of slanted-base ogive-cylinders
    1988 Super magnets for large tunnels
    1987 Digital control of wind tunnel magnetic suspension and balance systems
    1985 Progress toward magnetic suspension and balance systems for large wind tunnels.J. AIRCRAFT.. 264-269.
    1984 A flying superconducting magnet and cryostat for magnetic suspension of wind-tunnel modelsCryogenics. 185-189.
    1984 Progress towards large wind tunnel magnetic suspension and balance systems

    Chapters

    Year Title
    1998 Application of magnetic suspension and balance systems to Ultra-High Reynolds number facilitiesFlow at Ultra-High Reynolds and Rayleigh Numbers. Springer.
    1998 Opportunities for Application of Superconducting Magnet Technology to Large-Scale Magnetic SuspensionsAdvances in Superconductivity X. Springer.

    Conference Papers

    Year Title
    2017 An Aeroacoustic Study of Propellers for Small Electric Propulsion Aircraft.  3710.
    2016 Studies of a Hot Wire Anemometer with Digital Feedback.  4324.
    2014 A Study of Potential Test Capabilities of the NASA Langley 0.3-Meter Transonic Cryogenic Wind Tunnel.  2654.
    2012 Investigation and active control of bluff body vortex shedding using plasma actuators.  2012.
    2009 Further Analysis of Pickup Trucks Aerodynamics
    2008 Development of an Acoustic Measurement Technique for Automobile Testing in Open-Jet Wind Tunnels
    2008 Phase Averaged Velocity Fields for Bluff Bodies Using a PIV System
    2007 A Numerical Method to Predict Boundary Distortion and Interference of Open Jet Test Sections
    2006 A New Approach for Calibration of Hot-Wires for Use in Uncertain Environments
    2006 Descent Management Strategies for Future Small Aircraft Transportation Systems
    2005 A High Performance Aircraft Wind Tunnel Test Using Response Surface Methods
    2005 Aerodynamic Calibration of an Automotive Climatic Wind Tunnel
    2005 Comparison of Aerodynamic Measurements of a Full-Scale NASCAR in Open and Closed Jet Test Section
    2005 Trajectory Management Concepts for Future Small Aircraft Transportation Systems
    2004 1903 Wright Flyer Simulation for Flight Support and Training.  4825.
    2004 Boundary interference assessment and correction for open test section wind tunnels using panel methods.  2004-609.
    2004 Low thermal loss cryogenic transfer line with magnetic suspension.  1869-1876.
    2003 A New Education Program for Aerospace Graduate Students.  798.
    2003 Energy efficient cryogenic transfer line with magnetic suspension.  321-327.
    2002 Ancient Integrals and Modern Numerics-Where’s the Physics?
    2002 Experimental investigation of the effect of propeller slipstream on a heat exchanger installation at low Reynolds number
    2000 A study of ground simulation for wind tunnel testing of full-scale NASCAR’s.  153.
    2000 Experimental investigation of the effect of propeller slipstream on boundary layer behavior at low reynolds number.  267-276.
    1999 A power-on full-scale wind tunnel test of a UAV.  3166.
    1999 Design optimization of magnetic suspension systems.  832.
    1999 Surface Heat Exchangers for Aircraft Applications: A Technical Review and Historical Survey.  1999-0119.
    1998 From the 30 by 60 to the Langley Full Scale Tunnel.  145.
    1995 Advanced experimental methods for multi-element airfoils.  1784.
    1993 Dynamic modelling of a laboratory model magnetic suspension test fixture with large angular capability.  1506-1514.
    1993 The influence of the boundary layer on the subsonic near-wake of a family of bluff bodies.  525.
    1992 A description of a laboratory model magnetic suspension test fixture with large angular capability.  454-459.
    1992 Large-gap magnetic suspension systems
    1988 An experimental investigation of the aerodynamic characteristics of slanted base ogive cylinders using magnetic suspension technology
    1988 Progress towards extreme attitude testing with Magnetic Suspension and Balance Systems.  2012.
    1988 TEST TECHNIQUES-A survey paper on cryogenic wind tunnels, adaptive wall test sections and magnetic suspension.  705.
    1979 The Southampton University magnetic suspension/cryogenic wind tunnel facility.  10.

    Research Overview

  • Wind tunnel design and test techniques; experimental aerodynamics; magnetic suspension and levitation
  • Grants

  • Director of Graduate Programs, National Institute of Aerospace  awarded by National Institute of Aerospace Associates 2017 - 2020
  • Failure Analysis Bonded Joints and Prog. Failure Analysis of Composite Structures  awarded by National Institute of Aerospace Associates 2017 - 2019
  • Magnetic Wind Tunnel for Extracting Pitch Damping Data  awarded by National Institute of Aerospace Associates 2017 - 2018
  • Virginia Space Grant Consortium – Altamirano  awarded by VSGC 2017 - 2018
  • Development of a Digital Bridge Thermal Anemometer  awarded by VIGYAN 2015 - 2017
  • NIA Wind Tunnel Blunt Body Entry Vehicles  awarded by National Institute of Aerospace Associates 2015 - 2017
  • Subsonic Magnetic Suspension Wind Tunnel for Use Extracting Pitch Damping Data of Blunt Body Entry Vehicles  awarded by NIA/NASA 2015 - 2017
  • NIA Director of Graduate Programs  awarded by NIA 2014 - 2017
  • Low Noise Propellers for GL-10  awarded by NIA/NASA 2015 - 2016
  • Feasibility of a Magnetic Suspension System for EDL Testing  awarded by NIA/NASA 2015
  • Thrust Prediction for a Rotor Operating in a Ship Airwake  awarded by NAVAIR 2013 - 2014
  • RASC-AL Robo-Ops  awarded by NIA/NASA 2012 - 2013
  • 2008-09, Demonstrate Maglev M3 (Magnetic Leviation train) on ODU Guideway, Ridership study  awarded by MagneMotion, Inc 2008 - 2009
  • Demonstrate Maglev M3 on ODU Guideway  awarded by MagneMotion, Inc 2008 - 2009
  • M3 Maglev on the ODU Guideway  awarded by MagneMotion Inc. - 2009
  • Further Developments of a Magnetic Suspension and Balance System (MSBS) for the Princeton/ONR High Reynolds Number Testing Facility (HRTF)  awarded by Office of Naval Research (ONR) No.: N00014-05-1-0724 2005 - 2006
  • Energy State Management in a SATS Environment - Phase 3  awarded by Virginia SATS Lab and National Consortium for Aviation Mobility, Hampton, Virginia 2005
  • Virginia Space Grant Consortium – Yuksek  awarded by VSGC 2004 - 2005
  • High Reynolds Number Test Facility  awarded by ONR - 2005
  • Energy State Management in a SATS Environment - Phase 2  awarded by Athena Technologies, Manassas, Virginia 2003 - 2004
  • Virginia Space Grant Consortium - Breitenbach  awarded by VSGC 2003 - 2004
  • Aerodynamic Calibration of the Behr America Climatic Wind Tunnel  awarded by Behr America - 2004
  • Small Aircraft Transportation System  awarded by NASA - 2004
  • Energy State Management in a SATS Environment - Phase 1  awarded by Athena Technologies, Manassas, Virginia 2003
  • Magnetic Suspension Technology  awarded by NASA 1999 - 2001
  • Supplemental Funds for Characterization, Control and Commissioning of the Magnetic Suspension and Balance System for the Princeton/ONR High Reynolds Number Testing Facility  awarded by Princeton University Grant 150-67555-1 1999 - 2000
  • Characterization, Control and Commissioning of the Magnetic Suspension and Balance System for the Princeton/ONR High Reynolds Number Testing Facility  awarded by Office of Naval Research Grant N00014-99-1-0298 1998 - 2000
  • Graduate Student Researchers Program - Bloodgood  awarded by NASA 1997 - 2000
  • Feasibility Study of Technology Development Center  awarded by UVa 1998 - 1999
  • Virginia Space Grant Consortium - Cain  awarded by VSGC 1998 - 1999
  • Virginia Space Grant Consortium - Bloodgood  awarded by VSGC 1997 - 1999
  • Feasibility Study of Technology Development Center  awarded by CIT 1997 - 1998
  • Aerodynamics of Cooling Systems for High Altitude Atmospheric Research Aircraft, Amtech JSRA 8.6-7.0  awarded by Amtech/ NASA Dryden 1996 - 1997
  • Instructional course related to calibration of the NASA Transonic Dynamics Tunnel  awarded by NASA 1996 - 1997
  • Wind tunnel measurements - hot films  awarded by Tao/TAC - 1997
  • Development of Low Drag Heat Exchangers for High Altitude Atmospheric Science Aircraft  awarded by Aurora/CIT 1994 - 1995
  • Large Angle Magnetic Suspension Test Fixture  awarded by NASA 1990 - 1995
  • Lecture series  awarded by Amtech - 1995
  • Demonstration Cavity-Store Separation and Other Aerodynamic Tests  awarded by NASA 1991 - 1992
  • Wind Tunnel Magnetic Suspension and Balance Systems  awarded by NASA 1990 - 1991
  • Dynamic Stability Testing with Magnetic Suspension Systems  awarded by NASA 1988 - 1989
  • Wind Tunnel Magnetic Suspension and Balance Systems  awarded by NASA 1987 - 1989
  • Sidewall Boundary Layer Effects in Two-Dimensional Airfoil Testing  awarded by NASA - 1986
  • Wind Tunnel Magnetic Suspension and Balance Systems  awarded by NASA - 1986
  • Keywords

  • Aerospace Engineering : Experimental methods,aerodynamics,wind tunnels,magnetic suspension
  • Education And Training

  • Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Southampton University 1983
  • B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, University of Southampton 1978
  • Full Name

  • Colin Britcher