College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Civil engineering researcher’s work creates newer and faster technologies for high-rate systems (text only)

We don’t yet drive hypersonic vehicles, but someday these fast-moving modes of transportation may be one more engineering innovation improved by the work of Iowa State researcher Simon Laflamme.

New technologies and algorithms enable quicker decision making for high-rate engineering systems that will improve safety mechanisms and performance. For Laflamme, an associate professor in civil engineering, the research will better protect the integrity of structures.

“These technologies and algorithms would enable the integration of mitigation and control systems. This would make these high-rate systems safer and
improve their performance,” Laflamme says.

The next step is demonstrating the capabilities of the new technology. In the future, Laflamme’s work could be utilized in high-tech inventions like hypersonic vehicles.

Laflamme’s research is in close collaboration with the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate and is sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research