Robert Davis has been selected to participate in the 2015 Army Educational Outreach Program's (AEOP) College Qualified Leaders program (CQL). Robert will spend the summer at the Vehicle Applied Research Division (VARD) within the US Army Research Laboratory's Vehicle Technology Directorate (VTD) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. His summer research experience will explore the impact reliability investments can have on rotorcraft operation and support (O&S) costs and affordability by considering concepts such as tradespace exploration, rotorcraft sizing and performance, Reliability, Availability, Maintainanability, and Cost (RAM-C), O&S, logistics, and lifecycle cost (LCC).
This research will support the Joint Multi-Role Rotorcraft Technology Demonstrator (JMR TD), which is intended to reduce the risk of technologies that can transition to the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative. The FVL initiative will develop a family of aircraft for the U.S. Armed Forces to replace the UH-60 Black Hawk, AH-64 Apache, CH-47 Chinook, and OH-58 Kiowa rotorcraft. The goal of the summer research is to develop reliability models that can help the Department of Defense (DoD) achieve significant cost savings over the lifetime of the joint attach, utility, cargo, and reconnaissance FVL variants.