Aircraft Structure Materials
David Lanning of Aerospace Engineering has multiple projects and is working with multiple teams of students. Most of Lanning's research centers around fatigue analysis of aircraft structures. Of particular interest is work that he and students have been doing to determine the effect that foreign object debris (FOD) has on the life of turbine blades. First, his teams inflicts FOD damage on a turbine blade then they test a specimen representative of the blade through about a million cycles of load to determine if the fatigue life has deteriorated associated with the damage inflicted on the blade.
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
A Professor in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Lanning was recently named Distinguished Faculty member for the year 2008-2009.