Rotorcraft Structures & Survivability Technical Meeting

NASA CH-46 crash test

The AHS Hampton Roads Chapter will hold its Rotorcraft Structures & Survivability Technical Meeting at the the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia on Oct. 24-26, 2017

The theme of the planned 2½ day conference is Innovative Structures and Survivability Solutions for Vertical Lift.” The meeting will highlight research and development efforts, both current and planned, related to manned and unmanned rotorcraft structures, crash safety and vulnerability reduction. The meeting will consist of unclassified, unrestricted presentations.

Presentations are expected on the following topics:

Structures: Presentations on technology applicable to both developmental and legacy aircraft, including durability and damage tolerance, fatigue and fracture mechanics, advanced metallic and composite structures, and structural design criteria. Related topics on affordability, operational sustainability, multi-functionality, weight reduction, novel concepts, and manufacturing methods are desired. A specific focus will be on the development of an Aeronautic Design Standard (ADS) for the Rotorcraft Structural Integrity Program.

Crashworthiness: Presentations on all aspects of crashworthiness relating to rotorcraft and V/STOL aircraft, including development of new structural design concepts for minimizing occupant post-crash injuries and fatalities, systems integration analyses, crash criteria for rotorcraft, and computational methods for design validation.

Vulnerability Reduction: Presentations relating to design, analysis, and structures technologies that reduce aircraft vulnerability. Topics may include threat and structural response modeling, advanced structural concepts for ballistic tolerance, integrating ballistic protection into primary structure, and design criteria and concepts for optimizing ballistic protection.

The abstract submission phase has now CLOSED.  Questions, contact Final presentations will be due by October 2, 2017 download the Call for Presentations here (pdf).


  • General Chair: Susan Gorton, NASA Langley Research Center
  • Technical Chairs: Dr. Karen Jackson, NASA Langley; Dr. Mark Robeson and Mr. Nate Bordick, US Army ADD-AATD

 ONLINE REGISTRATION now available – click to the AHS membership portal and sign in to register. Or you can download the registration PDF.

Keynote Speaker: The keynote speaker will be Dr. Karen Jackson, who will present the 2017 Nikolsky Lecture “Advances in Rotorcraft Crashworthiness — Trends Leading To Improved Survivability”.

Reception: There will be an evening reception and dinner at the Virginia Air & Space Center (VASC) on Tuesday, October 24. Conference guests are welcome to view the exhibits during this time.

Preliminary Schedule:

Tuesday, October 24: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm 
Tuesday, October 24: 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm (Reception & Dinner at the Virginia Air & Space Center)
Wednesday, October 25: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday, October 26: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Hotel: Lodging is available at rate of $93 next door to the convention center at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Hotel Convention Center & Spa, the group rate is available until September 24, 2017. Call 757-827-8200 and ask for Special Group Code RSS or click on Embassy Suites RSS Group Rate.


Exhibits/Sponsorship: Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring the meeting? Download the Exhibits/Sponsorship form or contact David Meyer, Exhibits Chair.

For more information on the Rotorcraft Structures meeting contact