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The Vehicle Technology Center had its beginning with the restructuring of the Army aviation laboratories in July 1970. At that time, it was known as the Lewis Directorate of the Army Mobility Research and Development Laboratory (AMRDL), US Army Aviation Systems Command. Despite several name changes, the roles and missions have remained nearly unchanged, except for the addition of the ground vehicle mission in 1992, when VTC became part of the Army Research Laboratory. Most recently, as ARL consolidated its activities, the Lewis laboratory was merged with its sister activity in Langley, Virginia.
Since its inception in 1970, the organization has operated as tenant-partner of the NASA Lewis Research Center, concentrating its activity in areas of mutual interest and benefit. The Army provides equipment for in-house research as well as support for contracts with industry, and most important, it provides people to share in the conduct and management of the technical work. NASA Lewis in turn, provides these same resources with two other vitally important ingredients - a rich collection of research facilities and the necessary support services. Significant facilities available to the Army include a world-class materials laboratory, engine and component research stands, transmission test stands, altitude test facilities, an icing research tunnel, and an array of laboratories to perform research in basic scientific disciplines.
The programs of mutual interest are jointly managed and, where appropriate, jointly funded. This unique arrangement is without parallel in the field of propulsion and places the Army in position to be at the leading edge of technology development by maximizing the use of a wide array of resources at the Center.
The Vehicle Technology Center (Lewis-Site) is chartered to plan, develop, manage, and execute a portion of the Army's program of in-house and contracted effort in Basic Research, Exploratory Development, and Advanced Development. Although emphasis is on serving the interests of ARL in the fields of aircraft and ground-vehicle propulsion and drive-train systems, technical consultation and support are provided to other elements of Army Materiel Command and Department of the Army. Both the direct, hands-on technology development and the contracted programs with industry are aimed at staying ahead of emerging requirements for future engine and drivetrain systems. As part of that process, the Directorate maintains cognizance of technical developments throughout the United States and other countries, and identifies new technological opportunities and thrusts. Because the product will affect design and performance of propulsion and drive-train systems, virtually all component and system technology areas are covered through the joint activity with the NASA Lewis Research Center.
Ceramic and Ceramic Matrix Composites
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
Crack Growth Studies in Monolithic Ceramic Materials
Diesel Engine Technology
Engine Component Life Management
Fatigue and Fracture
Small Turbine Engine Research (STER)
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