The Collaborative Center for Aerospace Sciences (CCAS) is a multi/transdisciplinary collaborative research center focused on the pursuit of fundamental and applied basic studies relevant to aerospace systems. Research projects broadly span the computational and experimental arenas, and are conducted at UCLA as well as the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/ RQ) at Edwards Air Force Base, located approximately 130 miles northeast of the UCLA campus. UCLA faculty, students, and postdoctoral researchers collaborate with AFRL scientists and engineers, working on high-impact problems to advance US capabilities in aerospace systems.

UCLA Research Groups Affliliated with CCAS:


Information on upcoming joint CCAS seminars:

Presentation slides from the AFRL - UCLA CCAS Basic Research Review, held on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, may be found at the CCAS Seminars/Reviews website

Featured Researcher

Dr. John Bennewitz is a UCLA postdoctoral research scholar, currently working at the Air Force Research Laboratory within the Aerospace Systems Directorate’s Space & Missile Propulsion Division (RQRC).  Dr. Bennewitz’s research focus is on fuel droplet combustion for a range of alternative fuels and additives, as well as characterizing the combustion response of gas centered, swirl coaxial (GCSC) injectors exposed to acoustic excitation with experimental application to liquid rocket engine combustion instabilities.  He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Pittsburgh in 2008, where he then completed his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011 and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2015. Recent projects have included studying acoustically-coupled fuel droplet combustion in UCLA’s Energy and Propulsion Research Laboratory, specifically characterizing sustained oscillatory flame-acoustic coupling, periodic partial extinction and full extinction through phase-locked OH*/CH* chemiluminescence imaging, temporally resolved pressure measurements, and image processing.

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