Principal Investigator

Fanping Sun
United Technologies Corporation

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, 1996
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 1985
B.S., Mechantronics Engineering, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou, China 1982

2001-present, United Technologies Research Center, Staff Research Engineer
1997- 2001, United Technologies Research Center, Senior Research Engineer
1992-1996, Center for Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Virginia Tech, Res. Assoc.

Mr. Fanping Sun is the principal investigator on this project. He has over 20 years R&D experience in control related actuation and sensing. He developed a novel piezoelectric collocated sensing/actuation technique which has been explored for many applications in structural model analysis, structural health monitoring by smart material and structure community. Mr. Sun was the UTRC principal investigator in a DARPA funded Compact Hybrid Actuator Program (CHAP) in 1999. Recently, he was the primary contributor to the Army Aviation Technology Directorate (AATD) funded helicopter heath monitoring project and developed an innovative technology of main rotor blade 3D motion tracking 2011. He has been the co- principal investigator and the technical leader to a NASA NRA funded three-year-program in Active Vibration Control via Actuation Power Minimization since 2011. Mr. Sun was also the principal investigator and technical leader of many UTC development programs since 1997 on high temperature fluidic actuation for engine combustion stability control, active helicopter rotor actuation and gas turbine engine fuel control. His current research involves rotorcraft active vibration control and composite blade non-destructive evaluation (NDE). He has published nine journal articles and over 35 conference papers in a wide range of areas. He holds four patents in the area of aircraft actuation and sensing.

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