Odonata Research LLC

Odonata Research LLC

Odonata Research LLC

Aerospace Engineering Services


FAA Aircraft Certification

Odonata Research LLC possesses the expertise to support obtaining a Type Certificate(TC) for a new aircraft, an Amended Type Certificate(ATC) for modifications to an existing aircraft, and a Supplemental Type Certificate(STC) to enhance an aircraft. We have demonstrated the necessary technical competence and knowledge of the pertinent regulations and certification procedures to make certain findings for the FAA as a DER in the following areas. The current CLOA can be reviewed on the Designee Management System

  • 14 CFR Part 23 Aircraft Level Loads (Static & Dynamic)
  • 14 CFR Part 23 Flutter/Ground Vibration
  • 14 CFR Part 25 Aircraft Level Loads (Static & Dynamic)
  • 14 CFR Part 25 Flutter/Ground Vibration

Analysis and Testing

Odonata Research LLC is proficient at performing aeroelastic and loads analysis of aircraft using MSC Nastran, Zona ZAERO, and customer proprietary software. We also have experience performing linear and nonlinear finite element analyses (FEA) in ANSYS.

  • Aeroelastic analysis of aircraft
  • Loads analysis of aircraft
  • Linear and nonlinear analysis of composite structures

Engineering Software Development

Odonata Research LLC is actively engaged in engineering software development to create computational tools that enable engineers to utilize the full potential of computing resources. Expertise is primarily in developing novel engineering analyses and in automating pre and post-processing of engineering data. The software is primarily offered as custom processing and analysis tools per client request.

  • Python
  • Fortran
  • Matlab
  • ANSI Common Lisp


Odonata Research LLC has conducted research to develop and demonstrate innovative analyses. While the research is often proprietary, public examples are listed below.

Aeroelastic Calculations of a Business Jet configuration Using the USTSD Code

	      ShapeThis report documents the evaluation of the aeroelastic analysis capability of the Unsteady Transonic Small-Disturbance code (USTSD) applied to a business jet configuration. In USTSD, the solution to the transonic small-disturbance equation is calculated in the frequency domain. Pressure distributions, lift, drag, and pitching moment coefficients are calculated and compared with available data. With a 2D boundary layer analysis included, the finite-difference solution of the non-conservative TSD equation tends to provide better correlation with data as compared with the conservative formulation in steady flow. In flutter analysis, the non-conservative formulation generated a higher flutter speed than the conservative formulation.

Thomas M. Hermann, University of Kansas, July 31, 2001

Development of a Dynamic Aircaft Seat Analysis Capability

Hybrid-II ATDThe development of a dynamic aircraft seat analysis is presented in this paper. This analytical model is a nonlinear finite element model composed of a seat frame and cushion, restraint system, glare shield and a rigid body model of a 50th percentile Hybrid-II anthropomorphic test dummy (ATD) occupant. Results from this analytical model are correlated with empirical results obtained during a full-scale dynamic test. The analysis is representative of the dynamic test.

Thomas M. Hermann, Michael W. Holmes, and Dayton Hartley, SAE Technical Paper 2001-01-2660

Laminate Design for Coupled Wind Turbine Blades.

Laminate CouplingThe purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the effect of coupling at the laminate level on coupling at the structural level. Four extension-shear coupled laminates are examined. The laminates are then used in structures with circular, square and airfoil cross-sections. The properties of those cross-sections are used to describe a general elastic beam using a method from Kosmatka. The coupling properties of the beam are compared with those of the laminate using a normalized coupling coefficient, stiffness coupling ratio and compliance coupling ratio. The normalized compliance ratio compared well between the laminate and the cross-sections for all cases.

James E. Locke and Thomas M. Hermann, 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Reno, NV, 2006.

Postbuckling Analysis of a Wind Turbine Blade Substructure

First Buckling ModePostbuckling analysis of composite laminates representative of wind turbine blade substructures, utilizing the commercial finite element software ANSYS, is presented in this paper. The procedure was validated against an existing postbuckling analysis. Three shell element formulations, SHELL91, SHELL99 and SHELL181, were examined. It was found that the SHELL181 element with reduced integration should be used to avoid shear locking. The validated procedure was used to examine the variation of the buckling behavior, including postbuckling, with lamination schedule of a laminate representative of a wind turbine blade shear web. This analysis was correlated with data from a static test. A 100% postbuckling reserve in a composite structure representative of a shear web was quantified through test and analysis. The buckling behavior of the shear web was improved by modifying the lamination schedule to increase the web bending stifness. Modifications that improved the buckling load of the structure did not always equate to improvements in the postbuckling reserve.

Thomas M. Hermann, Dharmaraj Mamarthupatti, and James E. Locke, Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, Jul 12, 2005


Aerospace Engineer (1 Position)

Odonata Research LLC is seeking an Aerospace Engineer with a Bachelor Degree in Aerospace Engineering or related engineering degrees. Candidates must meet the job requirements and supply a Resume to be considered for the position.

Aerospace Engineer; Job Summary

Odonata Research LLC is seeking an Aerospace Engineer with the following:

  • Responsible for the engineering and technical disciplines needed to complete aircraft and aerospace projects.
  • With expertise on technical, regulatory, and policy matters with specialized experience in the area of system safety and related risk analyses.
  • With experience and comprehensive knowledge of aerospace engineering principles, theories, and concepts applicable to system safety and related risk analyses, as well as an understanding of new technologies and methodologies, to solve complex problems and to develop improved technical processes.
  • Responsible for application and integration of management principles and techniques to aircraft certification, policies, regulations, continued operational safety, and development of industry consensus standards for aircraft safety assessment and development assurance.
  • With excellent communication, in writing and verbally, in English.
  • With experience in communication with cross-engineering teams.
  • Responsible for using of drafting and modeling engineering software.
  • Responsible for planning and coordinating investigation and resolution of customers' engineering issues with aircraft.
  • Responsible for evaluating product data or design from inspections or reports for conformance to engineering principles, customer requirements, or quality standards.
  • Responsible for developing design criteria for aeronautical or aerospace products or systems, including testing methods, production costs, quality standards, or completion dates.
  • Responsible for analysis of project requests, proposals, or engineering data to determine feasibility, productibility, cost, or production time of aerospace or aeronautical products.
  • Responsible for formulating models or other methods of computer analysis to develop, evaluate, or modify design, according to aircraft engineering requirements.
  • Responsible for analysis, developing, and performing calculations for structural and maneuvering engineering.
  • Responsible for planning and conducting experimental, operational, and testing on aerospace systems.
  • Responsible for researching and developing programs to evaluate or modify engineering designs on aircraft


Odonata Research LLC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Odonata Research LLC, comply with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. Odonata Research LLC, expressly prohibit any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Odonata Research LLC’s., employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Interested candidates send resumes to Managing Member, Odonata LLC, 6505 E. Central Avenue #254, Wichita, KS 67206 or thomas.m.hermann@odonata-research.com.


	  M. Hermann Thomas M. Hermann has a strong background in aeroelastic analysis of aerospace structures with proficiency in multiple commercial packages. He has performed structural dynamic, aeroelastic, and dynamic loads analysis of aircraft ranging from twin turboprop, carrier based, AEW aircraft to a twin turbofan transport and business jets utilizing both customer proprietary and Nastran aeroelastic models. In addition, he performed composite laminate design, testing and analysis with application directed at wind turbine blades. In the course of all of these tasks, he acquired software development skills in several languages including Python, Fortran, Matlab, and Common Lisp.

His career objective is to improve engineering productivity through proper application of state-of-the-art methodology, analyses, and software.