73rd International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering

Technical Tracks

73rd Annual International Conference 
on Mass Properties Engineering
May 17-21, 2014
Renaissance Long Beach
Long Beach, California

Miguel Mascaray-Rufas
Vice President – Technical Director

Patrick Mitchell
Deputy VP Technical Director
The Boeing Company

Werner Massinger
Deputy VP Technical Director
Airbus D & S

Since its inception in 1939, the purpose of the SAWE has been to promote the exchange of technical information and new ideas in Mass Properties Engineering. The SAWE International Conference is the annual meeting that brings together mass properties professionals from throughout the world.  These dedicated men and women work in close cooperation with and address the needs of industry, government, and other engineering and manufacturing organizations.  The 2014 Technical Tracks are a result of input from these mass properties professionals with the combined efforts of the International Officers, the 2014 Conference Committee, and the Technical Committee.

For us, the mass properties professionals, but also for all engineering community, the SAWE Annual event is an excellent opportunity to learn and share the latest developments on the discipline, not only attending the technical sessions and papers presentations but also meeting colleagues from all around the world.

The technical content of the 2013 Conference will include weight aspects of new materials, new weight design procedures, methods for calculating mass properities, weight estimation in preliminary design, novel aircraft configurations weight estimations, etc.

There will be two complete days dedicated to the technical presentations.

The Technical and Organization Committee is working on the technical contents of our conference by searching for papers and also setting up a continuation of the new format introduced last year in our sessions: the technical forum — an open debate on one specific topic of Mass Properties. 


Call for Papers and Instructions to Authors

Submit Abstracts


Expected Technical Papers:

3610 Impact of Inertia Uncertainty on Mooring Systems
– Santhosh Kumar Chandrasekaran, Andy Schuster, SBM
3611 Differences Between the Marine and Offshore Weight Control
– Andy Schuster, SBM

Measurement of the Mass Properties of a Light Aircraft 
– P. Apollonio, M. Gobbi, G. Mastinu, G. Previati
– Politecnico di Milano (Technical University), SmartMechanical_Company, Italy

3613 Development of a Conceptual Flight Vehicle Design Weight Estimation Library and Documentation
– Andrew S. Walker, Graduate Student, University of Texas at Arlington 
3614 A Method for Assessing Mass Data Quality Throughout the Product Development Process
– Parviz Haghdoost, Ford
3615 Application of a Flexible Wing Modeling and Physical Mass Estimation System for Early Aircraft Design Stages
 – Felix Dorbath, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
3616 Methodology for Lightweight Design of Stiffened Skin in Advanced Aerospace Structures
 – August Noevere, Student, Georgia Institute of Technology
3617 In-Service Weight Control for Submarines
 – David Tellet, NAVSEA, US Navy
3618 Building SAWE Capability as an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer
 – Jeff Cerro, NASA
3619 Inflatable Antenna for CubeSat: Design, Fabrication, Deployment and Tests
 – Alessandra Babuscia, JPL
3620 Inertia Uncertainty Coordinate Transformation
- Adam Tahir and John Nakai, The Aerospace Corporation 
3621 Development and Mass Tracking of the P-17 Prospector Launch Vehicle
- Jose Vivas, Naoki Osishi, Sinem Ergen, Dr. Eric Besnard 
3622 How to Implement the Special Requirements for Managing Mass Properties in Transportation Industries
- Claudia Rosenberger, usb GmbH
3623 Special Requirements for Managing Mass Properties in Rail Transportation
- Kirstin Toepfer, Bombardier Transportation



During the Monday and Wednesday Sessions, we will continue the new format introduced at last year’s Conference:


This year we will debate

The Role of Mass Properties Engineering