Today, the development of complex products such as aircraft systems is still mainly based on a paper-based requirements and development process which leads to delays, cost overrun and sometimes failure to respond to customer needs. A structured, model-based design approach is considered promising to bring innovation and optimization in systems architectures. The project aims to demonstrate the value of a model-based systems engineering approach opposed to a traditional bottom-up approach for the example of advanced aircraft high-lift system architectures.
QUATERNION has partnered with BOEING USA on a flight validation and evaluation program using Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to identify the operational system that replaces the 900MHz Autopilot Whip Antenna, integration of the printed antenna system into the UAS and related connectorization, fiber optic and strain gauge instrumentation in support of the shape prediction system and associated flight testing.
Powder metallurgy uses metal powders to produce parts of varying complexity. The processes can generally be divided in two big steps. The first is to form the powder into the required shape. This is generally done by pressing or molding the powder. The second step is to consolidate the powder into a solid piece of metal. This is done by heating the formed powder just below its melting temperature. At this point the metal particles will slowly coalesce into a uniform metal structure.
The project deals with the production of non-structural composite interior coverings for aircraft and other vehicles. Producing such interior coverings in Canada requires very good mastery of manufacturing processes in order to contain costs. Target times for preform preparation are of the order of minutes and manufacturing processes remain largely manual. Competition from emerging countries requires better knowledge applied to workmanship in preforming in Canada, and a very fast design process when to support tendering.
Every year, people suffer the consequences natural disasters descend upon them. When these unfortunate events occur, emergency response teams are deployed and need to deal with a multitude of challenges. In this scenario, the communication infrastructure is a key element that can contribute to the success of the mission. Considering the case of a Drone-Aided Mobile Ad-Hoc Network (DA-MANET), where devices such as drones and cell phones are available, it is imperative to investigate how their interaction must occur in a way to optimize the humanitarian mission.
During taxiing, takeoff or landing, parts of the landing gear of a commercial plane can undesirably oscillate. This is often the cause of premature wear of certain components. To reduce the impact of this phenomenon, the landing gear designers integrate mechanical elements whose function is to dissipate the kinetic energy associated with these undesirable oscillations. The objective of this project is to design an actuator using magneto-rheological fluid to replace these mechanical elements of the landing gear.
Exonetik and Bell Helicopter are developing a new technology providing force feedback to helicopter pilots, improving both safety and quality of flight. The technology will soon be tested in flight but preliminary qualification tests in laboratory must first be performed. In collaboration with Exonetik engineers, the intern will participate in the planning and execution of these qualification test as well as interpreting results and proposing design modifications as needed.
Helicopter training simulators are an important part of improving the safety of both civil and military helicopter operations. The most important part of helicopter training simulators is the model of the helicopter dynamics since it drives all the other simulator subsystems. This project aims to provide CAE with a more automated and accurate method for determining the parameters within their blade element helicopter model such that it matches the real helicopter behaviour.
In applications, such as pilot training, the cost and risk of injury can be reduced by using simulation tools. Recently, Iris Dynamics Ltd. has developed a competitively priced controller for aircraft simulation that produces force feedback on the user. Their products are currently used in both pilot training and gaming. When scaling their technology to larger forces they encounter problems of severe heating and requiring large magnets that are unsafe and difficult to handle. To solve these problems, this project will develop the mathematical theory needed for optimization of heat management.