The primary objective of the proposed research project is to complete the design and manufacturing of a long-duration small uncrewed aerial vehicle (SUAV) that weighs less than 20 kg and is powered using solar-power and batteries. The design will be the basis of a fleet of low-cost airborne sensing platforms that is easily deployed. The aircraft will change how many remote airborne sensing missions will be performed, providing a green alternative to many aerial platforms that rely on non-renewable resources.
The abradable rub strip (ARS) material’s main function is to minimize the clearance between blade tips and the fan case, thereby increasing the overall engine efficiency. Under tensile and compressive loading, the abradable material behaves different, and has a significant post-failure compaction under compressive loading. Therefore, its characterization is complex and requires a wide range of testing. The intern will help develop the test plan for standard and non-standard mechanical tests per standards.
The proposed research project will demonstrate the feasibility to fly a small uninhabited aircraft for very long, multiday missions by providing it with power using a mix of wireless power transmission and solar-power. The wireless power transmission will be sent as a directed microwave beam from a ground-based transmitter and received using rectennas that are attached to the lower surface of the aircraft wing. Solar-cells on the upper wing surface and batteries will complement the power needs.
Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircrafts are being developed to revolutionize the transportation industry. They fly over traffic industry to their destination, drastically reducing commuting time. Limosa Inc. is a leading company to design and manufacture eVTOLs in Canada. This research is devoted to design, analyze and manufacture a composite initially curved wing-stabilizer of eVTOL LimoConnect.
In this project, we would like to develop an enhanced Haptics Virtual Reality Ground Control Station (Haptics VR-GCS) to control an aerial vehicle using a virtual controller defined within the virtual environment. Such an advanced portable Haptics VR-GCS system is important to lower pilot workload and increase situational awareness. In the first place, the stand-alone VR headset would be connected to the haptics gloves and the flight simulation tool.
A novel design and analysis of high-impact contact sports’ helmet to mitigate the concussion is proposed here. Multi-shell made of composite materials, inter-shell specially designed structures along with speed-dependent padding between head and inner shell will be used to decompose, redirect and dissipate the impact energy during collisions. This design process will involve neuroscience, biomechanics and mechanical engineering integration in an unprecedented manner.
Imagine some of the difficult driving conditions experienced by vehicle operators. In these conditions, the sun might be blindingly bright, or the snow might obfuscate what is going on around the vehicle. Surprisingly, the sensors used by autonomous vehicles to understand the environment they are in suffer from similar effects. As a field, robotics has yet to tackle integrity monitoring of the sensors used in autonomous applications.
Additive manufacturing, also called 3D printing, of composites can manufacture final parts with high strength and stiffness. In this project, carbon fiber composites with a high temperature polymer are used for 3D printing. A custom 3D printing head installed on a robotic arm is used for manufacturing. Specimens are 3D printed to evaluate structural and thermal properties of final parts. Automated manufacturing of composites using robotic 3D printing is efficient for fabricating small-scale parts with low volume and can open new opportunities for composites.
Autonomous vehicles must be constantly aware of all aspects of the driving environment, and so are typically designed with both omni-directional and long-range forward sensor footprints. The ability to accurately detect, track and predict the motion of distant vehicles and pedestrians along the driving route remains a significant challenge, for today’s state of the art perception methods, however, despite ever-more complex network designs and ever-better sensor configurations.
A novel design of football helmet to mitigate the concussion is proposed here. The jerk transferred to brain, due to the collisions between players and due to falling on the field, will be reduced, attenuated, decomposed, and directed away from reaching the brain. Multi-shell made of composite materials, along with speed-dependent padding between head and inner shell will be used. Relative motion between shells will be attained though a specially designed structure made of strong material bars. Therefore, the force of collisions will be controlled by a number of safety layers.