Development of an Enhanced Ground Control Station Equipped with an Advanced Stand-Alone Virtual Reality Headset

The main purpose of this project is to develop an enhanced portable ground Control Station (GCS) equipped with an Advanced Stand-Alone Virtual Reality Head Mounted Display (ASVR-HMD). In the beginning, a Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) stand-alone Virtual Reality (VR) headset would be connected to the flight simulation tool. The VR HMD will be used to visualize basic flight simulation. Then, an onboard camera would be integrated to the aircraft provided by the partner organization.

Problem detection and aerial mapping for construction site management

On time discovery of problems and constant monitoring of construction sites have great economical benefit. It requires the capability of highly efficient and accurate object detection and segmentation algorithms that can work with coarsely labelled training samples. The project is aimed to develop new learning-based object detection and segmentation algorithms for problem detection and mapping of construction sites with high accuracy and efficiency. This project will improve operation efficiency for construction related projects.

Optimization and Development of Bombardier Data Based Engineering Design Tools

The proposed research will involve optimizing and improving engineering operations within Bombardier based on data collected from flight recorders and aircraft operators. This will involve developing new processes in maintenance tracking (i.e. tracking aftermarket spares sales, scheduled maintenance, accessing direct maintenance costs per component, etc.), and implementation of a stress tools suite for in-service structures evaluations. Currently, many internal processes within Bombardier are based on nonstandardized reporting and data collection methods.

Ground-Based Remotely Piloted Aerial Vehicle (RPAV) Tracking System

Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) designs and operates high performance Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS) to deliver payloads between depots and warehouses. The DDC engineering department is looking to design and deploy a ground-based system to track and point at the Remotely Piloted Aerial Vehicle (RPAV) during flight in real-time.

Development of an Improved Airborne Cat Dander Dispersion System in a Cat Allergen (Fel d1) Exposure Chamber

Red Maple Trials (Ottawa, ON) created a new facility where patients can be exposed to airborne Fed d1 cat allergen. In this facility, the patient’s symptoms (with or without medication intervention) can be monitored in a controlled manner. Male cats are kept in the exposure chamber furnished with blankets. These blanket sheets are shaken vigorously during an exposure test with an hour of duration. In the current project, a modified robotic vacuum will be used to disperse and make Fel d1 that has been settled on the floor of the exposure chamber to become airborne.

A Conceptual Aerodynamic Design for a High-Lift Electric Hybrid Airship

Hybrid airships with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability have the potential to drastically simply the commercial transportation system by picking up payload from the pick-up points and delivering it directly to the pre-set destinations. Development of new electric hybrid airship designs for the Canadian and global transport industry will lead to lower shipping costs, where the ultimate goal is to cut shipping cost by at least 50 percent per kg of payload and by at least 10 percent of the present-day cost of ground and marine transportation per kg of cargo.

Development of a new comprehensive simulation tool for helicopter design – The CORAL consortium

Designing a new helicopter is a very complex task that demands the collaboration of many disciplines of aerospace engineering. Nowadays, noise impact has also become crucial as restrictive environmental noise impact certification issues are being enforced by the certification authorities to the manufacturers. This project will be concerned with the integration of all these disciplines into a single computational simulation tool to predict a new helicopter performance. The project will be carried out in collaboration with international partners.

Augmented reality immersive simulation for flight deck design and evaluation “Holodeck”

The aircraft flight deck has increased substantively in its complexity in recent years. The input systems are more complex, and the information feeds are much more detailed. In order for a pilot to interface effectively with the aircraft systems, the cockpit control functions must be laid out in an intuitive format. To do this, a trial and error approach is required, with meaningful input at each design phase.

Carbon prepreg filaments for 3D printing high performance parts

There has been an extensive growth in additive manufacturing, 3D printing, over the past couple of years. At the moment, pure polymers are mainly used for manufacturing parts and they yield low strength and stiffness, not suitable for load-bearing products. The use of carbon fiber composites in 3D printing can significantly improve structural properties. Currently, there is no commercial 3D printing head capable of printing with carbon fiber prepreg filaments. A 3D printing head will be custom-built to accept these filaments and produce parts with high strength.

Improved Numerical Combustion Models for Predicting and Reducing Pollutant Emissions in Gas Turbine Engines

Gas turbine engines are the primary propulsion device for today’s aircraft. These engines operate on liquid hydrocarbon-based fuels and as such can yield a range of undesirable pollutants including gaseous emissions such as nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), green-house gases (GHG, largely CO2, really a combustion product) and unburned hydrocarbons (UHC), as well as nanometer-sized carbonaceous particulate matter or soot.