Lightweight Composite Consoles for Aerospace Applications

Lightweight Composite Consoles for Aerospace Applications: Carbon fiber composites used in aerospace applications are subjected to harsh environments while in service. In particular, structural components are often exposed to oils, fuels and hydraulic fluids. Over time, these contaminants may affect the material properties of the composites and thus, the mechanical behavior of the components. This project will investigate the effect of various contaminants and combined stress environments on composite materials used in aerospace applications.

CFD Analysis of the Microsys Cold Gas Inflation System

Microsys is a Mississauga company that designs and sells specialized test equipment to airbag manufacturers worldwide. The Cold Gas Inflation System (CGS) allows these manufacturers to test the inflation characteristics of airbag systems in a simple, safe, and inexpensive manner. The CGS involves the rapid discharge of a compressed gas, which the company would like to better understand, in order to further develop this system.

CFD simulation of a gas turbine combustor

The work to be conducted in this internship consists of the transient numerical modeling of a combustion device using commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes. Validation of the various sub-models is required and once the final model is complete various design changes can be researched. The model will allow for variations in geometry, spray and

Control of grid-connected converters for electric vehicle distributed generation application

A hi-directional converter is proposed to implement the integration of electric vehicle to the grid and household electric system. The proposed converter has two stages: a grid-connected convener. and a dc/de converter. The grid-connected converter can operate in three modes. The first of which is a battery charger. The grid-connected wi II control the power factor to unity and regulate the de bus voltage and control the input current harmonics to be low.

Aerodynamic Shape Optimization with LaminarTurbulent Transition for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Design

 

This project involves the optimal aerodynamic design of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), making use of stateoftheart computational fluid dynamics and aerodynamic shape optimization techniques. The algorithm development will focus on modeling and exploiting laminarturbulent transition in the optimization cycle. The project should result in new and significantly improved aerodynamic shape optimization tools. This has the potential to lead to new lowdrag and high endurance UAV systems.

Active Flow Control Using Plasma Actuators for Aircraft Drag Reduction

New technologies are needed to meet the environmental targets set for the future of air and ground transportation, and to reduce dependence on fossil fuels for electric power generation. The present project aims at developing a novel flow control technology, which can generate significant aerodynamic improvements, leading to reduction of aerodynamic drag of air and ground vehicles, and better efficiency and durability of wind turbines.

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