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.

Optimization of the trimming process of CFRP and multilayer material composed of CFRP/Aluminum/Titanium

This project is in partnership with CRIAQ. The trimming process of the CFRP and the multilayer material (CFRP/Aluminum/Titanium) needs to be studied in terms of the resulting quality of produced parts but also in terms of cost considering cutting tool life and time of operation. For the quality aspect, the responses measured include the evaluation of tool wear, delaminating factor Df with cracks and thermal affected matrix estimation, the surface roughness as well as the dimensional and geometric errors of the given trimmed features.

Optimization of the drilling process of a multilayer material composed of CFRP/Aluminum/Titanium

This project is in partnership with CRIAQ. The drilling process of multilayer material (CFRP/Aluminum/Titanium) needs to be studied in terms of the resulting quality of produced parts but also in terms of cost considering cutting tool life and time of operation. For the quality aspect, the responses measured include the evaluation of tool wear, delaminating factor Df with cracks and thermal affected matrix estimation, the surface roughness as well as the dimensional and geometric errors of the given trimmed features.

Pages