Reaction Dynamics is a small-satellite launch vehicle company aiming to build a launch vehicle using a revolutionary type of rocket propulsion. Launch vehicles rely on a sophisticated Guidance, Navigation, and Control algorithm to precisely navigate and stabilize their vehicle during flight. The company requires an innovative method to accurately deflect the thrust force of the engines, and a previous literature review has led them to proceed with a Liquid-Injection Thrust Vector Control (LITVC) mechanism.
On the one hand, new generation of civil transport aircraft can present aeroelastic coupling between flight mechanics and structural dynamics. The lower-frequency flexible dynamics can be perceptible by a fly-by-wire (FBW) controller.
The project entails research into machine learning techniques to control unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with complex flight characteristics for surveillance and cargo transportation applications. In addition, it advances networked UAV fleet control and optimization methodologies to improve the potential of UAV fleets to perform coordinated tasks efficiently and reliably.
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.
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.
Mechanical failure is a significant issue in the aerospace industry. High material and manufacturing costs make the component repair an attractive option, avoiding the need to scrap parts when defects are detected. Low Energy Welding (LEW) is a micro-welding process that offers several advantages in repairing sensitive high-cost components. Extensive work has been carried out with the manual process. However, the process is relatively slow and the manual process is difficult to maintain constant quality.
Nowadays in aerospace industry, the main concern is to reach an optimum, reliable, and reproducible manufacturing process with a high predictability of the components service life and the lowest production cost. Machining is one of the main manufacturing processes for industrial parts which can change the surface characteristics of materials. The main aspects of these alterations are metallurgical, topographical, mechanical, and thermal which could affect microstructure, roughness, and residual stresses at the surface and near the surface of machined components, respectively.
We will fabricate cylindrical glass microstructures that keep light traveling in circles for a very long time. The circular trajectory of the confined light changes very sensitively due to rotational motion of the cylinders, and these changes can be measured by detecting angular velocity. Therefore, the project aims at developing these cylinders that allow light for many rounds of propagation without leaking, as a way to increase the sensitivity to rotations.
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.
Quadrotors are one of the most popular choices for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in situations where fast disturbance rejection, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capabilities, and maneuverability are required. However, the quadrotor is inherently underactuated, and as a result, it is impossible to independently control the orientation and position of the vehicle. One solution to this problem involves rotors that can rotate relative to the vehicle frame, allowing for the angle of each rotor relative to the main vehicle frame to be independently controlled.