Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been drawing great attention in the recent decades due to the applications in the pipeline monitoring, film, mapping, agriculture, to name just a few. The question that comes up is: is it safe to share the sky with manned aircraft and other unmanned systems? For the safety of the manned aircraft and UAVs themselves, as well as for people on the ground, the Sense & Avoid system (S&A) should be developed and implemented on the UAVs.
Hummingbird Drones provides aerial fire monitoring services to the BC Wildfire Service through the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). They conduct night-time flights over wildfire zones to locate and map hotspots for ground crews. Their current operations suffer from two bottlenecks: a heavy camera stabilizer which decreases flight time, and long post-processing time after landing required to analyze captured thermal images.
Additive manufacturing (AM) is a promising field as a sustainable alternative to traditional manufacturing processes for the aerospace sector because of the potential of low buy-to-fly ratio on materials. Cold spray offers the potential for AM of titanium parts due to its large deposition rates compared with current AM methods. However, some hurdles are found when spraying titanium by cold spray, in particular the tendency to have high porosity levels and the requirements to use of extreme spray parameters.
This project aims to develop an aviation engine testing cell training simulator to facilitate training novice operators. The final product will be an engine test simulator that closely resembles the existing display console used by General Electric (GE), except that simulation models of various engines are used instead of the actual engine. Novice operators will be trained with the simulator and their performances will be quantified. The project also establishes necessary and sufficient conditions for evaluating the effectiveness of the training simulator for aviation engine testing.
Occupants of high-speed marine vehicles are subjected to repetitive, intense wave impacts. These slam events can diminish the operating capacity of crew and pose long-term health risks. Shock-mitigating suspension seats can help solve this problem, and these solutions are being adopted by fleets worldwide. However, a robust method for measuring seat performance and comparing alternative technologies has not been developed. The proposed work will help CDG measure the performance of its suspension seats.
Maintenance of baggage handling equipment, passenger boarding bridges and aircraft support equipment currently costs the Pearson International Airport (PIA) $10M annually. Much of this cost is associated with routine inspections, replacing drives, lifts and similar industrial process equipment. Current maintenance undertaken by PIA is reactive; replacing or repairing parts on the equipment after break-down. This is an expensive process. In this proposal, the intern will implement a condition based maintenance pilot on the baggage handling system (BHS) at PIA.
Additive manufacturing is an innovative and promising technology that has potential to provide the aerospace industry with many benefits in the design and fabrication of aerospace components. Advantages to the additive manufacturing process include: the ability to fabricate complex designs not easily obtained through traditional manufacturing, a substantial reduction in materials waste in processing and a reduction in the total manufacturing time for multi-part assemblies.
ARA Robotique is a company specialized in the development of a state-of-art flight controller for light multirotor UAV. One of the critical subsystems of a flight controller is its navigation system which measures the position and the orientation of the vehicle which is then used to ensure the flight stability and to operate the UAV. To complete its flight controller design, ARA Robotique is interested in developing a robust and accurate Inertial Navigation System (INS) based on low cost Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) technology.
The Centre for Operations Excellence Industry Projects consists of five sub-projects sponsored by four different industry partners. Each sub-project represents an important challenge for its sponsor. These sub-projects include using analytics to optimize sawmill production for Interfor; production planning for Tree Island; developing text-mining techniques to enable WorkSafeBC to predict and prevent workplace accidents; using Twitter data to enrich Boeing Canadas maintenance and operations planning tools; and performing human resources analytics to improve Boeing Canadas workforce planning.