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Upcoming Events

    • August 27, 2019
    • August 30, 2019
    • 1515 Ste. Catherine West Room: EV.12.163


    G7000 European Transonic Wind Tunnel (ETW)

    Image courtesy of Bombardier Inc

    Québec Branch

    Wind Tunnel Testing for Aircraft Design and Development Course

    With Steve Zan and Hany Sadek

    .Highlights

    Renowned Subject Matter Experts

    Networking Cocktail on Wednesday evening

    Wind Tunnel Tours at NRC Ottawa

    (Transportation to Ottawa and any associated costs not included.)

    Program Fees

    Regular $1000 + tax
    CASI Members $600 + tax
    Students $300 +tax

    Become a CASI member to save on course fees!

    Contact us for company/group course rates.

    Qualifies towards admissible OIQ credits!

    A certificate attesting to the completion of the course and tour will be granted to students who successfully complete the program.

    Register for the limited-space NRC Ottawa Tour

    Montreal is Canada’s aerospace capital and the 3rd largest aerospace hub in the world. The Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute Quebec Branch (CASI Quebec) and the Concordia Institute of Aerospace Design and Innovation (CIADI) are key players in this dynamic sector, offering hands-on experience and vital networking opportunities.

    This summer, CIADI and CASI Quebec welcome students and industry professionals to take the Wind Tunnel Testing Course.

    This three-day course is designed to provide the ‘Big picture” of wind tunnel testing best practices used in the industry and government laboratories in support of aircraft design, development and certification. The course mainly aims to provide practical experience in aircraft performance and stability and control wind tunnel testing, test model and instrumentation requirements and post-testing data analysis.

    Throughout the course, aircraft operational and certification design requirement are introduced as they relate to the scope and extent of the wind tunnel testing discussed.

    Course material will be provided to registered attendees upon arrival.

    The course is ideal for attendees who are or will be involved in the design and certification of transport category aircraft.

    This course is for Aircraft Design, Development and Certification Engineers, Integrators, Technical and Project Managers in aircraft industry, government and research laboratories. Also, for graduate Aeronautical Engineering students who seek to bridge the gaps between academia and industry.

    The course is jointly taught by two highly qualified Subject Matter Experts with extensive hands-on experience in aircraft design, wind tunnel testing of civil transport aircraft.


    A220 European Transonic Wind Tunnel (ETW)

    Image courtesy of Bombardier Inc.

    Module 1: Aircraft Design, Development & Certification Overview

    • Aircraft Design Process
    • Aircraft Configuration Selection
    • Aircraft performance Principles and Design Drivers
    • Aircraft Stability & Control Principles and Design Drivers
    • The Role of Wind Tunnel Testing

    Module 2: Aeronautical Wind Tunnel Facilities Overview

    • Low Speed Facilities
    • High Speed Facilities
    • Pressurized Facilities
    • Specialized Facilities

    Module 3: Wind Tunnel Testing Principles

    • Test Section Flow Characteristics and Calibration
    • Aircraft Model/Components and Support Mount Types
    • Data Considerations
    • Wind Tunnel Measurements Techniques

    Module 4: Model Design and Construction Requirements

    • Model Scaling Decision
    • Instrumentation Requirements
    • Model Support Mount Design Requirements
    • Model Structural design Requirements

    Module 5: Wind Tunnel Testing Data Reduction

    • Model Installation and Shake-down Runs
    • Data Reduction Procedures
    • Tunnel Boundary Corrections
    • Model Tare and Support Mount Corrections
    • Power Effects Simulation and Corrections
    • Reynolds Number Effects and Corrections

    Module 6: Wind Tunnel Testing Procedures

    • Aerodynamic Flow Characteristics Testing
    • Aerodynamic Performance Testing
    • Stability and Control Testing
    • Artificial Ice Shapes testing
    • Ground Effects Testing
    • Dynamic Stability Derivatives testing
    • Icing Testing
    • Testing for CFD Validation
    • Buffeting, Aeroelastic, Acoustics

    Module 7: Wind Tunnel Data Simplified Analysis Methods

    • Aircraft Longitudinal Static Stability
    • Tailplane Effectiveness and Aircraft Trimmability
    • Aircraft Lateral / Directional Static Stability
    • Control Surface Effectiveness
    • The Role of Aircraft Simulation

    Module 8: Correlation of Wind Tunnel to Flight Data

    • Lessons learned

    Module 9: Non-Aeronautical Testing

    • Type of Testing, Scaling and Facilities

      Instructor Biographies

      Dr. Steve Zan | NRC

      Steve Zan joined the Aerodynamics Laboratory of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in 1984, after graduating from Engineering Science at U of Toronto. He obtained a PhD in aeronautical engineering from the University of Cambridge in 1990. In his 32-year career, he has become a leading expert on subsonic wind tunnel testing, having applied his knowledge to commercial aircraft development programs, to launch and recovery of rotorcraft from ships, and to wind loading of some of the world’s major structures. Dr. Zan was appointed Director of Aerodynamics at NRC in 2006 and retired from that position in 2016.

      Dr. Zan has represented NRC and Canada on a number of international committees including the Subsonic Aerodynamic Testing Association, and various NATO Technical Teams. He served as chair of the NATO-Applied Vehicle Technologies Technical Committee on Performance, Stability & Control and Fluid Physics from 2011 to 2013.

      His academic credentials include a Research Fellowship at Darwin College, Cambridge (1990), an appointment as an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool (2006) and an appointment as an Adjunct Professor at Carleton University (2004- 2010). He served as Editor-in- Chief of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Journal from 2007 to 2013 and is an Associate Fellow of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute.

      Hany Sadek | Bombardier Aerospace (ret.)

      Hany Sadek is the retired Senior Engineering Advisor at Bombardier Aerospace where he was involved in design, integration, wind tunnel testing, flight testing and certification of several Bombardier aircraft development programs. He has a M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1983 and a B.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering from Cairo University in 1974. He has over 35 years experience as a Flight Sciences Engineer and continues to be active in aircraft development projects and instructing on aircraft design and civil certification flight test. He is a Design Approval Representative (DAR) with Transport Canada, Flight Test Analyst (Aircraft Performance and Stability and Control).


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