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  • March 19, 2021 08:32 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Originally Recorded 2021.03.18


    Piezoelectric sensor technology in pressure, force and acceleration is regularly used to advance Aerospace Measurements: The purpose of the lecture is to review PE technology and the principal of operations for both quasi-static and dynamic measurements. Practical considerations such as installation, mounting and checkout are integral to getting the most out of the sensor in conjunction with signal conditioning and DAQ. Applications including Space Environmental Test, Exported Force and Moment testing as well Propulsion System Test will be addressed. We will also provide a features and benefits summary of PE technology and testing and why it achieves the application requirements.

    Bill Zwolinski

    Bill has a M.Sc.EE from the University of Connecticut specializing in Signal Processing and Controls. He worked over 15 years in Research, Development, Test and Evaluation including Underwater Acoustics for the Navy Laboratory as well as Chief Engineer for Navy Carrier Landing Systems at Textron. Bill also has MBA’s from the University of Phoenix specializing in Technology Management and Marketing and has held positions as general manager, product manager and sales manager at Kistler. Currently, Bill is the Business Development and Application Manager at Kistler for the America’s and is heavily involved with helping engineers solve their measurement problems.


    Kistler is the global leader providing modular solutions in dynamic measurement technology for pressure, force, torque and acceleration applications. The company made several major innovations, some of which would be put to use in the Apollo manned spaceflights, and became a world leader in the development of quartz sensors.

  • March 05, 2021 06:34 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Originally recorded 2021.03.04

    This is a recently revised presentation of the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Memorial Lecture on Civil Propulsion; The Last 50 Years given in 2002.

    This presentation covers propulsion development in the civil field over the last seven decades. It is notable that aircraft have displaced ships and railways for long distance passenger travel, and this could not have been achieved without the continuous development of the aircraft gas turbine.

    The talk traces propulsion developments from the end of the piston era through the early turboprops and turbojets to the high bypass ratio turbofans to the latest advances in geared turbofan technology.

    While the aircraft gas turbine has attained extremely high levels of safety, reliability and efficiency, the aviation sector is facing existential challenges today that will require resilience and innovation to solve.

  • February 23, 2021 13:36 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Originally Recorded 2021.02.23

    Canada has been a world leader in the development and application of aircraft-derivative gas turbine energy systems.  They can provide a diverse range of cleaner energy solutions using a flexible combination of fuels and high pressure airflow that provide reliable power and thermal energy.  From initial 1960's gas pipeline and peak power applications, they have made strides in naval ships, and since 1990 have been more widely applied across many industrial cogeneration, distributed energy and utility power systems.

    Through R&D innovation, manufacturing and testing, their advances have made contributions to cleaner choices around energy efficiency, renewable energy, natural gas and future hydrogen systems that can help to solve many objectives at once.  This presentation will briefly summarize those developments, and the activities since 1973 of the Canadian 'Gas Turbines for Energy Network' (formerly IAGT).

    Manfred Klein | MA Klein and Associates

    Manfred has been semi-retired since 2013, after spending 33 years in the Canadian federal government, most recently as Coordinator, Energy and Environment at the Gas Turbine Laboratory of the National Research Council. He was with Environment Canada for 16 years, involved with national air emissions guidelines for Gas Turbine systems using energy output-based emission standards. He also helped to develop new taxation incentives to encourage cogeneration and district energy, helped with environmental assessments, and organized various industrial training functions on gas turbine systems. Prior to that Manfred was with the National Energy Board for 11 years, dealing with certification and inspection of natural gas pipeline and compressor station construction. Memberships:
    • Industrial Applications of Gas Turbines Committee, now GTEN (former Chair, 2006-09)
    • ASME Int'l Gas Turbine Committee (Former Chair of IGTI Environment Committee, 1999-2001)
    • Distributed Energy Canada (DEC)
    • Canadian Institute of Power Engineers (IPE, Ottawa)
    • European Turbine Network (ETN) Emeritus club
    • Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI)
    • ISO TC192 Gas Turbine Standards Committee, Standards Council of Canada

    Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (1980), Carleton University

  • February 19, 2021 09:13 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Recorded 2021.02.18


    Almost exactly 110 years ago, 8 years after their famous powered flight, Orville and Wilbur Wright went back to the Outer Banks in North Carolina with the sole intention to do more flying without engine power. On October 24, 1911, Orville Wright was able to sustain motorless flight for 9 minutes and 45 seconds, a record that remained unbeaten for nearly 10 years and can be considered as the beginning of modern soaring. Since then, the sport of soaring has had its separate, independent development in aviation with impressive achievements, such as long-distance flights of over 3000-km, flights above 50,000 feet altitude, and average speeds of in excess of 160 kph over 1000-km distance flights. Besides the sportive challenges, the technical aspects associated with soaring are quite fascinating. Low speed requirements during thermaling often fight the needs for low drag during cruise. As a result, sailplanes have always pushed the technological boundaries in aviation. In some aspects, sailplanes can be considered as the “canaries” of aeronautics. Such advances include high-efficient wing designs, low-drag airfoils that use extended laminar flow, composite materials, and improved understandings of meteorology. This presentation will include an overview of the sport of soaring, which includes a historical reflection, the discussion of the current state of the sport, new developments, as well as an introduction to the general challenges that the sailplane designer face.

    Götz Bramesfeld

    Götz Bramesfeld is an Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Ryerson University. His research focus is applied aerodynamics and aircraft design, in particular with respect to small UAVs. Besides his professional involvement in aviation, Götz is an active glider pilot with over 1000 hours in gliders and a member of the York Soaring Association. He is also a board member of OSTIV, the International Scientific and Technical Soaring Organization.

  • January 29, 2021 09:05 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Recorded 2021-01-28

    Presented by Dr. Azzedine Dadouche with guest Carlos Ruella

    Air-to-air collisions with birds or drones represent a real risk for civilian and military aircraft. To ensure passengers’ safety and mitigate risks, regulators (i.e. Transport Canada and Federal Aviation Administration, etc.) require engine and airframe manufacturers to certify their products for bird strike/ingestion at representative conditions (impact speed, bird weight and environment temperature).

  • January 22, 2021 09:10 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Originally recorded 2021-01-21

    Electric and hybrid electric powered aircraft have the potential to significantly reduce air transportation costs, carbon emissions and community noise and enable new aviation markets.

    Ken Swartz is a Senior Editor of the Vertical Flight Society’s Vertiflite magazine and eVTOL.news website, and is President of Aeromedia Communications, an aerospace marketing communications firm based in Toronto, Canada.

  • January 05, 2021 15:30 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    Presentations made during this session:

    Radiation Effects in Advanced Electronics Technologies and Mitigation Techniques
    Li Chen, University of Saskatchewan

    Dynamic Modeling and Characterization of Electric Solar Wind Sail
    Chonggang Du, York University

    ALEXIS, A Canadian Signature Technology Spectrometer for Moon Exploration
    Frédéric Grandmont, ABB

    Key Considerations for a Surgical Spacecraft Robot
    Rachael L'Orsa, University of Calgary

    Determining Response Differences to Microgravity in Male and Female Bioengineered Cartilage Tissues
    Rahul Ravin, University of Alberta


    Frédéric Grandmont, ABB

  • December 01, 2020 13:17 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    Panelists discuss ideas and thoughts on adapting to our new world. 

    Malcolm Imray (NRC Aerospace Research Centre), Omer Majeed (MDS Aero Support), Niloofar Moradi (Pratt & Whitney) and Jeff Bird (Moderator).
  • November 02, 2020 14:42 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    A Lunch & Learn event with guest speakers Jeremy Laliberté (Professor, Carleton University) and J.R. Hammond (Executive Director, Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium - CAAM)

  • November 02, 2020 14:37 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Presentations made during this session:

    Development of an Enhanced Ground/Air Control Station Equipped with an Advanced Virtual Reality Headset for Stratospheric Airships Applications in Satellite-Denied Environments | Mohsen Rostami, Ryerson University

    Robust UAV Target Tracking Using LEO Satellites TDOA/FDOA Measurement under Uncertainties | Abulasad Elgamoudi, École de technologie supérieure

    Spacecraft INS/CNS/Pulsar Integrated TDOA Positioning and Navigation Solution with Doppler Shift Compensation | Hamza Benzerrouk, École de technologie supérieure

    Feed-Forward Dynamic Control for a Drone-Based Space Systems Testbed | Philip Ferguson, University of Manitoba


    Philip Ferguson, University of Manitoba

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