Launch of GARDN II Third Round Projects
On April 11, 2016, the GARDN Board of Directors met to select projects to launch the third round of GARDN II.
OPTIS Consultants Inc., a Sherbrooke-based company, will work with Université de Sherbrooke and the Air Cadets on a project named “Development of an Electric Propulsion System to Convert Gliders for Self-Launch Operations to Reduce the Environmental Footprint”.
Pratt & Whitney Canada will launch two new projects. Along with Mekanic and Polytechnique Montréal, the three organizations will work on the project “Development of Innovative Aerodynamics Performance Enablers for Gas Turbine Engine Compressors”. Pratt & Whitney will also collaborate with the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) on a second project, “Aero Gas Turbine Engine Exhaust Non Volatile Particulate Matter (nvPM) emission baseline measurement and Modeling to predict”.
In addition to the GARDN Board of Director’s decision to move forward with these three projects, the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC) has endorsed its decision to collaborate on “PWC-23 (Project Extension): Next Generation Combustor for Small Gas Turbine Engines”. Led by Pratt & Whitney Canada, this extension to an existing research project will rely on the contributions of PAVAC Industries Inc., Queen’s University, Carleton University and the National Research Council (NRC).
GARDN contributes significantly to R&D projects aimed at quieter, cleaner, more sustainable aviation. Started in 2014, the GARDN II program now includes nearly 40 industrial and academic members on 17 research projects focused on the development of green technologies.