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The Deploying the Next Generation of Landing Gear for Energy Efficient Aircraft is a 5-year research program funded by NSERC - Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. This $2.3 million fund was granted to Centennial College for the development of aerospace projects in the year 2017. The projects’ main purposes are the conversion of aircrafts landing gear from hydraulic to electrical actuation (EA), through the designing and development of a new electric system, the landing gear system weight reduction.
Also in 2017, two new lines of funding were added from CFI - Canada Foundation for Innovation and Ontario Research Fund totaling approximately $ 2 million. This amount was designated for building the Landing Gear Innovation Lab.
Since the start of the Program, 13 projects were launched (8 closed / 4 ongoing / 1 new), involving 8 faculties from SETAS, 32 PTY students and 23 part-time students. All initiatives are solidly supported by industry partners, and in 2018, Centennial College received, at Downsview Campus, the CRJ 200 aircraft donated by Bombardier, which was a crucial addition for the research development. Other key partners are Safran Landing Systems, Lynch Dynamics, and Marsh Brothers Aviation.
Improving aircraft systems design and production for energy efficiency using additive manufacturing (AM) was a program funded by the Ontario Center of Excellence (OCE) in 2017. Centennial proposed to run six projects as part of the program proposed to work with the landing gear supply chain to help developing additive manufacturing design, building, and testing methodology to substantially decrease the weight of aircraft systems, improving fuel consumption and minimizing maintenance costs. Other significant benefits are the reduction of carbon footprint, acceleration of technology development, investment in product innovation as well as training the next generation of aerospace innovators.
Since the start of the Program, 5 faculties from SETAS, 49 part-time students, and partners such as Safran Landing Systems, Burloak Technologies, Lynch Dynamics, Amaircare Corporation, and Bombardier were involved.