Additive manufacturing for aerostats

The project's objective is to explore the concept of rigid-shell aerostatic flying machines, named aerostabiles. As with any aerostat, a large part of the mass is the surfaces of the enclosure containing the gas, which must have a very low surface density. This is less of a problem for a flexible membrane, but the design of envelopes that are tight to helium and, at the same time rigid and sufficiently light, has only been possible in recent years, thanks to the emergence of high-tech materials. Micro-lattices belong to this category. Micro-lattice meshes have low density thanks to a network of interconnected hollow rods that provide stiffness (strength) to weight ratios and energy absorption superior to all other types of ultralight materials. 

Connaissances requises

Mechanical design, Dynamics of rigid body, robotics, additive manufacturing, C / C ++ / Python programming

Programme d'études visé

Maîtrise avec mémoire, Doctorat

Domaines de recherche

Aérospatiale, Matériaux et fabrication


A scholarship from the professor is available for outstanding applicants.

Autres informations

Starting : 2021-01-05

Professors involved :

Prof. Reeves, École de Design de l'UQAM
Prof. Brailovsky, ÉTS
Prof. Nahon, McGill



Personne à contacter

David St-Onge |