Toward greener and more intelligent aviation
The Research Laboratory in Active Controls, Avionics and Aeroservoelasticity (LARCASE) is a multidisciplinary research group that focuses on the fields of aeroservoelasticity (aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, aeroelasticity and aircraft controls) and the modeling and simulation of airplanes and helicopters.
The models are validated through the use of experimental data collected on the ground (in wind tunnels) or in flight, using information provided by aeronautical companies working in collaboration with our Lab.
LARCASE provides an opportunity for students to put their knowledge into practice within the context of real-world projects executed in partnership with renowned companies.
Ruxandra Mihaela Botez is the Director of LARCASE, which she founded in 2003, and a Professor in the Systems Engineering Department at ÉTS. She has held the Canada Research Chair in Aircraft Modeling and Simulation Technologies since 2011. Dr. Botez is a world-class Researcher who holds numerous titles and distinctions: Editor-in-Chief of the INCAS Bulletin; Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) in the United Kingdom, the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI), the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) and the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM); and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
Her main areas of research include optimization of flight trajectories through the use of flight management systems. She has made major contributions in the areas of design, modeling and simulation of aircraft, helicopters and autonomous flight systems, along with validation using experimental data from wind tunnel and flight testing.
LARCASE has access to the following equipment:
- Price-Païdoussis Subsonic Wind Tunnel: Donated by Professors Michael Païdoussis and Stuart Price from McGill University.
- Cessna Citation X business aircraft research flight simulator: The highest level of certification given by the FAA for flight dynamics of the high-speed Cessna Citation X business aircraft. Designed and manufactured by CAE Inc. in collaboration with Cessna.
- Level D virtual flight simulator for the CRJ-700 commercial aircraft: The highest level of certification given by the FAA for flight dynamics of the CRJ-700 aircraft. Designed and manufactured by CAE Inc. in collaboration with Bombardier.
- Research Aerial System (RAS) based on the UAS-S4 Unmanned Aerial System: Designed and manufactured by Hydra Technologies.
Price-Païdoussis Subsonic Wind Tunnel
Level D flight simulator for the Cessna Citation X business aircraft
Level D flight simulator for the CRJ-700
UAS-S4 Unmanned Aerial System from Hydra Technologies
LARCASE is located in the Systems Engineering Department at ÉTS:
- CAE Inc. research flight simulators for Cessna Citation X and CRJ-700 aircraft: room A-3420, 1100 Notre-Dame O. St., Montreal (514 396-8800, ext. 7647)
- Hydra Technologies Drone: room A-3572, 1100 Notre-Dame O. St., Montreal (514 396-8800, ext. 7645)
- Price-Païdoussis Subsonic Wind Tunnel: room S-0003, 1050 William St., Montreal (514 396-8800, ext. 7509)
Ruxandra Mihaela Botez, Founder and Head of LARCASE
Professor and Holder of the Canada Research Chair in Aircraft Modeling and Simulation Technologies (level 1)
Oscar Carranza, research assistant
514 396-8800, ext. 7647