07 Feb 2014

CLS key partner on revolutionary Québec aerospace sector project

The Canadian Light Source is a key partner in the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec’s (CRIAQ) 100th project, entitled Additive Manufacturing Technologies for Aerospace Components (Named MANU-601), which aims to generate knowledge about design, transformation and high-strength aluminium alloy properties for additive manufacturing of aerospace components.

“Training through research, technological development and basic knowledge are among CRIAQ’s priorities,” added Clément Fortin, President and CEO of CRIAQ. “The project will also train graduate students who will become highly qualified personnel to serve our industry and society.”

MANU-601 gathers all the elements that have made CRIAQ a success as a unique model of open innovation. This is a great example of collaborative research that brings together 13 partners including eight industrial partners which are the main original equipment manufacturers, intermediate members and SMEs, as well as four research institutes.

“My first experience with rapid prototyping was fifteen years ago during the manufacturing of the international space station's robotic arm components. Due to technological advancements in additive manufacturing, we will now be able to produce flight parts,” said Jean-Paul Langevin, Engineer at MDA Corporation and project industrial leader.

This major project will contribute to strengthening our aerospace industry competitiveness and will also benefit the supply chain, since it will generate direct production of aerospace components.

“Over the years, the Québec Government, through its agencies and programs, has supported CRIAQ and has ensured its continuity. We are proud to be associated to CRIAQ’s success which is a model for collaboration and exchange between industries, universities and research centres,” said Jean Belzile, the Assistant Deputy Minister of General Office for Research, Innovation, Science and Society of the Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie.

“We look forward to being part of this exciting collaboration. Synchrotron analysis provides non-destructive and unique information on materials stresses and strains for the manufacturing and aerospace sectors,” Said Dr. Jeff Cutler, Director of Industrial Science at the CLS in Saskatoon.

About the CLS:
The Canadian Light Source is Canada’s national centre for synchrotron research and a global centre of excellence in synchrotron science and its applications. Located on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon, the CLS has hosted 1,700 researchers from academic institutions, government, and industry from 10 provinces and territories; delivered over 26,000 experimental shifts; received over 6,600 user visits; and provided a scientific service critical in over 1,000 scientific publications, since beginning operations in 2005.

CLS operations are funded by Canada Foundation for Innovation, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Western Economic Diversification Canada, National Research Council of Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Government of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan.

Synchrotrons work by accelerating electrons in a tube to nearly the speed of light using powerful magnets and radio frequency waves. By manipulating the electrons, scientists can select different forms of very bright light using a spectrum of X-ray, infrared, and ultraviolet light to conduct experiments.

Synchrotrons are used to probe the structure of matter and analyze a host of physical, chemical, geological and biological processes. Information obtained by scientists can be used to help design new drugs, examine the structure of surfaces in order to develop more effective motor oils, build more powerful computer chips, develop new materials for safer medical implants, and help clean up mining wastes, to name a few applications.

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About CRIAQ
Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ) is a non-profit organization established in 2002 with the financial support of the Québec government. Its mission is to increase the competitiveness of the aerospace industry, and enhance the collective knowledge base in aerospace through improved education and training of students. CRIAQ is a unique model of open innovation where collaborative industry?led research involves universities and research centres. The consortium promotes collaboration between specialists from industry and researchers to identify and implement pre?competitive projects that meet industry requirements. www.criaq.aero

 

Contact:

Clément Fortin
CEO CRIAQ
clement.fortin@criaq.aero 
(514) 313-7561, ext. 253

Jeff Cutler
CLS Director of Industrial Science
Jeff.cutler@lightsource.ca 
(306) 657-3530

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