Canadian aircraft manufacturing company Bombardier and the University of Victoria’s Centre for Aerospace Research (CfAR) have enjoyed a decades-long partnership. Alongside British Columbia’s SME Quaternion Aerospace, the companies are collaborating on the EcoJet Research Project; a sustainability-focused multi-year initiative aiming to decrease flight emissions by up to 50%. Flight testing for blended-wing design prototype aircrafts began in 2017 and is now continuing with 18-foot-wide vehicles.
CfAR is responsible for development, testing and data analysis of the prototype.
Dr. Afzal Suleman, founder and director of CfAR, shares that the Centre’s innovative work with Bombardier is a significant example of the profound legacy that their students and researchers are having on the future of aviation.
Dr. Suleman is also a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UVic whose area of expertise lies in multidisciplinary design optimization and computational and experimental mechanics in aerospace technology. The Copyright and Scholarly Communications Office at UVic Libraries is proud to share that seventeen of Dr. Suleman’s publications are available in our open access institutional repository, UVicSpace!