Electric aircraft to take centre stage at a Concordia aerospace symposium
When Susan Liscouet-Hanke gets stuck in traffic, she dreams about her car flying her home without creating a heavy environmental footprint.
The era of urban air mobility vehicles — agile aviation for humans — is drawing near. And Liscouet-Hanke, associate professor at the Concordia Institute of Aerospace Design and Innovation, is working to advance the electrification of next-generation aircraft.
The symposium is hosted by Concordia in partnership with Aéro Montréal and the Consortium de recherche et d’innovation en aérospatiale au Québec.
“The aim is to decrease the environmental impact of aviation,” says Liscouet-Hanke, who works in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering at the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science.
Electric solutions on the horizon
Electrification is a promising solution and what she calls a “hot topic” in aerospace design. Liscouet-Hanke’s work develops software to help designers develop feasible concepts of electric and hybrid electric aircraft.
“I’m giving the designers tools to reimagine the internal systems — things like heat management and ventilation — with electrification built into the original design,” she says.
“When I dream of my car flying me to work, it sounds like sci-fi — but a lot of work has been done. There are small prototypes of electric commuter planes in Europe. Advancements are coming.”
Other speakers at the symposium will cover a range of related topics: the transformation of urban aviation, the integration of electric power systems, battery reliability, hybrid-electric propulsion solutions and the practical aspects of converting a Cessna 337 into a hybrid electric aircraft.
On November 4, attend Innovations dans l’électrification des aéronefs, part of the 32nd Entretiens Jacques-Cartier. The event takes place in the Concordia Conference Centre, on the ninth floor of the John Molson Building (1450 Guy) on the Sir George Williams Campus. Register now.
Learn more about the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science.