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Fred Nitzsche

Professor Emeritus
    Department:Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Degrees:Aeronautical Eng., Instituto Technologico de Aeronautica, Brazil M.Sc., Ph.D. Stanford University


    Research Interests:

    • Smart Structures
    • Aeroelasticity of fixed and rotary wings
    • Helicopter Individual Blade Control
    • Aeroelastic reduced-order models
    • Aeroelastic energy harvesting
    • Intelligent horizontal and vertical axis wind turbines and farms


    Active vibration and noise reduction in helicopter rotors and wind turbines; vertical fin buffeting alleviation in fighter aircraft; electric energy harvesting from aeroelastic vibrations; horizontal and vertical axis wind turbines and wind farms energy output optimization


    • Co-leader, Rotorcraft Research Group, Carleton University
    • Guest Full Professor, Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands
    • Visiting Professor/Scientist: Polytechnic Institute of Milan (POLIMI), University of Rome “La Sapienza”, University of Rome III, Italy; German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany; Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris, France; University of São Paulo, Brazil
    • Associate Fellow: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
    • Elected Member: AIAA Structural Dynamics Technical Committee; International Organizing Committee of International Conference on Adaptive Structures Technologies (ICAST)
    • General Chair: ICAST 2007 (Ottawa, Canada)


    • Lynch, B., Jiang, X-X, Ellery, A., and Nitzsche, F., “Characterization, modeling, and control of Ni-Ti shape memory alloy based on electrical resistance feedback,” Journal of Intelligent Material System and Structures. DOI: 10.1177/ 1045389X16633764, 2016.
    • Nitzsche, F., D’Assunção, D., De Marqui Jr., C. “Aeroelastic control of non-rotating and rotating wings using the dynamic stiffness modulation principle via piezoelectric actuators” Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 26, No. 13, pp.1656-1668, 2015