- Lightweight Structures
Aircraft structures, structural behavior of fibre metal laminates; fatigue; aircraft design; manufacturing of composite materials; unmanned vehicle systems.
Brown, A. and Straznicky, P.V., “Simulating Fretting Contact in Single Lap Splices”, International Journal of Fatigue 31 (2009)
C. Rans, P.V. Straznicky, and R. Alderliesten (2007), “Riveting Process Induced Residual Stresses Around Solid Rivets in Mechanical Joints,” Journal of Aircraft 44(1): 323-329.
Caron, R., Samson, C., Straznicky, P., Ferguson, S., Archer, R., and Sander, Luise. 2011. “Magnetic and magneto-gradiometric surveying using a simulated unmanned aircraft system”, 81st Annual Meeting of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, San Antonio, TX, 18-23 September.
C.D. Rans, R.C. Alderliesten, and P.V. Straznicky, “Effects of rivet installation on residual stresses and secondary bending in a riveted joints,” 48th AIAA Structure, Structure Dynamics, and Materials Conference, Apr 2007.
A.M. Brown, C.D. Rans, and P.V. Straznicky, “On achieving an optimal riveted lap joint design for fibre metal laminates,” CANCOM 2007, Aug 2007.
A.M. Brown, and P.V. Straznicky, “Modelling fretting contact stresses in a single lap splice,” 5th International Symposium on Fretting Fatigue, Apr 2007.
An NSERC Collaborative Research Grant “Unmanned Aircraft System Technologies” has been awarded to a team of researchers including Professors Mojtaba Ahmadi (M&AE), Dean R. Goubran (SCE), Trevor Pearce (SCE), Claire Samson (Earth Sciences), Paul V. Straznicky (M&AE) and Anthony Whitehead (Information Technology). Professor Straznicky is the Principal Investigator. Sander Geophysics Limited, an Ottawa-based firm in the field of geophysical airborne surveys is the industry partner and the major project supporter.
The research topics are autonomous operations, obstacle detection, magnetic signature control, low-cost composite structures, and geomagnetic data acquisition. The research project is closely connected to the current 4th-year UAV project in M&AE and will use the prototype GeoSurv II system being developed by the undergraduate students. The grant has a total value of approximately $100,000 per year for three years. The results of the research will enable cost-effective natural resource surveys of Canadian landmass, especially in the North, thereby helping in efficient and environmentally responsible geological exploration.