Research Interests

The Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Lab (SMSD) at Queen’s University is a leading research organization that specializes in advanced modeling (FEM) and multi-disciplinary design and optimization. This state-of-the-art research body has extensive experience in developing and publishing novel academic research for automotive, aerospace, and defence driven applications, utilizing analytical and computational optimization techniques to develop new principles and methodologies to solve practical problems with various industrial partners.

Research areas include:

  • Automotive design and Aerospace design, including hybrid vehicles and lightweight design.
  • Advanced, multi-physics modeling and analysis, including FEM.
  • Multi-disciplinary, multi-objective design and optimization, including multi-disciplinary topology optimization
  • Design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) for aerospace, automotive, and defense
  • Advanced manufacturing, including additive manufacturing (3D printing) and metal forming processes.
  • Accurate fatigue analysis; Multi-physics neural network modeling; Machine learning; Prognostics and health monitoring.
  • Composite modeling; Lightweight design and manufacturing using composites, especially CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics).

Industry Partners in 4 industries (aerospace, automotive, defense, energy) including:

  • General Motors (GM Oshawa, Canada, and GM Michigan, USA)
  • Magna
  • General Dynamics Canada
  • Bombardier Aerospace
  • Pratt & Whiney Canada
  • Safran Landing (Messier-Dowty)
  • Bombardier Transportation
  • RMC and Department of National Defence
  • Life Prediction Technologies Inc.