Supporting the evolution of the defense and security industry through innovation

On June 1 and 2, 2022, National Research Council of Canada (NRC) experts from research centers in Aerospace, Security and Disruptive Technologies, Automotive and Surface Transportation, Digital Technologies and Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering are participating in CANSEC , the largest research center in Canada, the global defense and security trade show.

After a 2-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event, hosted annually by the Canadian Association of Defense and Security Industries (CADSI), invites exhibitors to showcase cutting-edge technologies, products and services for defense and security industry.

As the Government of Canada’s largest research and development organization, NRC conducts research and technology development for its customers and partners by delivering security and defense solutions that span air, land and shipping, infrastructure and buildings, controlled goods and intelligence.

Additionally, in an effort to further advance defense and security R&D solutions, an evolving Memorandum of Understanding between NRC and one of its most important collaborators, the Department of National Defense (DND), was signed on November 22, 2021. This renewed MOU The 25-year agreement reiterates the importance of sustainability and national strategic defense capabilities at a time when disruptive innovations such as quantum and AI have become key differentiators for nations. Built on more than 100 years of collaboration, this strategic partnership will become even more essential for Canada’s defense forces, the defense and security industry and Canadians.

Discover some of the innovative defense and security solutions developed by the NRC below and by watching our dynamic video

On display at CANSEC: Wind tunnel model of the Arctic Offshore and Patrol Vessel

Landing a helicopter on the deck of a moving ship is not as easy as it seems. Pilots must take into account highly turbulent airflows on deck as well as heaving or pitching of the vessel due to different sea states. NRC is collaborating with DND and Defense and Research and Development Canada on a program wind tunnel tests to quantify the environment aboard ships to reduce the risks and reduce the costs of flight testing at sea. NRC is currently supporting operations on Canada’s new offshore vessel and Arctic patrol vessel, including the first class flight test that took place aboard HMCS. Harry Dewolf in the summer of 2021.

Presentations at CANSEC: Defense and Security Mobility Solutions

NRC has created digital twins of wheeled and tracked military vehicles using a combination of laboratory testing at NRC’s Structural Dynamics Facility, field testing and modeling, and simulation techniques. Digital twins enable rapid analysis of performance and safety features when changes to vehicle configuration are considered or when mobility/traversability assessment is required in unique terrain. NRC is working with DND to develop digital twins of varying complexity for a range of vehicle platforms, from ultra-light combat vehicles to heavy logistics and armored vehicles. NRC is also working on related research topics involving off-road vehicle mobility. For example, remote sensing terrain techniques for real-time feedback of mobility performance to drivers or for autonomous all-terrain vehicle applications, and support for the ongoing development of the next-generation reference mobility model of NATO.

CANSEC Talks: Multifunctional Nanocomposites

NRC is helping to develop the next generation of multifunctional protective materials for military and first responders. These multifunctional nanocomposites are lightweight and conformable while combining protection against fire, shock and electromagnetic interference. Our NRC researchers continue to work with industry and DND on advanced hardware solutions for defense and security applications.

Featured at CANSEC: Electronic Nose

NRC has developed a low-cost sensor array with minimal power requirements for the detection of airborne chemicals. Commercially available high-purity carbon nanotubes, combined with affordable polymers, result in a sensor array that uniquely responds to a variety of chemicals of concern. This scalable and trainable system has the potential to alert the military, first responders, and public safety communities to chemical and biological hazards more quickly and affordably than is currently possible.

Exhibits at CANSEC: Smart Castings

Using a new molecular ink, a printable ink that has conductive properties, e2ip technologies, in collaboration with the NRC, has developed an innovative technology that integrates electronic circuits and sensors on 2D sheets of thin plastic. These are formed and over-molded in protective plastic to create smart surfaces and parts.

This enables the manufacture of elegant multifunctional user interfaces that are lighter, more compact and can be manufactured at lower cost. This disruptive technology is set to completely transform the surfaces we touch and allow us to reinvent the way we interact with the world around us.

NRC’s Multimedia Analytics Tools for Security (MATS) program brings together end users and industry partners to create AI-powered machine learning and analytics solutions that help find critical information more accurately and quickly. The main deliverables of the program are software algorithms and prototypes that advance solutions for national defense, security, and public safety analysts.

As part of the maintenance and modernization of the Canadian fleet, DND requested the assistance of NRC’s Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering Research Center to design, build and test a new autopilot control system which, when activated, automatically adjusts and compensates for any disturbance. this could affect the heading of the submarine in the water. NRC’s modeling services proved ideal for testing the improved autopilot system, as it allowed DND to see the test software in action, since the model submarine could be maneuvered on command. Additionally, NRC offers expertise in creating technical specifications and sourcing strategies, evaluating and implementing engineering changes, and evaluating performance improvements using numerical simulations and simulations. tank tests.

Through research in the Arctic regions, we focus on providing safer and more efficient shipping routes, improving oil spill detection, countermeasures, ice clean-up methods and ensuring more reliable operations on ice roads. Our efforts increase the probability of survival in the event of an emergency evacuation from ships in ice-covered waters and from offshore platforms.

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