Unique in North America
The Centre technologique en aérospatiale – CTA is a centre for innovative technological applications serving the aerospace industry. Located adjacent to Saint-Hubert Airport in premises belonging to the of the École nationale d’aérotechnique – ÉNA, the CTA mission is to promote the creation and transfer of expertise towards private and public organizations, so that they are able to improve both their productivity and competitiveness.
The CTA helps identify technological solutions that correspond to the specific needs of companies in the following fields: machining, composites, metrology, prototyping, avionics, virtual communications, aircraft recycling, etc. More specifically, the CTA team has developed expertise in the following areas:
- Machining of aluminum, composites and hard materials
- Computer-assisted design and fabrication using CATIA, ANSYS and VERICUT
- Optimization of cutting conditions using modal analysis
- Inspection and quality control
- Realization of prototypes for proof of concepts
- Fabrication in composite materials
- Characterization of materials
- Mechanical design
- Dimensional control
- Design of hydraulic and avionics systems
An opportunity for businesses
Due to it’s team made up of more than 30 permanent specialists, a network of more than 100 experts working in the aerospace field around the world, as well us numerous partners in the private and public sectors, the CTA can assist companies in a variety of ways. For example:
- By testing new technologies likely to be integrated into their processes;
- By adapting technologies into their production that have proven efficient in other economic sectors or abroad;
- By developing operational procedures;
- By analyzing in an impartial manner the economic feasibility of the implementation or adaptation of a particular technology;
- By promoting the training of more and more qualified personnel;
- By accompanying them even further in their development.
New equipment and infrastructure
The CTA possesses new premises, with laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment that are added to the existing laboratories used for machining and fabrication of composite materials for the injection moulding process jointly operated with the École Polytechnique de Montréal.
This new equipment, added to that of the ÉNA, represents more than $70M put at the service of companies in this sector. It should be noted that the choice of equipment was made in order to complement that already available in universities, and private and public centres of technological applications in Québec, partners of CTA. This has allowed large-scale applied research programs to be carried out.
Included in the new equipment is a robotized inspection system that uses laser and ultrasound to inspect composite parts. The technologies available in the metrology laboratory allow a number of problematic situations current in the aeronautical market to be dealt with, with or without contact, and either automated or robotized. The machining laboratory includes 5-axis machine tools, a milling lathe and a robot for machining aluminum, composite materials, titanium and Inconel. The avionics certification laboratory carries out sand and dust testing, as well as Halt & Hass tests. The new service for DO-160 certification will be offered jointly with the Industrial Research Centre of Quebec (Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec – CRIQ). In this way, the CTA acts as an interface between the different actors in the industry: specialists, companies, research centres, universities, training centres, governments and associations at both the Canadian and international levels.