UNIT 3

AEROSPACE & ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Aerospace technology is a strategic technology with strategic application in civil and military fields. Aerospace and Additive Manufacturing (AAM) which is unit 3 of the SMRI was created to explore aerospace technology that is relevant in the context of development of Malaysia and directly applicable to the Malaysian aero industry. The focus of the Unit 3, AAM, is small-scale-airplanes (in the form of unmanned aerial vehicles) development and production. The airplanes can be in the form of copters as well as fixed wing airplanes. Research activities are conducted on these platforms, not only aerospace fundamental researches, but also applied researches, with the aim of producing safe operational prototypes. The primary focus on manufacturing method is based on additive manufacturing. The knowledge gains from the activities are shared through training and consultation. The AAM is also actively collaborating with industries to expand and explore new opportunities for the use of these technologies.

RESEARCH

Aerospace technology is a strategic technology with strategic application in civil and military fields. Aerospace and Additive Manufacturing (AAM) which is unit 3 of the SMRI was created to explore aerospace technology that is relevant in the context of development of Malaysia and directly applicable to the Malaysian aero industry. The focus of the Unit 3, AAM, is small-scale-airplanes (in the form of unmanned aerial vehicles) development and production. The airplanes can be in the form of copters as well as fixed wing airplanes. Research activities are conducted on these platforms, not only aerospace fundamental researches, but also applied researches, with the aim of producing safe operational prototypes. The primary focus on manufacturing method is based on additive manufacturing. The knowledge gains from the activities are shared through training and consultation. The AAM is also actively collaborating with industries to expand and explore new opportunities for the use of these technologies.  

 

CONSULTANCY

The AAM unit does provide consultation services that are related to the Aerospace Design, Production, and Operation, particularly (although not limited) to UAV. The scope of consultancy is not limited to civilian domain only, but also to military sectors. For example, a current project related to military application is on the fatigue monitoring of airplanes. A reasonable fee will be charged according to an agreement between SMRI and client which is subject to university guidelines.

TRAINING

The AAM unit also provides trainings that are related to the Aerospace Design, Production, and Operation, particularly (although not limited) to UAV. The trainings can be tailored to the suitability of the clients, in the form of courses or as a seminar. For example, AAM has conducted a seminar on exploring regulations for UAV airplanes. Other trainings such as aerodynamic analysis using wind tunnels, aerodynamic analysis using CFD, static and fatigue structural tests, can be arranged. Trainings that are domain specific such as aerodynamics, flight dynamics, flight simulations, and aircraft structures, can also be prepared.

 

Facilities & Expertise

 

  • Flight Simulator
  • 3D Printer
  • Open-Loop Wind Tunnel
  • Static and Fatigue Testing Machines
  • Air Traffic Control Simulation Lab

 

  • 3D Printing –  Additive Manufacturing
  • UAV (Fixed-Wing and Rotorcraft) Design and Flight Testing
  • Aircraft Aerodynamics, Design, Flight Dynamics -Control, and Performance
  • Lightweight Structure Design and Analysis
  • Fatigue Monitoring
  • Air Traffic Control Simulation and Ergonomics