Former Profs return & Engineer hopefuls have busy term ahead

Familiar and friendly faces return to the peninsula.

Many of our readers, especially Ex Cadets may recognize some faces and names from days gone by at RMC.

For eleven last Fridays of the month, (they skip December) every year – a number of former college professors and other former senior staff members meet for lunch and to ‘catch up’ on the news.

They usually switch venues every month going from one restaurant to another in and around Kingston.

This past Friday they ended up at the Senior Staff Mess.

Included in the group this time around:

Lew Lowther – Physics 1949-1985; Phil Somers – Physics 1989-96; Rod Harris-Lowe – Physics 1965-1995; Paul Allard – Elect-Eng 1976-2007; Helmut Binhammer – Arts & Eng 1955-1994; Ron Mann – Chemistry and Chemical Engineering 1958 – 1960 & 1962-2010; Charles Simonds – Chemisty 1960-63; Paul Van Nest – Physics 1965-68; Les Bennett – Chemistry and Chemical Engineering 1972-2010; Jim Barrett – Math 1967-2002 & Continuing Studies 1996-2002; Lawrence McDonough – Economics 1979-2015; Charles Maingon – French Studies 1970 – 2000; Mike Evans – Chemistry and Chemical Engineering 1965-1998; Jack Treddenick – Economics 1965-2000; and Craig Moffatt – Mech Eng 1955-2008.

A great bunch of gentlemen that collectively contributed 459 years to the RMC.

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AEE-GAF 461 Aerospace Propulsion Course – Propeller Lab

Aerospace propulsion is a core course for RMC’s Aeronautical Engineers, and available to the Mechanical Engineers.

In addition to the inevitable hours of lectures and piles of homework questions, the student teams do three labs, including this one on propeller performance.

While it is simple to run a propeller on a test bench and observe its behaviour, that is not the natural environment of today’s (wild or domesticated) propellers.

The RMC closed-circuit wind-tunnel provides the airflow necessary for the student teams to determine propeller efficiencies, speed, thrust and torque at a range of simulated flight speeds.  Like any testing, 100 hours of planning go into 1 hour of testing.

Dr. Asad Asghar, Adjunct Associate Professor and Research Associate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering has perfected this propeller test rig over the years.  He is never far from the students to advise and keep them smart & safe.

The testing is undertaken in the windtunnel which has multiple test sections to support this sort of undergraduate activity on tight time lines, and also a range of research efforts.  The test sections can be quickly switched in an out to maximize the availability of this precious resource.

Two more labs await the IV Mech and Aero Eng students taking propulsion from Dr. Allan: a turboshaft engine and a rocket.

It will be a busy year.

More photos on this project by OCdt Louis Saulnier – Here