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The Research Laboratory in Active Controls, Avionics and Aeroservoelasticity (LARCASE) is multidisciplinary and active in the multidisciplinary fields of aeroservoelasticity (aerodynamics and CFD, aeroelasticity and aircraft controls) related to the modelling and simulation of aircraft (airplanes and helicopters). These aircraft models validation is realized by use of experimental data collected on the ground (in wind tunnels) or in flight delivered by the aeronautical companies working in collaboration with Larcase.

At LARCASE, PhD, master and internship students have the possibility to apply their knowledge to projects realized in collaboration with aeronautical companies.


The LARCASE activities are mainly located in the controls, avionics and aeroservoelasticity disciplines in the aeronautical field, mainly in the modeling and simulation of aircraft and in their models validation using the real data obtained during flight or in wind tunnels.

The LARCASE projects have been and are being carried out and funded in the aeronautics field in collaboration with the following companies located in the Montreal area: Bombardier, Bell Helicopter Textron, CAE Inc., CMC Electronics - Esterline, FLIR Systems, GlobVision, Presagis, Thales, Tristar multicopters, as well as with Hydra Technologies in Mexico and TAROM in Romania. Some of these projects were and are realized in collaboration with the Canadian Research Institute in Aerospace IAR-NRC. Many other projets were realized in collaboration with US Research Institutes: NASA Armstrong Flight Center, NASA Langley Research Center and US Navy Research Laboratory, as well as with research institutes from other countries: DLR (Germany), INCAS (Romania), ONERA (France), FOI (Sweden) and CIRA (Italy). The LARCASE team works with teams from other universities in Canada: École Polytechnique, Carleton University, Concordia University and McGill University, in Europe: the Military Technical Academy and the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering in Bucharest, Romania, the University of Applied Sciences of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, the Federico II University and the University of Bologna in Italy and with the UNESP in Brazil. LARCASE’s projects are also being carried out as part of the Canada Research Chair Tier 1 in Aircraft Modelling and Simulation Technologies Program, of which Dr. Botez helds the position since 2011 – and a number of 4 equipments are being used within this chair program: Two Level D flight simulators for the Cessna Citation X business aircraft and the CRJ-700, Hydra Technologies’ UAS-S4 autonomous flight system (the 3 pieces of equipments were funded by the CFI and the MDEIE) as well as the Price- Païdoussis subsonic wind tunnel.

Since the LARCASE foundation in 2003 by Dr Ruxandra MIhaela Botez at the ÉTS, a high number of students have finalized their works on aeronautical projets at the LARCASE and most of them work actually in aeronautical companies. Jusqu’en 2020, a total of 19 PhD’s students, 124 Master’s students and 266 Bachelor’s internship students graduated from LARCASE. The LARCASE’ main objective is the graduation of Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD students and their hiring in the aerospace companies after their graduation.