CONCAVE (CONcordia Centre for Advanced Vehicle Engineering) Research Centre was founded in 1985 tofocus research and development efforts in the area of Transport Technology. The establishment of the centrewas made possible through several awards from federal and provincial organizations including a special grantunder the Programme d’actions structurantes by the Ministère de l’enseignement supérieur et de la science,Gouvernement du Québec (FCAR).

MISSION & OBJECTIVES

Advancement of technology:
To develop safe and efficient transport systems through fundamental and applied research; and to develop cost effective analysis, designand testing of vehicle systems and sub-systems.

Training:
To train graduate students, senior level undergraduate students and research professionals in Transport Technology through the academicprograms offered by the MED (Department of Mechanical Engineering) for effective resource development; and to train professionalsfrom collaborating organizations by conducting workshops and seminars.

Technology transfer:
To assist industries in product assessment, acquisition, development and implementation of new technologies and methodologies throughthe centre’s unique test infrastructure and research program.

TEAM & ITS EXPERTISE

The research activities of the centre are of an interdisciplinary nature, since they encompass different areas of expertise in mechanical,electrical, and computer engineering. The CONCAVE team comprises members with expertise in road vehicle dynamics, railwaydynamics, micro-sensors and devices, micro-mechatronics, driver-vehicle interaction, structural dynamics, acoustics, vibration control,human vibration, adaptive and active control, suspension dynamics, etc.

The research activities of the centre are supported by 7 full-time faculty members, 3 adjunct faculty members, 4 research associates, 5technical and research assistants, 4 technical staff members, 4 technical assistants, and approximately 20 graduate students.

RESEARCH FUNDING

The research program of the CONCAVE research centre is primary funded by the grants awarded by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council ofCanada (NSERC), Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FCAR), Institut de recherche en santé et en sécurite du travail(IRSST),Transport Canada, Forestry Engineering Research Institute of Canada, and various contracts from the industries.