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Hany Moustapha

Hany Moustapha

Department of Mechanical Engineering
École de technologie supérieure

Chair Title

NSERC/P&WC Industrial Research Chair on Propulsion System Integration and Optimization

Chair Program

Industrial Research Chairs Program


Executive Chairholder since 2011


The gas turbine engine has evolved rapidly to provide a reliable and efficient business solution for global transportation. The engine design process is clearly a large contributor to this evolution. This process is highly iterative, multidisciplinary and complex in nature. The success of an engine depends on a carefully balanced design that best exploits the interactions between numerous traditional engineering disciplines such as aerodynamics and structures as well as lifecycle analysis of cost, manufacturability, serviceability and supportability.

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) is the world leader in the design and manufacture of small aero-engines and Canada's top aerospace R&D investor. P&WC typically designs and develops 10-15 engines per year, which has resulted in a record 50 new engines certified over the past ten years. To continue this and to address new market requirements, advanced design and engine module design studies could reach 30 to 50 per year.

The Chair program aims to deploy a fully automated and integrated P&WC Turbine System Optimizer (TSO) that is capable of finding the optimal balance between aerodynamic performance, cooling flows, durability, cost, weight and so on in order to achieve the best product performance. The resulting TSO is expected to produce better-integrated results, while providing a step reduction in engine design elapsed time. A simplified generic version of the TSO will be made available to universities in order to train the next generation of turbine engineers to understand the various turbine system trade-off factors and their impact on overall engine performance, weight and cost.

The Chair program draws motivation from the vision at École de technologie superieure (ETS), whose aim is to strengthen its expertise in propulsion systems through a strategic industrial partnership with P&WC in order to develop a new generation of engineers with greater knowledge in optimization and integration of the entire power plant and aircraft system.


  • Pratt and Whitney Canada Inc.

Contact Information

Department of Mechanical Engineering
École de technologie supérieure
1100 Notre-Dame Street West
Montréal, Québec
H3C 1K3

Tel.: 514-396-8436
Fax: 514-396-8530

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