our value to helicopter consumers

 

Smart Rotor Systems Inc. is an innovative company with groundbreaking technologies for helicopters that shifts the industry towards new vibration control solutions.

 

The first-of-its-kind technology, the Active Pitch Link, is capable of reducing vibration by 90% in a fail-safe manner via a piezo-actuator based, electrically-driven pitch link, which will enable helicopters to perform a “jet-smooth” flight.

 

Such improvement will decrease maintenance costs, generate ~$100,000 in savings for operators per year [estimated on the average flight hours per helicopter per year], improve safety, reliability, comfort and performance of a helicopter, while decreasing associated health risks for passengers and crew.

REDUCTION OF:

  • 90%VIBRATION

  • 90%FAILURE RATE

  • 42%CORRECTIVE MAINTENANCE

  • 25%LIFE CYCLE COST

 

 


our innovations

 

 

  • Active Pitch Link

  • Actively Controlled Flap

  • Hybrid Control Concept

  • Analyses & Computer Simulations

  • Composite Rotor Blades

Active Pitch Link

Actively Controlled Flap

The first outboard, high-voltage, closed-loop flow control device that is installed at the 65~85% radius portion of a helicopter blade with a primary role of altering its aerodynamics to reduce vibration and/or noise.

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Hybrid Control Concept

The first in the world commercial, novel and patented “Smart Hybrid Active Rotor Control Systems (SHARCS)” for reduction of vibration and noise on helicopters. The unique benefit of this Hybrid Control concept is its ability to reduce both vibration and noise simultaneously by employing two independent SRS control systems.

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Analyses & Computer Simulations

 SRS offers computational analyses service using its own state-of-the-art aeroelastic software code. Aeroelastic 3D computer simulations of rotor-based technologies (i.e. helicopters, wind turbines, and other rotary wing machines) are imperative in order to assess the feasibility of the system. There are currently no similar commercial products on the market.

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Composite Rotor Blades

 The scaled composite material helicopter blades are built incorporating exact specifications of original helicopter blades with respect to specific size, weight, stiffness and profile, as well as other custom variables. SRS is the first and only company in Canada with the capability to design, manufacture, assemble, instrument and certify scaled composite material rotor blades.

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our facilities

 

Office

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Smart Rotor Systems Inc., is located at 100 Gloucester Street, in the heart of business centre of Ottawa, surrounded by the shops, restaurants, bars and boutiques. Office has two newly renovated floors, connected by an open staircase that has been thoughtfully divided into large open  shared and private workspaces, a professional reception area, meeting rooms and a large open kitchen area with multiple workstations.

Test Facility

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Smart Rotor Systems Inc., in collaboration with the Rotorcraft Research Group at Carleton University and National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in Ottawa has built a state-of-the-art whirl tower test facility. The whirl tower is equipped with 60 HP, 575 V 3-phase, 1,800 RPM motor located in a test chamber with a diameter of 15 ft (4.57 m). It has Armorcore level 3 panels, a glass-fibre based protective panel and it is monitored by live video and live data collection viewed from an isolated control room. The lowest mode’s natural frequency is beyond the nominal RPM of 1,550 to allow continuous testing. The rotor hub houses both a wireless telemetry system with 27 differential and 36 strain gauge channel, as well as an 8-channel slip ring assembly.

Laboratory

laboratory

Smart Rotor Systems Inc., in collaboration with the Rotorcraft Research Group at Carleton University and National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in Ottawa has gained access to and established laboratory facilities such as composite material clean room and freezer, autoclave, machine shop, assembly shop, high and low voltage as well as signal analyses areas.

Incubator

Smart Rotor Systems Inc., has been awarded an Honorable Mention in the first Sikorsky Innovations Entrepreneurial Challenge and as a result has been granted access to the Stamford Innovations Center – an incubator for business start-ups, at Stamford, CT, USA.

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Test Facility

Laboratory

Incubator

 

 


 

our posts

 

  • MOSCOW, RUSSIA - September 2-6, 2013, co-founder of Smart Rotor Systems, Kostyantyn Khomutov, attended the 39th European Rotorcraft Forum - one of the premier events in the rotorcraft community.   Technical presentations in the area of active vibration control for helicopters have yet again proven the superior advantage of the SRS’ Active Pitch Link and, so far, its unbeatable value proposition to helicopter manufacturers.   During the event, Kostyantyn met with leading helicopter research institutions in the world, representatives of leading helicopter manufacturers and their vibration reduction technology suppliers. Kostyantyn has confirmed the interest of Russian Helicopters, reengaged with AgustaWestland's technical team and secured their interest in SRS’ Active Pitch Link.
  • MOSCOW, RUSSIA - August 27-31, 2013, co-founder of Smart Rotor Systems, Kostyantyn Khomutov, as part of the Canadian delegation, organized by the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment has, for the 2nd time, attended and exhibited at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS 2013.   Hundreds of aircraft and high aerospace technologies were displayed at MAKS 2013, on the grounds of the town of aircraft science and technology - Zhukovsky, at the airfield of the major national testing facility - Gromov Flight Research Institute. During the event, visitors watched a unique flying program presented by Europeans, Americans, Russians and Chinese aerobatic teams. MAKS 2013 had more that 350 thousand visitors and thousands of technical exhibits gathered in pavilions.   Kostyantyn has successfully exhibited Smart Rotor Systems’ innovative technology capable of reducing Noise and Vibration on helicopters simultaneously, and met with Chief Designers and Innovation Program Directors of leading Russian Helicopters’ companies Mil and Kamov. During the meetings, Kostyantyn secured their interest to collaborate on the implementation of the Active Pitch Link onto Russian helicopters and determined further steps required in order to establish collaboration with Russian Helicopters.  
  • Smart Rotor Systems Inc. has strengthened its Intellectual Property portfolio by filling an International patent application (PCT application) for the latest, 3rd generation Active Pitch Link.
  • Smart Rotor Systems Inc.’s technology was featured on Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet Show. The documentary outlines the concept of our Active Pitch Link, shows its capabilities in operation, benefits as well as our Whirl Tower test facility on premises of National Research Council of Canada. The episode is presented in the link below, please follow:   http://watch.discoverychannel.ca/daily-planet/april-2013/daily-planet---april-10th-2013/#clip903136
  • LAS VEGAS, NV, USA - From March 4-7, 2013, co-founder of Smart Rotor Systems, Kostyantyn Khomutov, was an active participant of the world’s largest helicopter exposition and trade show with more than 20,000 helicopter industry professionals that gathered on the 1.5 million square feet of show floor for HELI-EXPO 2013 .   During the show, Kostyantyn met with representatives of all leading helicopter manufactures and their 1st tier parts and service suppliers to discuss the value proposition that SRS brings to the industry, investment and partnership opportunities and common grounds for collaboration in commercialization of SRS’ groundbreaking technology - the Active Pitch Link.   Kostyantyn has initiated and established strong connections with the leading industry players, secured industry interest in the technology and has determined future steps for the successful implementation of the Active Pitch Link onto helicopters.
  • By Graham Warwick
    March 04, 2013 
    Credit: Pankl Aerospace
    Graham Warwick Washington
    As budgets are cut and margins squeezed, and business becomes more competitive, industry is turning to challenges to seek diverse views on difficult problems. And the prize, for the companies, can be ideas, talent or visibility in key markets.   “Diversity of thought is key to innovation,” says Ray Johnson, Lockheed Martin senior vice president and chief technology officer. “The more different views you get on a problem, the more you can facilitate a culture of innovation.”   Increasingly, industry is using prize competitions to find ideas for innovations, and targets for investment. Lockheed ran an innovation challenge late last year, both globally and internally; Northrop Grumman stages a competition for students in the United Arab Emirates; Raytheon runs an annual internal competition, and Sikorsky has launched an online challenge to identify potential entrepreneurial partners. (more…)
  • Smart Rotor Systems Inc. has been nominated and selected as one of five finalists for this year’s Bootstrap Award for Innovation in Engineering and Technology. Winners will be announced at the annual Bootstrap Awards held in Ottawa, ON, on February 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm (EST). To learn more about the Awards and Exploriem, please read the full article from Exploriem blog page -> here.  
  • SRS extends its office to Sikorsky Innovations’ “incubator” space at Stamford Innovation Center, located in Stamford, CT, USA with the intent to participate in the educational program offered by Sikorsky Innovations to align its technology with Sikorsky’s needs. During the stay, co-founder and CEO of SRS, Kostyantyn Khomutov, aims to determine common grounds for collaboration with Sikorsky to bring SRS’ technology to the next level of commercialization and ultimately incorporate this technology into helicopters.
  • Sikorsky Innovations Announces Winner of First Entrepreneurial Challenge Competition

    STRATFORD, Connecticut - Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., has selected Pankl Aerospace Innovations, LLC, as the winner of its firstEntrepreneurial Challenge Competition. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
    Pankl Aerospace Innovations, a newly formed spin-off entity of Pankl Aerospace based in Cerritos, California, was selected for its presentation of a portfolio of potentially transformational technologies packaged into an aircraft technology demonstrator named H.E.R.O. The H.E.R.O. technology demonstrator features active camouflage, bionically inspired rotor blades, and advanced aerodynamics.
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  • Fort Worth, TX, USA - From May 1-3, 2012, Smart Rotor Systems Inc., participated in the world’s premier technical professional society forum for the advancement of vertical flight - AHS International, Forum 68. AHS Forum 68 brought together helicopter manufacturers, research centers, academia, operators and regulatory agencies. This is one of a kind conference and a trade show where one can observe, present and discuss concerns, innovations, technical and regulatory progress in the helicopter industry. “We are proud members of this society.” says Kostyantyn Khomutov, Co-founder and CEO of Smart Rotor Systems Inc.  
  • OTTAWA, ON, CANADA – From March 16-18, 2012, Smart Rotor Systems Inc. (SRS) participated in the 16th Annual Helicopter Association Canada (HAC) Convention and Trade Show. Canada has the second largest civil helicopter fleet in the world. Every year, Helicopter Association Canada brings together helicopter manufacturers, operators and regulators to ensure the continued growth and success of the most-heavily regulated modes of transportation – the helicopter industry. SRS was a proud participant of this event.  
  • DALLAS, TX, USA - From February 11-14, 2012, Smart Rotor Systems Inc. (SRS) participated in the largest helicopter convention and trade show in the world - Heli-Expo 2012. Organized yearly, the Heli-Expo is the place to see and be seen for helicopter industry stakeholders and specialists that converge each year from around the globe, representing some of the biggest, most innovative and versatile companies and products available on the market today. Co-founder and CEO of SRS, Kostyantyn Khomutov, met with key personnel of leading helicopter manufacturers to discuss the overwhelming concerns regarding vibration and noise on helicopters.  
  • MOSCOW, RUSSIAN FEDERATION and KIEV, UKRAINE – From August 14-23, 2011, Smart Rotor Systems Inc. (SRS) participated in the Canadian Mission to Moscow’s (Russian Federation) International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS 2011) and to Kiev’s (Ukraine) Aerospace Summit organized by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ontario, Canada. During the visit, SRS successfully presented its innovative technologies and held number of meetings with Russian helicopter manufacturers and aerospace companies, discussing potential collaboration arrangements. [caption id="attachment_465" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Smart Rotor Systems Inc. at MAKS 2011 Smart Rotor Systems Inc. at MAKS 2011[/caption]  
  • The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and Smart Rotor Systems Inc. (SRS) announced today their agreement for SRS to use a NRC-patented structural component designed to control vibrations in helicopter rotors and aircraft wings.   Ottawa-based Smart Rotor Systems Inc. (SRS) specializes in innovative vibration and noise control technology for the rotorcraft market. SRS intends to lead the helicopter market toward a new solution for simultaneous noise and vibration control. (more…)
  • VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, USA - Smart Rotor Systems Inc. (SRS) displayed its innovative technologies during the AHS forum 67 held from May 3-5, 2011 in Virginia Beach, VA. The SRS exhibit showcased its unique product, the Active Pitch Link – capable of reducing vibrations by as much as 60%, controlling torsional stiffness of the blade and adding significantly to existing benefits of flow control devices such as the Actively Controlled Flap and/or the Active Twist Rotor. In collaboration with the Rotorcraft Research Group of Carleton University, SRS also presented a technical paper describing the first ever, closed-loop control tests of an electrically-driven Active Pitch Link (APL).   During the AHS Forum 67 conference and exhibit, the APL prototype and technical paper received favorable attention from forum participants including major helicopter manufacturers and military representatives. SRS plans to demonstrate its unique concept to major helicopter industry players in its own Whirl Tower facility in Ottawa, Canada, and is currently accepting visitor requests to the demonstrations to be held in June 2011. Requests to attend the demonstrations can be sent to info@smartrotorsystems.ca [caption id="attachment_322" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Left to right: Steven Vamosi, Melissa Richardson, Kostyantyn Khomutov, Daniel Feszty, R. Dillon Young.[/caption]
  • On March 1, 2011, SRS Inc. successfully completed a centrifugal loading test of the Active Pitch Link at the full speed of 1550 RPM. This test allowed SRS Inc.’s engineers to begin full shakedown testing of the Active Pitch Link in a rotational frame. Please see a slow motion video of this test below:
  • Congratulations to SRS Inc. and Rotorcraft Research Group at Carleton University: Construction of the whirl-tower and its first shakedown test took place on January 26, 2011. It took just a matter of days before the whirl-tower was taken to its full speed - rotating SRS Inc.’s scaled down helicopter blade at 1550 RPM, and thereby creating 0.52 Mach at the tip of the blade. Please see a video of this test below:
  • On October 22, 2010, during the Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc. Annual General Meeting taking place at Royal Ontario Museum, Smart Rotor Systems Inc. showcased multiple prototypes of a leading edge technology capable of reducing noise and vibration on helicopters, along with a scaled down models of composite material rotor blades. During the event a co-founder and CEO of Smart Rotor Systems Inc., Kostyantyn Khomutov was awarded a 2nd year renewal of Martin Walmsley Fellowship for Technological Entrepreneurship. The Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of Research and Innovation, as well as OCE Chair David McFadden and Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO, updated the status of the various initiatives, and they were on hand as the winners of OCE's Mind to Market Award presentation were announced along with recipients of the Martin Walmsley Fellowship for Technological Entrepreneurship. Minister Murray expressed just how impressed he was with the caliber of OCE-supported companies such as Smart Rotor Systems Inc. In his speech he reflected the Ministry’s strong, practical focus on taking Ontario’s innovations global. Smart Rotor Systems Inc. demonstrated its innovative technology to a steady stream of participants - the majority of which took time to learn more about the company and its leading edge products. [caption id="attachment_235" align="aligncenter" width="463"] Smart Rotor Systems Inc. at Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc.'s Annual General Meeting 2010. Photo courtesy of Ontario Centres of Excellence.[/caption]
  • Two halves of the carbon fiber scaled blade were assembled together with an inner structural foam. The assembled scaled down blade, without the Tungsten ballast and the removable tip, was tested in static conditions to determine the actual modal frequencies. For this, the blade was cantilevered and a known input signal was generated by an impact hammer. Accelerometer data were collected from 27 locations across the blade through LMS data acquisition. Results showed reasonable agreement between the FEM analysis and the experiment. Additional data is available upon request.
  • The first two scaled composite material blades (radius 1.1 m) for the SHARCS whirl tower tests scheduled for July 2010 have just been manufactured by SRS Inc. These blades will undergo static and shake tests in February and March 2010. Pictures and more details coming soon.
  • 01 February, 2010
    SRS Inc. has completed the proof-of-concept demonstrations of a new, more compact Active Pitch Link (APL) designated for helicopter rotors. This second generation APL prototype weighs less than the first unit developed by SRS Inc., requires less power and offers the same performance. Videos, pictures and more details coming soon.
  • President of Smart Rotor Systems Inc. Dr. Daniel Feszty, has delivered an invited lecture at IDGA's 7th Military Helicopter Summit (HELICON 2009) in Huntsville, AL on 19 November 2009. The talk titled "Experimental Demonstrations of the Active Pitch Link for Vibration Reduction on Helicopters" was describing the benefits of the Active Pitch Link for military helicopter operators and was one of the only two non-military presentations at this 3-days venue.
  • 12 November, 2009
    On November 12th, 2009 Smart Rotor Systems Inc., launched a new web site. The new design of the site provides friendly look and easy to navigate through out the site functions.
  • TVC is Ottawa’s most prestigious competition for encouraging post-secondary students to act on their innovative ideas.  35 business proposals were submitted this 2009 season, and Smart Rotor Systems Inc. became one of 3 finalists.
  • A Carleton University graduate student is trying to launch a business based on a device that could make wind turbines quiet enough to install closer to people's homes and make loud, rattling helicopter rides a thing of the past.  Read the full article at CBC News.
  • Two of the three finalists in the upcoming Technology Venture Challenge (TVC) are teams from Carleton University. The grand prize winner will be announced on May 12.  The winner will walk away with $10,000, while second and third place recipients will each receive $5,000.  Read the full article at Carleton Newsroom.
  • The horizontal rotors that propel a helicopter and give the machine its versatile lift are the same structures that make for such a noisy, vibrating flight. Attempts to control noise and vibration separately have seen some success, but a decrease in one inevitably created an increase in the other—until the smart hybrid active rotor control system (SHARCS) was developed by the Rotorcraft Research Group at Carleton. Read the full article at Ingenious.
  • The Active Pitch Link system developed by Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada could reduce vibration damage in commercial helicopters. Read the full article at Rotor & Wing Magazine.
  • Click the play button to listen to our interview with CBC Radio 1. [audio:http://www.smartrotorsystems.ca/audio/Radio_CBC_25Mar.mp3]
  • Click the play button to listen to the interview with CFRA. [audio:http://www.smartrotorsystems.ca/audio/Radio_CFRA_17March.mp3]
  • It looks more like a thick tip of a sewing machine than a work of groundbreaking technology, but a device that could prevent helicopter crashes is being developed in a small, sun-soaked laboratory at Carleton University. Read the full article at the National Post.
  • 12 March, 2009
    Don't tell Carleton University student Kostyantyn Khomutov that there aren't any new inventions to get excited about these days. Read full article at the Metro.
  • (Ottawa) –  You might call Carleton engineering student Kostyantyn Khomutov a whirling wizard. Khomutov is using his master’s degree in aerospace and mechanical engineering at Carleton to test and launch a new system that will drastically reduce vibration and noise on helicopter blades and wind turbines. Read full article at Carleton Newsroom.
  • It could be said that Kostyantyn Khomutov's research is literally cutting edge.  He's the public face of a group at Carleton University looking to reduce the noise and vibration created by helicopter blades, as well as wind turbines.  Read the full article at the Ottawa Business Journal.
  • An Ontario agency has given two inventors $100,000 each to help bring their projects to market.Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) said Monday that Ameer Taha, co-founder of Certo Labs Inc., and Smart Rotor Systems founder Kostyantyn Khomutov were co-winners of a fellowship for technological entrepreneurship.  Read the article at CBC News.
  • Thanks to an Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) fellowship, two inventors are closer than ever to realizing their dreams. One has developed a lab extraction system that could revolutionize the billion-dollar pharmaceutical and food industries, while the other has designed a game changing control device that will significantly reduce vibration and noise pollution from helicopters and wind turbines.  Read the press release [PDF].
  • The Martin Walmsley Fellowship for Technological Entrepreneurship is designed to support an academic innovator who is working to transfer technology developed with the support of Ontario Centres of Excellence into a new technologically innovative business (TIB) venture. For more information, please visit the OCE site.

 

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