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Research intern takes UAV’s to new heights

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Felix Gebhardt has come a long way to work on UAV research.

Gebhardt studied automotive engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Zwickau, Germany, and graduated this summer with an engineering degree. Right now, he’s testing materials including carbon and aramid fibre (a.k.a. Kevlar) composites to see which can be used to design strong, lightweight components for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

“Creating components from lightweight, strong composites creates dynamic advantages for the UAV,” explained Gebhardt. “It can go faster, is more maneuverable and can carry a heavier payload.”

Gebhardt’s internship was facilitated through the Alberta-Saxony Intercultural Internship Alliance, which helps young leaders find opportunities in  research, technology and business.

“We’re not only practicing the procedure of composite creation, but are bolstering our materials database,” said project lead and researcher Stefan Dalberg.  “This will help current and future industry partners.”

While the intercultural learning is a bonus, this project is exciting for the German graduate because it is an industry-based opportunity to apply his expertise.

“My thesis was about composites,” he said. “This was the exact opportunity I was looking for.”

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Intern Felix Gebhardt (right) working with ARIS researcher and project lead Stefan Dalberg in the Composites Fabrication Lab.

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