Applied Research for 21st Century Transportation

Applied research projects at the BCIT School of Transportation are carried out in order to provide support for our educational objectives.

Here is a sample of projects we are working on or completed.

National Research Council Fuel Cell Demonstration Project at the Aerospace Technology Campus
fuel cell demonstration project

In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has partnered with Boeing Commercial Airplanes to address the safe utilization of hydrogen in a custom-designed fuel cell system, which could provide reliable auxiliary power as a targeted concept for future commercial aircraft.

The NRC oversees this research being carried onboard a grounded Boeing 737 at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Aerospace Technology Campus.

Read full press release from National Research Council Canada.

To proof the concept, we brewed coffee in the gallery circuit of a grounded Boeing 737 at the Aerospace Technology Campus. Check out the images >

Bio Diesel - FP Feric Innovations

Bio diesel fuel is now a financially viable fuel source. Like many other overlooked fuel sources, advancing technology and rising fuel costs have led us to these new sources. Whether derived from seed stock, waste product, or new sources, the question is how would bio diesel fuel match up with petroleum-based diesel fuel when in the engine?

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Model Railway Provides a Real-world Landscape

Because of their participation in the N scale project, students in the Railway Conductor program learn the needs of their working environment while studying Switching and Marshalling.

Various types of model railcars, locomotives, tracks and switches are used to simulate part of a rail yard on a table approximately 3’x15.’ This ongoing project allows each of the classes to contribute to the improvement of the terrain surface, and will eventually include the addition of signals, ramps and buildings to the project.