Research Update

Abdou Said presented his research at the Aircraft Airworthiness and Sustainment Conference in Australia, the CFM 2013 conference in France and The International Aircraft Fire and Cabin Safety Research Conference in Philadelphia in 2013.

View Mr. Said's abstract and presentation, "Aircraft Ditching Certification by Simulation Using Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) Formulation" in MSC Nastran by clicking the button below.

Abdou Ben Ali Tcheikh Said
Laval University, Canada

RESEARCH GOALS: Mr. Said and a team of experts at Laval University are working to advance the development of the survivability of the composite aircraft in an emergency landing.


  • Study the aircraft after impact with a wet and a dry runway
  • Evaluate the damage tolerance
  • Optimize crashworthiness of composite aircraft behavior
  • Develop a Certification-by-Analysis (CBA) simulator of a full-scale composite aircraft.
  • Minimize physical testing of structural components.

MSC RESEARCH ASSIST AWARD: Mr. Said and Laval University were awarded MSC Nastran | Patran and SimXpert to quantify all components in the structure throughout the landing emergency event.

BIO: Abdou Ben Said holds a Masters Degree in Genic Mechanic (Aerospace Structure) from Laval University Canada and an Undergraduate degree in Mathematics Physics, Science Engineering from the University of the Sahel Dakar Senegal.

Presently, Mr. Said is working as a R&D Aerospace Structure Analyses Engineer at Heroux Devtech Canada while pursuing a PhD degree from Laval University, Quebec Canada. Mr. Said is also the editor of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute.