When many people see a new technology at work, they don’t usually consider all the pieces that went into its creation. They simply see the amazing capabilities and never give it much thought. But the curious start to wonder how it works, why the pieces fit together as they do and what exactly makes the device possible. The curious know there’s more to a technology than meets the eye—the exceptionally curious come to UTRC to make it better.
Exploring the possibilities of additive manufacturing, advanced membranes, chemical engineering, embedded systems, sensing and controls, our researchers develop technologies that define what's possible. We are creating the brains, bodies and nervous systems for innovations such as autonomous helicopters and augmented reality for in-field engine repair. Our work not only supports UTC business units, it helps to advance what's possible throughout the world.
By exploring novel manufacturing technologies and process improvements, UTRC’s researchers are changing how equipment is made and parts repaired while ensuring quality performance, cost and durability. Working across all the business units of UTC, UTRC is finding ways to integrate design, material selection and production to produce components faster, easier and with fewer iterations. This includes physics-based modeling of machining processes, development of new approaches for additive manufacturing, direct-write of electronic components, advanced measurement and inspection processes, and the development of algorithms and processes for supply chain and logistic optimization. From additive processes to computed tomography reconstruction, our researchers are bringing the next steps in manufacturing to fruition and enhancing the manufacturing capabilities throughout UTC.
When you bring a new idea to fruition, it’s critical to show the technology will work as intended. But equally as important is finding the point where the technology will fail. Everything from window air conditioners to commercial jetliners—and all the materials inside them—has breaking points. Knowing when, why and especially how to prevent those failures is key to improving the reliability, efficiency and effectiveness of products people rely on every day. UTRC’s research in lifecycle support is invaluable to all of UTC’s business units. We address a wide range of technical problems, including evaluation of unanticipated corrosion, issues with coatings and surface contaminants, and determining material properties and structure on micro and nano scales. Our researchers are frequently on the front lines of challenge resolution, ensuring that the innovative technologies UTC develops impact the world through products that maintain superior performance over their intended life.
From the simple lever to a powerful laptop, machines are designed to help us. However, at the end of the day, it’s still the person who is pushing the buttons. The next major step forward in technology won’t be so much the strength of the machine, rather the way we interact with it: not a system that does all the thinking for us, but a smart platform that does the thinking with us and helps us perform challenging tasks with precision and speed. UTRC’s researchers are developing service technologies that have the potential to support applications in decision support, big data, visualization and augmenting cognitive capabilities during in-service operations. Our work improves and enables many of the service offerings developed by the business units within UTC. These include advanced control algorithms to improve system performance, machine learning for intelligent systems that allows for self-diagnosis and repair, advanced technologies that enable secure embedded systems, data mining and predictive algorithm development to improve problem resolution reliability and cost, and improved approaches for enabling human/machine interaction.