Technical and advisory services


Our technical services help small and large enterprises overcome workforce constraints and limited resources, accelerating design cycles and helping to identify product performance limits. We have experienced professionals on site to help our clients solve immediate technical problems associated with the transfer, adoption and diffusion of technology. Our specialized services range from testing and certifications to calibration, prototyping, demonstrations, scale-up and consulting.

Select a topic or research centre below to learn which NRC technical and advisory services can add value to your organization.

Research Centre: Security and Disruptive Technologies
We offer complete fabrication and prototyping services for real-world applications of nanotube-modified materials. Our integrated and comprehensive solutions cover synthesis, chemical modifications, integration, processing, structures fabrication and testing. NRC's nanotube production facility in Ottawa, Ontario, produces superior-quality material at scaled-up production levels. Our nanotubes can be integrated into thermosets, thermoplastics, elastomers, aramids and inorganic materials such as ceramics and metals. Our boron nitride nanotubes production capacity is the largest in the world, producing up to 20 grams per hour. We also produce single-walled carbon nanotubes at rates of up to two grams per minute, or one kilogram per day.
Image of a person doing field work near Truro Island, Canadian Arctic Archipelago
Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
NRC has been involved in several field studies measuring ice properties and ice forces on offshore structures. Past research included extensive projects dealing with the Beaufort Sea. Recent work has included investigations into decaying sea ice, ship routing through the Gulf of St. Lawrence, monitoring ice loads on the Confederation Bridge and using ship motions to determine ice-induced global loads.
Image of a typical output from PIC numerical model
Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
NRC has developed sophisticated numerical models that accurately predict ice loads and ice failure behaviour for both level ice and ice rubble. One such model uses an implicit particle-in-cell (iPIC) approach in which an assembly of discrete particles represents the ice cover. The program output includes grounding locations, force data, pressure, thickness and concentration contour data. The model has been used to examine ice interacting with rubblemound berms, narrow and wide bridge piers, ice pile-up scenarios, and ice flow with respect to safe evacuation from structures
Image of Molikpaq in moving pack ice
Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
NRC has acquired an extensive set of information pertaining to the development of the Canadian Beaufort Sea. With this information, as well as a long history of research on ice forces on structures, NRC has established a Centre for Ice Loads on Offshore Structures. Its information primarily focuses on the ice loads that have been measured on structures placed offshore. Most of the data was collected over several years of exploration in Canada's Arctic.
Male athlete standing in race position on a snowboard, wearing a suit, helmet and goggles
Research Centre: Aerospace
Topic: Aerospace industry, Automation, Composites, Equipment, Military technology, Robotics, Aviation
The NRC's capabilities in bluff body aerodynamics are extensive and reach far beyond the study of the effects of wind on airplanes, bridges, buildings and vehicles. The NRC is also renowned for its sports aerodynamics testing. The NRC's expertise has repeatedly been called upon to assist Canada's Olympic Own the Podium initiative, complementing training with science and technology. Our research has yielded impressive results, helping Canadian athletes become faster and be their best.
Research Centre: Advanced Electronics and Photonics
Topic: Electronics, Photonics, Semiconductors, Prototyping
Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre offers test and characterization services that complement its core epitaxy and fabrication services. CPFC staff has experience in all aspects of materials characterization, as well as analysis and testing of discrete devices and optical integrated circuits.
Image of a person taking measurements of Sea Ice Temperatures
Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
NRC Arctic Technologies Program has expertise in solving ice engineering problems through the use of field studies, laboratory studies, data mining and numerical models. NRC has the most complete set of information on ice loads in the world. They use this information along with appropriate field measurement programs to ensure that their solutions to cold regions problems are addressed with real-world information.
Research Centre: Aquatic and Crop Resource Development
Topic: Agriculture, Agri-Food, Natural products, Protein, Food biochemistry, Aquaculture, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry
Research Centre: Aquatic and Crop Resource Development
Topic: Agriculture, Agri-Food, Agroforestry, Microbiology, Biofuels, Biomass, Bioproducts, Economics and Industry, Sustainable development, Bioenergy, Biofuel, Carbon capture, utilization & storage
Research Centre: Aquatic and Crop Resource Development
Topic: Agriculture, Plant, Plant molecular, Plants, Barley, Bean, Condiment mustard, Mustard, Oat, Oilseed, Plant, Spring wheat, Wheat, Winter wheat, Plant, Molecular plant, Economics and Industry, Biodiversity science, Biology