Accelerate Research projects
Sylvain Turenne, Carl Blais & Mathieu Brochu
Ali Aidibe, Guy Daniel Dutel, Marjan Molavi-Zarandi & Javier Arreguin Zavala
Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd, Bombardier Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada
Aerospace and defense
École Polytechnique de Montréal, McGill University, Université Laval
Bombardier Aerospace, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited and Pratt & Whitney Canada have all initiated projects on Additive Manufacturing processes. Although applications are different, all companies are facing the same challenges including the lack of a mature certification path and a mature Canadian supply chain. In order to accelerate the maturation of this technology, we are proposing the first Canadian industryled R&D program on additive manufacturing (AM). The end goal of the research project would be to reach to reach Technology and Manufacturing Readiness Level 3 on selected parts for primary and secondary aircraft/helicopter structures as well as aircraft engines and pave the way for usage in the production of parts for repair, retrofit or new products development. The expected benefits are: CO2 emissions reduction via weight reduction and cost reduction through part assemblies’ integration, lead time reduction, reduced buy-to-fly ratio, reduced inventory and optimized batch size.
Dr. Wendy Cukier
Urban Alliance on Race Relations
Addressing Racism in Toronto’’ is a one-year project to be conducted by Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR). The aim of this community-based research venture is to identify issues of access, equity and inclusion for two highly vulnerable and marginalized groups in Toronto: the Somali Canadian community and racialized LGBTQ persons who are homeless. Specifically, we will be hoping to uncover the barriers and challenges these communities face in relation to the following key areas: 1) employment, 2) health, 3) justice, 4) education, 5) housing, and 6) any other areas derived during the research process. We hope that by identifying the key social problems faced by the diverse communities that make up the Greater Toronto area, the Urban Alliance on Race Relations will be able to maximize its role and give voice to some of the most pertinent issues as related to race relations, access and human rights. The proposed research model, which will depend on the collaboration of the research group with various community stake holders, hopes to identify and review the current opportunities, needs, and challenges faced by the aforementioned communities.
Media and communications
The In-Place Technology Platform project with N. Chandolias and Alkemie Atelier, under the supervision of Dr P. Shrivastava addresses the problem of how people in everyday as well as rehearsed situations can use site-specific media to enrich public spaces: “place-making.” Alkemie will be able to develop specific projects for artist groups that can co-design meaningful in-place userexperiences. Over the course of 5 months of experimental design, the company, the intern and a research assistant will go through several iterations of design-build-try rapid design and engineering method, refining Alkemie’s existing place-making technologies and creating functional project prototypes that can be used by the company and its partners to demonstrate the technology and also be used by artists and communities to create or share media.
Dr. Yuning Li
Engineering, chemical and biological
Information and communications technologies
University of Waterloo
The newly emerging field of printable electronics is expected to facilitate widespread low-cost electronic devices for applications such as flexible displays, identification labels, wearable electronics and rapid prototyping. This field incorporates a variety of printing technologies with conductive ink to deposit conductive traces on any material. However, companies like Voltera, who are creating new technologies around inkjet printing of electronics, are faced with a dilemma. Commercially available conductive inks do not provide the electrical and structural performance required for circuit board traces. The proposed project will tackle this challenge by understanding the properties that influence the ink behavior to ultimately optimize a quality conductive ink formulation. In addition, the project will aim to implemented multilayer circuit board printing, by formulating insulating materials that are able to be deposited through inkjet printing.
Dr. Kimberly Voll
Radial Games Corp.
Emily Carr University
The objectives of this research project are to deepen understanding of the cognitive underpinnings of engagement in games, especially in the context of multiplayer games. The research will be leveraged by our organization in future research projects and commercial productions.
Dr. Alexandra Fedorova
Simon Fraser University
Video Games require a vast array of different computations to present the desired experience. These computations must be completed consistently to make the software responsive to the user. The industry trend towards many separate processors (multi-core) in the same physical device and the emergence of network based 'cloud' computing have created many opportunities, but also many challenges for the game industry.
Dr. Roland Stull
Banafshah Afshar, David Siuta & Jesse Mason
Geography, geology and Earth science
University of British Columbia
BC Hydro purchases power from four independent wind farms in British Columbia to supplement their hydropower. But wind is not steady, so BC Hydro must compensate for shortfalls or excesses in wind power to provide steady, reliable, economical power to its customers. To achieve this reliability, BC Hydro uses wind forecasts provided by the University of British Columbia (UBC). These forecasts are made with computer codes called Numerical Weather Prediction models that describe atmospheric airflow, but each model has a range of options. This project will experiment with different model options to achieve the best wind forecasts. Intern 2 will test different representations of the bottom part of the atmosphere where wind turbines are located. Intern 1 will evaluate whether resolving the finer details of wind shifts with altitude are worth the extra computation time. Intern 3 will identify the best starting data for each forecast.
Dr. Leah Levac
Fiona Meyer Cook
Canadian Agrichar Inc., Canadian Labour Congress, Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women
University of Guelph
This research project will examine how precarious work conditions (e.g., casual, temporary, contract-based, and normally poorly paid work) impact women workers, particularly those who are historically marginalized, including racialized women, Indigenous women, women with disabilities, and GLBTTQ women. It will also examine the impacts of precarious employment on women as users of public programs and services. This research is important for the Canadian Labour Congress because it will help them better understand the wide range of experiences that workers in Canada face. It will also provide them with clear language summaries and explanations of the research findings that can subsequently be used in efforts to educate people about the impacts of precarious employment on our economy and our society more broadly.
Eco-Trak Industrie Inc.
Engineering, computer and electrical
Construction and Infrastructure
École de technologie supérieure
Les engins de chantier utilisés dans l’industrie de la construction, tels que les excavatrices, sont très coûteux d’utilisation et il est important de développer des aides électroniques permettant d’optimiser leur usage. Une façon efficace de le faire est de pouvoir suivre en temps réél le déplacement des parties fonctionnelles de l’engin afin de s’assurer en tout temps de leur position par rapport au plan de construction. Le besoin est particulièrement criant pour la localisation du godet de creusage des excavatrices, c’est-à-dire afin de s’assurer que l’excavation se fait exactement selon les besoins, non seulement latéralement mais en profondeur. Les systèmes de géolocalisation GPS ne permettent pas une résolution suffisante pour ce type d’applications. L’entreprise Éco-Track a développé un système de mesure en temps réel de la position latérale relative du godet par rapport au corps de l’exacavatrice. Dans ce projet, nous allons développer un module complémentaire de localilsation verticale absolue par positionnement laser.
Geography, geology and Earth science
Université du Québec à Montréal
En 2010, au Québec, 73 % des terrains recensés par le Système de gestion des terrains contaminés (Système GTC), affichent une contamination de nature organique (Hébert et Bernard, 2013) Actuellement, les techniques de dégradation chimique et/ou biologique sont largement utilisés dans l’industrie, mais les résultats sont souvent décevants pour les hydrocarbures les plus lourds (Bunker diesel n°6) (Nyman, Klerks et Bhattacharyya, 2007) (Coulon et al., 2010) (Coulon et al., 2012). Le projet ci-présent vise : (1) l’optimisation des méthodes chimiques et biochimiques in situ traditionnelles de dégradation aérobie des combinaisons d’hydrocarbures, lourds et légers - bunker diesel n°6 , mazout diesel n°2, huile à moteur-; ceci par la détermination des séquences et des ratios bactéries/champignons/oxydant chimique les plus adaptés selon le contexte géochimique des terrains à l’étude; (2) la caractérisation des «voies» de dégradation des contaminants d’origine ainsi que l’atténuation de la toxicité des métabolites associés. La finalité pour l’entreprise étant la commercialisation des «formules» de rémédiation développées.
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