Laser cladding is an additive manufacturing technology for applying high-quality metal coatings to parts in order to improve their mechanical wear properties, and thus increase their lifespan. Currently, these metal coatings are created by depositing metal powders on the work piece and welding them together with the laser. A significant amount of powder is lost in this process, which is a large factor in the cost of this type of cladding.
The partner organisation, Sigma Energy Storage, develops energy storage by gas compression. This technology is based on the storage of electricity from intermittent energy sources, such as wind or solar power. During the gas compression, carbon dioxide can be liquefied and extracted. This project aims to convert carbon dioxide into a valuable fuel, which could be reused to fuel the machines, and thus having a low carbon footprint on the environment.
Oil and gas in tight formations with low porosity and/or permeability are often accessed using horizontal wells. In certain scenarios multiple horizontals are drilled from a single wellbore to create a multilateral well to increase production potential without the need for larger surface facilities. In drilling multilaterals, a retrievable whipstock assembly is used to kick off each additional horizontal.
Electrochemical corrosion is the most common source of plant downtime in the Chemical Processing Industries (CPI); in the Province of Saskatchewan, the Mining Industry plays a very significant role in CPI. Mineral processing plants handle electrolytic and abrasive materials that can cause very significant structural damage due to electrochemical corrosion and wear.
Medication used everyday to help cure various diseases, or even alleviate pain, ends up in the sewage system due to the less than perfect consumption of these medicines in the body and excretion of the unused portion. These compounds eventually find their way to the environment since the current treatment methods in wastewater treatment plants are not capable of complete elimination of pharmaceutical compounds. In the environment, pharmaceutical contaminants can harm aquatic species and potentially have negative effects on humans if they end up in drinking water sources.
Unconventional oil and gas resources are currently a significant portion of global oil and gas production and it is anticipated to continue its growth as production from conventional resources decline. Unconventional oil and gas resources include low permeability (âtightâ resources e.g. shale), heavy oil and oil sands reservoirs amongst others. Economic and responsible development of these unconventional resources is a priority for society, governments and industry.
Hydrolysis lignins (HL) are a byproduct from acid or enzymatic biomass pretreatment processes such as the ones employed in cellulosic sugar and/or ethanol plants. They are mainly composed of lignin , unreacted cellulose and mono and oligosaccharides.
Natural gas is one of the cleanest fuels for heat and power generation. But in China, coal is still the dominant fuel
but burning coal has caused severe and damaging air pollutions. The partner organization of this project, Seven
Generations Energy Ltd., is a significant Canadian producer of natural gas. This project will comprehensively
assess the overall environmental performance of natural gas production (by Seven Generations) and exporting it
to China to replace coal.
Harmful bacteria in drinking water can be a great threat to humans, causing diseases and possibly death. This project is aimed at determining the safety of drinking water for consumers, especially in communities where access to sophisticated laboratory facilities is limited. This research project will help to further develop a portable bacteria sensor for water, capable of determining the presence of harmful bacteria in water. The technology will offer faster analysis than the typical 1-2 day water analysis for bacteria.
Advanced Chemical Technologies has developed a unique combination of existing processes to create a new method of making methanol. This proposed method actually consumes the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, or CO2, meaning it could help reduce the environmental impact of Ontarioâs manufacturing. This internship would involve the simulation of this proposed process using advanced chemical engineering software.