Life-cycle cost analysis of compressed air energy storage systems

The proposed internship aims to study how the performance and the reliability of mechanical energy storage systems influence their life-cycle cost (LCC), including the acquisition cost, the maintenance, and the energy costs. First, the effect of the variation of the design parameters on the performance and acquisition cost of the product will be assessed. Second, the effect of materials and processes on the reliability and the LCC of product will be studied. Lastly, the energy cost associated with the operation of the product will be analyzed.

Limb sparing in dogs using patient-specific endoprostheses and cutting guides: design, manufacture and validation

Osteosarcoma at the wrist joint is the most common type of bone cancer in dogs. Each year over 10 000 dogs are affected. To date, several surgical techniques exist to treat patients suffering from this disease. Unfortunately, complication rates subsequent to surgery remain elevated.
We propose a workflow that allows the portion of the wrist affected by the tumor to be replaced with a 3D printed personalized limb.

Mitigating the risks associated with radio-frequency cardiac ablation

A cardiac arrhythmia is defined as an abnormal heartbeat which happens when the patient’s heart beats too fast, too slow, or in other irregular patterns. Although arrhythmia can occur without any symptoms, it is typically associated with heart palpitations, chest pains, fainting or heart failure. One type of treatment option is an interventional catheter-based procedure, which involves a technique called cardiac ablation. In such procedures, a catheter is advanced from the groin area into the heart.

Magneto-Rheological Shimmy Damper

During taxiing, takeoff or landing, parts of the landing gear of a commercial plane can undesirably oscillate. This is often the cause of premature wear of certain components. To reduce the impact of this phenomenon, the landing gear designers integrate mechanical elements whose function is to dissipate the kinetic energy associated with these undesirable oscillations. The objective of this project is to design an actuator using magneto-rheological fluid to replace these mechanical elements of the landing gear.

Haptic Trim Actuator Test Bench Qualification for Safety of Flight

Exonetik and Bell Helicopter are developing a new technology providing force feedback to helicopter pilots, improving both safety and quality of flight. The technology will soon be tested in flight but preliminary qualification tests in laboratory must first be performed. In collaboration with Exonetik engineers, the intern will participate in the planning and execution of these qualification test as well as interpreting results and proposing design modifications as needed.

Modeling of dynamic seat and backrest adjustments for manual wheelchairs

During an average day, a wheelchair user will be required to undertake a variety of different tasks. However, wheelchairs are usually designed in a fixed configuration and cannot adapt to different situations. Models such as PDG Mobility’s “Elevation” wheelchair address this issue by allowing users to adjust their position while still seated. We aim to research the effects of these seat configuration changes on wheelchair stability and maneuverability.

Building Information Modeling Enabled Dependency Risk Analysis for Resilient Building Design and Operation

The performance we require from our buildings is ever increasing. Heightened security needs, the push for increasingly efficient use of resources, improved comfort, flexibility of facility space, and changing threats from climate change or other environmental factors are some of the challenges facing designers and operators. There are a complex array of interrelated components that are necessary to confront these challenges. Integrating these systems effectively is essential to meeting the challenges facing designers while providing value to the client.

Development of design methodology for customizable add-on products

The RazerLift is a new product designed to provide superior access to vehicle roof-mounted cargo. RazerLift introduces the accessible roof carrier concept. This project is intended to conduct research on safety requirements for product development work to be done on the partner’s RazerLift product. The partner is interested in getting a reliable and safe product out in the market, and for that, a comprehensive study needs to be conducted through these internship units to ensure RazerLift’s functionality, safety and future market.

Characterization of graphene-based composites

Blending carbon fillers with thermoplastic materials can lead to a significant improvement of the resulting electrical, mechanical, thermal, and gas barrier properties compared with the unfilled polymer. Graphene, the name given to a material consisting of two-dimension layers of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice, has extraordinary properties which make possible to produce a new class of polymer nanocomposites with significantly improved properties.

Pyrolysis of Rice Husks and Analysis of Biochar and Bio-oil

This project focuses on the pyrolysis of rice husks and the analysis of the resulting products, including biochar and bio-oil. Pyrolysis is the decomposition of organic matter under high heat in the absence of oxygen. This project examines the pyrolysis of rice husks. Rice husks account for 20% of the entire weight of the grain. Currently, many rice producers perform uncontrolled burning to dispose of the rice husks due to the high cost of transportation for proper disposal.

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