Power transducer improvement for Etalim TAC heat engine

Etalim is a Canadian high technology company developing a breakthrough heat engine generating electricity from any fuel or heat source. The Etalim TAC (Thermal Acoustic Converter) is a unique technology that converts any high temperature gradient to electricity, with high efficiency (20%-30%) and simplicity. The TAC represents a unique class of device that combines principles of thermodynamics, high-amplitude acoustics, mechanical resonance and materials science in a unique way.

Theoretical investigation of Asphaltene/Wax precipitation and deposition from crude oil: Study involving Nucleation kinetics and Bulk/Interfacial properties

The pipeline transport sector is facing the issue of precipitation of unwanted heavy molecular compounds namely asphaltene and wax eventually leading to deposit along the inner walls of the pipeline. This consumes a lot of energy and maintenance cost. The objective of this work is to provide a solution to inhibit the precipitation of these compounds by theoretically investigating the root cause of the problem. The present study focuses on investigation at both molecular scale level involving Nucleation kinetics and macroscopic level by studying bulk/interfacial properties of the system.

Large-Area High-Performance Transparent Electrodes for Pen/Touch Sensor Research

Transparent electrodes (TEs) combine high optical transparency and electrical conductivity, useful in different devices such as light-emitting diodes, displays and solar cells. A highly competitive market of electronic devices, such as phones and flexible touch screens as well as a worldwide increasing demand for energy, drives research to improve the performance of TEs. However, mass production of high-performance TEs is expensive due to costly materials and fabrication techniques.

Multi-point shear-stress measurements on an impulsively started cylinder

Envenio is a Canadian company that specializes in advanced analysis of fluid dynamics and fluid structure interaction in the technological and environment settings. Envenio is also a software development company that owns an advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics solver, EXN/Aero, that uses many core technology in the parallel computation of unsteady and fully turbulent flows. Envenio seeks experimental data to validate their unsteady separation codes. To this end, an intern in Dr.

Gearbox fault detection and failure prediction

The objective of the project is to develop an automated monitoring system to accurately and reliably detect deterioration within gearboxes operating on an industrial forming line. This will involve reviewing, developing and testing one or more methodologies based on vibration signal measurement and analysis. In particular the work will focus on exploring existing potential methods, defining the capabilities of different sensors that could be used in the given environment and developing appropriate vibration signal analysis algorithms for gearbox deterioration detection and decision making.

Energy Harvesting and Power Management Techniques for Hybrid Powered Wearable Devices

Bigmotion Inc. was created to develop wearable health monitoring sensors and service the ‘at-home’ care segment of the elder care market. This project involves studying of existing literature and development of novel solutions for
power management and energy harvesting for the product including tracking and fall detection systems using hybridpower.

Production Line Packaging Sensor Validation and Optimization

This research project brings together current academia and a vibrant, growing commercial enterprise to solve real world problems. The industry partner has recently developed a high-tech, sensor-based diagnostic tool which will be evaluated by the graduate student intern. The capabilities and features of the tool will be extended through the innovative, collaborative design efforts of the intern and the industrial partner. Additionally, savings of time and material are anticipated from the improvements in enclosure design and manufacturing.

High Efficiency PFC Rectifier using Wide Band Gap Power Device

The energy-hungry telecomm industry is in need of power supplies with ever-increasing efficiencies to conserve energy and reduce carbon footprint. In collaboration with the industry partner, the proposed research project aims at developing a power factor correction (PFC) system, an essential component in a telecomm power supply, for achieving efficiency of 99% or above. The project will make use of emerging power semiconductors with superior characteristics to build a PFC circuit using one of the most promising circuit structures.

Hydrogen Storage in Two-Dimensional Layered Nanomaterials: Characterization - Year Two

In this project, we will develop solid-state hydrogen storage materials for the potential applications of fuel cell electric vehicles. Based on the most cutting-edge achievements in related fields, two categories of two-dimensional layered nanomaterials are proposed. Their hydrogen storage capabilities will be elaborated by in-depth characterization of material structure and hydrogen storage properties.

Development and improvement of design manuals and analysis tools for Polymer Matrix Composites (PMC’s) in gas turbine engine applications

Non-metallic technologies, including composite materials, have the potential to improve aircraft engines performances and fuel efficiency, and therefore gained a lot of popularity in the aerospace sector in the past decades. Therefore, the overall objective of this research project is to develop an understanding of all available non-metallic technologies, their maturity and value proposition when applied to Pratt & Whitney Canada engines. The intern will contribute to accelerate the development and incorporation of specific non-metallic components in Pratt & Whitney engines.