SIEMENS Perceived Value of Energy Consumers Project: Research and Development for Modeling the Perceived Value of Energy Consumers

Research and Development for Modeling the Perceived Value of Energy Consumers is a novel area of study which should help to better understand the energy consumers and the perceived value they place on different services and products. By identifying, understanding potential new products and services the related business models can be developed.

Thermoplastic injection molding of bioprinter cartridges using silicon inserts

Patients who suffer from severe burns require immediate wound closure to ensure survival and facilitate healing. The current gold standard in surgical practice is the use of split-surface autographs, allographs, or skin substitutes, but limitation range from the lack of layered tissue organization, the potential for immunological rejection, and the need for high quantities of donated tissue.

Next Generation Engine

The next generation of engines will needs to comply with increasing stringent pollutant emissions legislation. These engines will also have to be able to accept a wide range of gaseous fuel composition and have the capability to operate on liquid fuel either for emergency backup or for full baseload operation. Additionally, they will need to able to burn alternative fuels, both gaseous and liquid, and either as blends or as pure fuel. These requirements impose significant technical and modeling challenges.

Low Pressure Cold Spray Technology-based Repair Process for Damaged Automotive Aluminum Alloys Panels

Al6022 alloy has excellent physical and mechanical properties suitable for a number of applications. In particular, its high strength/weight ratio makes it an ideal metal for automotive applications, where weight reduction is of significant concern. Unfortunately, this alloy, as many
other Al-based alloys are susceptible to denting. At present, the repair possibilities for damaged Al6022 automotive panels are very limited, while their exposure to denting is unavoidable.

Conversion of crude glycerol into higher value chemical products

The exponential growth of biodiesel production all around the world has created a significant surplus in the production of the principle co-product, crude glycerol. Therefore, effective utilization of crude glycerol is imperative for bringing new revenue to the biodiesel producers and the sustainability of the biodiesel industry. There have been numerous papers investigating the potential applications of crude glycerol as value-added products.

Intelligent control strategies for the Industrial Internet – Phase II

This phase of the project continues on the research focus of developing intelligent control for machines using derived deep machine learning schemes. The learning algorithms to be developed will use high volume data from various processes in advanced manufacturing and other systems, combined with could based analytics, formulate complex and accurate process models of these processes. These models will then be integrated into advanced controllers that are self-optimizing and are continually updated via deep learning networks and continuous data streams machines.

Analysis of a novel energy absorbing roof anchorage connector for fall protection in lower strength roof construction

There is a large need for anchorage connectors (AC) on low strength structural roofs. A patent-pending AC has been designed to provide a secure point for workers on lower strength roofs while having energy absorbing capacity to limit damage to the structure in the event of a fall. With the advent of more and taller wood frame buildings the need for AC for low strength structural roofs is paramount. Through this proposal we aim to develop the next generation of Energy Absorbing Roof AC through optimizing the materials and design for broad market distribution. Working in partnership with Dr.

Development and Demonstration Engine Technology for Class 8 Heavy Duty Trucks Fueled by Waste Hydrogen

Hydra Energy Corporation Commercial Demonstration Project will be based in Prince George, British Columbia 12.4 MT/day of waste hydrogen will be captured, purified and transported to an onsite hydrogen refueling station from which (at least) 53 Class 8 tractor-trailer trucks will refuel daily. Hydra’s demonstration project can provide a significant reduction in fleet greenhouse gas(GHG) emissions, Particulate Matter and other air emissions. Hydra is currently testing the first prototype dual-fuel hydrogen/diesel heavy-duty class 8 truck in North America.

Data Centre Waste Heat Recovery for District Energy Systems

Data centres generate a large amount of heat, from operating computers 24/7. This heat is normally wasted and released outside the data centre building. This research will determine the best way to capture the waste heat from a data centre and distribute it to other buildings in the area that require heating. The vessel for this distribution of heat will be a network of water pipes, just like an electrical grid distributes power to multiple buildings. The intern will provide insight on the equipment and system design required to capture the waste heat in an energy and cost efficient manner.

Modeling Wind loading on Roof-mounted Solar Modules

Rooftop solar modules installations are growing in popularity as the benefits of implementing these features on previously unoccupied roof space are being realized. A major concern with these installations is the contribution to the roof load due to the interaction between high wind speeds and the angled modules. Similarly, there are concerns with uplift on the backside of the modules. These loads can lead to high cost of the structural support for the modules.