Improved Plastic to Oil Pyrolysis Process Technology with Advanced Plasma Technology

The field of plastic waste management is essential for sustainable society that utilizes plastic waste for energy production. Land filing and incineration of plastic waste has large environmental impacts due to GHG emissions. Thus, pyrolysis is considered a low environmental impact process with high value end products. RF thermal plasma technology will help reduce operating cost, cleaner thermal source, shorten reaction time and provide high quality hydrocarbon gasoline and diesel.

Experimental investigation of regular and composite glulam columns under flexural and axial compression load

Structurlam products Ltd is a renowned Canadian company for its quality mass timber products and ability to fabricate complex design. The company developed a new generation hybrid composite glulam structural element while the performance is still unknown. The proposed research here will investigate the performance of this element under bending and compression. Both the regular glulam element and the hybrid composite glulam elements will be experimentally tested, and their performances will be mutually compared in terms of their loading capacity, deformation capacity, and failure modes.

Predicting Canadian Credit Union Financial Performance and Its Effect on IT Investment Decisions

The aim of this project is to develop an understanding of Canadian credit union financial performance and its effects on IT investment. The outcomes of this research will enable the partner organization, a fintech firm, to better serve its credit union clients, and to anticipate changes in their business environment. The desired outcome of this project is to help credit unions and the partner organization be better positioned to make strategic business decisions.

Investigating nanostructured local data storage and off-grid powering for the adaptive corrosion protection system

During the proposed internships, smart-grid integrated adaptive corrosion protection system (ACPS) will be developed as a stand-alone unit to provide optimum corrosion protection along with the nanostructured local data storage and off-grid powering. This will allow the continuous monitoring of the corrosion status of the metal infrastructures (e.g. transmission towers) along with the power-grid monitoring data. The proposed system can be directly monitored from the centralized control-room.

An Engaged Community for Shared Learning: Internships Contribute to Capacity Building in Northern Saskatchewan

The International Centre for Northern Governance and Development (ICNGD) was created to help focus attention on opportunities for building capacity in northern Saskatchewan. An overarching goal was to establish local to global relationships with the Circumpolar North in support of education, research and economic prosperity. The university, industry and northern communities work together to help students learn in an environment that is context based, relevant education and research in support of the north.

Investigation of high-resolution image reconstruction of large objects through turbid media

This project focuses finding solution for acquiring super resolution image from objects submerged in turbid media. The project group will look at various environments including high pressure / high temperature test setups.

Next Generation Selective Nanocomposite Fibrous Membrane for Energy Recovery Ventilators - Year two

Heating and cooling in residential and commercial buildings account for 20% of total energy consumption in Canada. Conditioning indoor air using less energy is closely associated with minimizing production of greenhouse gases and making a sustainable global environment. In this study, we apply a nanocomposite fibrous membrane for an energy recovery ventilator (ERV). Heat and moisture from an exhaust contaminated indoor air are captured via ERV and recycled for conditioning entering outdoor air, ultimately resulting in energy savings and improving the indoor air quality of buildings.

Experimental and Mathematical Modeling of Flow Instability in Heavy Oil Recovery Processes - Year two

This research project with the industry partner Saskatchewan Research Council focuses on the displacement front instability in heavy oil recovery processes such as water flooding, solvent injection and polymer flooding. In those processes, the less viscous displacing fluid usually moves faster than the more viscous displaced heavy oil. This results in an instability that manifests itself in the form of finger-shaped intrusions, and which is viscous fingering (VF). The VF phenomenon tends to greatly reduce sweep efficiency, leaving a large amount of untouched heavy oil underground.

Shake Table Testing and Analytical Validation of a Reduced Scale Dam Considering Dam-Water Interaction

Hydropower dams are significant investments and their integrity affects many stakeholders. Failure of a dam results in catastrophic events which cannot be mitigated. Seismic evaluation and prediction of dynamic response of dams need in depth assessment which has always been challenging with complex dam-water-foundation interaction. Impounded water considerably affects the response of a dam during a seismic event.

Effective use of a variable speed blower fan on a mechanical wild blueberry harvester for increased debris separation and berry quality

Wild blueberries are an important crop to this region as this is the only area that wild blueberries are naturally occurring. The changes in wild blueberry crop conditions caused by improved management practices over the past decade has caused increased plant density and leaf foliage. This extra foliage has made it more difficult for the harvester operator to clean debris (leaf, soil, sticks, etc.) from the blueberries before they are placed in the loading bins.

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