Welding Assessment and Data Trending

In an effort to ensure pipelines continue to operate in a safe condition, various inspections and assessments are completed on a continual basis during their operating lifespan. These assessments include radiographic or ultrasonic examinations, forms of non-destructive examination (NDE), of circumferential girth welds formed between multiple pipe sections.

Sodium Manganese Oxide Coated with Polymers as Zinc and Sodium Dual Ions Battery Cathode

Rechargeable aqueous zinc sodium dual-ions batteries are considered as alternatives of lithium ion batteries because of their safety and low-cost. As an available cathode for the zinc sodium dual-ions batteries, sodium manganese oxide (NMO) shows relatively high specific discharge capacity. Polyaniline (PANI) is promising for coating NMO to stabilize the NMO system because it can supress the crystalline structure collapse. Metanilic acid is promising for doping PANI to increase the conductivity of PANI.

Production of synthesis gas via Dry Reforming of Methane: Fundamentals and Applications

The aim of this proposed research is the development of an efficient technology to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) via Dry Reforming of Methane (DRM) to produce value-added products. DRM, one the promising CO2 utilization technologies, has gained much attention as not only it reduces greenhouse gases (GHG), but also converts them to a valuable product, syngas. There are two main knowledge gaps associated with DRM process, which hinders the industrial application: 1. Catalyst deactivation, and 2. The high energy requirement for the CO2 conversion reaction.

Integration of Machine Learning with Distributed Temperature and Acoustic Sensing to Build Data-Driven Dynamic Reservoir Model

This project will develop practical workflows, algorithms and programming codes for inferring unknown reservoir properties from distributed temperature and acoustic sensing data. In-situ pressure and flow conditions can be interpreted from downhole fiber signals gathered in real time, which are used to estimate unknown heterogeneous reservoir parameters continuously. Machine learning methods will be incorporated to facilitate the handling of large amount of measured data and computations more efficiently.

A study of macrophage interactions with polymeric drug carriers

The focus of this study is on the understanding of the cellular interactions with polymeric drug carrier for intraarticular injection of therapeutic. The degradability of the Eupraxia’s polymeric drug carrier will be studied in contact with macrophages and/or enzymes. At each time point in the cell study the polymer surface will be characterized by SEM, and the enzymes and ROS production will be measured to compare to the control groups.

Scale-up synthesis of novel amine-containing polymers and their initial application as materials for additive manufacturing and responsive coatings/adhesives

In the pursuit of materials that combine the inherent stability of a plastic with additional novel features, this project aims to develop a new platform of nitrogen containing polymers. Using novel synthetic pathways, we have developed and characterized such materials with features such as enhanced strength, adhesion, and self-healing capabilities. This project seeks to bring these materials from the academic bench-top to commercial production scale.

Optimization of a Stochastic Heterogeneous Vehicle Routing Problem for the Trucking Industry

In the transportation industry customer satisfaction, driver retention and profitability are some of the most critical factors in company success. As regulatory environments change, and competition grows Contrans Corp., a flatbed freight company, is seeking to develop a user-friendly application that allows team members to rapidly and accurately determine an optimal dispatch schedule for the fleet.

Novel and efficient approaches of converting volatile fatty acids (VFAs) topolyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs)

Genecis Bioindustries makes bacteria that enables production of premium materials cost-competitively. Their first product line is a biodegradable plastic resin (PHAs) used for high-end applications, like 3D printing filaments and personal care products. Genecis can reduce production costs by 40% by using organic waste as the feedstock, lowering the barrier for plastic manufacturers to create healthy and affordable products.

Modeling the Removal of Mine-impacted Water Species Using Freezing Technologies Focused on Frazil Ice Formation

The development of environment-friendly freezing technologies to contaminated water is a potential solution for water treatment in regions with cold weather conditions and vulnerable to anthropogenic impact. The results of laboratory tests fulfilled by Core Geoscience Services Inc. on the removal of mine-impacted water species through ice formation along with other publicly available data will form a basis for the next stage of research comprising quantitative analysis and mathematical modelling.

Optimization of Wastewater Treatment anaerobic digestion processes.

This project will test a variety of operating conditions used in anaerobic digestion (AD) in wastewater treatment (WWT) plants. The purpose is to identify optimal conditions for AD treatment process. Optimization of AD process would increase production of biogas for production of renewable energy, increase yield of bio-products for agriculture use, reduce WWT plant operating costs, and would decrease carbon footprint of municipal WWT plants. This study will use SENTRY-AD™ technology to monitor microbial activity under various treatment conditions.