Performance of wicking geosynthetics on pavements in cold regions

Excess water can damage roads by weakening the aggregate base soil or underlying native soils, from formation of ice in colder regions, and causing ground to swell where expansive soils are encountered. Relatively new products called wicking geotextiles can improve drainage and remove water through suction to prevent these causes of road damage. These products are polymer fabric sheets which are laid down under the road prior to construction.

Identifying optimal growth conditions for cell-cultured fat

This research project will investigate the optimal environment for creating cultivated fat (real animal fat grown in a
lab, without harming any animals). Cultivated fat will be a key ingredient to help alternative protein sources achieve
the taste, texture, and aroma, and nutritional value of conventional meat; however, cultivated meat/fat companies
face challenges in driving down production prices.

Analysis and Research on Pile Foundations for Canadian Northern Housing

There is a growing demand for accessible, affordable and high-quality houses in northern communities of Canada.
The intern will study the foundation solutions used to support residential houses and commercial buildings in
northern Canada. The intern will conduct interviews with many stakeholders on the foundation and house
development and then develop a guide to the design of engineered piles based on recent findings from the
UAlberta lab.

Optimal location of charging station, charging duration, and location of the time-points of an electric bus route

This study is focusing on using real demand (number of passengers in each station) and historical weather data to find the best (optimal) location of charging station and their charging duration for a bus route that deploys battery electric buses. In addition, this study tries to find the best arrangement of using holding points for the bus stops to increase the reliability of the service of the battery electric buses.

Multisensor Integration for UAV Indoor Navigation and Mapping

UAVs are becoming essential solutions in a wide range of industries. In this market growth, the potential of UAVs to fly in indoor environments represents a massive opportunity for companies. In particular, for applications such as medical care, search and rescue operations, and industrial management and inspections. The main concern of UAVs flying indoors is damage to people and vital infrastructure on the ground. To address this concern, UAVs must be able to self-navigate at all times, which is the first objective of this project, and automatically detect people and objects.

Food waste management in NL Industrial-Commercial-Institutional sectors

Organic food waste is a significant stream of municipal solid waste generated in the Industrial-Commercial-Institutional (ICI) sectors in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL). Composting has been regarded as an effective way of handling this waste stream. This project will develop a comprehensive composting-based management system. to optimize the organic food waste collection and composting locations.

Modélisation de la vulnérabilité et risques de chutes de blocs pour les parois rocheuses naturelles et fabriquées

Le projet de recherche proposé sera effectué en collaboration avec Hydro-Québec et a pour objectif une meilleure compréhension des mécanismes à l’origine de l’instabilité des parois rocheuses par une analyse de quelques cas répertoriés dans le cadre du projet hydroélectrique de La Romaine.

Feasibility Study of Incineration of Municipal Solid Waste in Churchill

Churchill is experiencing different types of challenges. Because of the remoteness of this place, the communication and transportation systems are very costly and challenging. Managing municipal solid waste manage is another emerging problem for Churchill community. The current waste management system in the town of Churchill is very costly, and environmentally unfriendly. Town of Churchill is evaluating the viability of a more environmentally friendly and cost-effective solution for the future solid waste management for the community.

Improving Structural Integrity of Buried Pipelines under Ground Deformation using Special Geobuffer Blocks: Field Testing and Strain Monitoring

Steel pipelines as key Canadian infrastructure are often exposed to various geological and environmental conditions that cause defects such as cracks, dents, and gouges in the pipe wall, which can lead to pipe fracture in pipelines, compromising the entire pipeline's functionality and resulting in significant economic losses, environmental issues or even fatalities. There are several methods to predict the fracture capacity, including experimental testing, analytical approaches, and advanced numerical methods.

Circular Engineering for Building Adaptation and Material Reuse Planning

An integrated methodology and platform are proposed to improve decarbonization of existing buildings. Circular engineering concepts will be implemented to reduce construction waste, carbon emissions, and costs associated with renovation, retrofitting and adaptive reuse of existing buildings. Novel design methodologies and technologies are explored for optimizing design option generation using various spatial, environmental and economic factors simultaneously.