Mechanical characterization of phage-coated implants for the prevention and treatment of periprosthetic joint infections in high risk patients

Caused by planktonic and biofilm drug-resistant bacteria on implants, periprosthetic joint infections (PJI) is one of the most devastating complication in orthopedics and is in line with forecasted rise in joint replacement. From the perspectives of patients, surgeons, hospitals, and health care system, PJI thus present a great unmet medical need, resulting in high morbidity, and even mortality, among affected patients. Therefore, clinicians would find invaluable a technology with a potential to manage PJI on implants.

Magnetorheological Fluid Actuators for various industries (part 2)

Exonetik designs, develops and manufactures magnetorheological (MR) actuator systems that enable novel functionalities to satisfy unmet customer needs. In collaboration with Exonetik engineers, interns will participate in the design, development and testing of customized magnetorheological actuators for robotics applications. The expected results of these subprojects will be prototypes that will be tested to demonstrate the added value that the technology can provide.

Pratt & Whitney Canada Pre-Detailed Design System for Turbines

The aero-engine design process is highly iterative, multidisciplinary and complex in nature. The success of an engine depends on a carefully balanced design that best exploits the interactions between numerous traditional engineering disciplines such as aerodynamics and structures as well as lifecycle analysis of cost, manufacturability, serviceability and supportability. Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) is the world leader in the design and manufacturing of small aero-engines.

Intraoperative Assessment of Humeral Implant Stability

This research seeks to develop a process and tool for assessing the stability of an implant during shoulder replacement surgery. The proposed system will help shoulder surgeons decide whether an implant is sufficiently secure prior to completing the surgery. Researchers will measure how much torque it takes to loosen an Exactech shoulder implant from artificial bone models in a laboratory and relate this peak torque to the quality of the bone surrounding an implant.

Modeling and control of CPP's proprietary Mighty Dredge & Bypass Pump Technologies

Canada Pump & Power (CPP) is an Alberta specialized industrial marine company. CPP has a novel proprietary dredge propulsion method based on a set of winch-driven cables: the patented Autonomous Mighty Dredge. Control strategies to date have delivered adequate performance in some operating conditions; the goal is to have the dredge capable of performing to a slurry rate specification under automatic control in a wide range of operating conditions (variable deposits, density, obstacles).

Tightly-coupled Visual-Inertial-LiDAR SLAM

Since Amazon robotics expanded the use of drones to package deliveries to customers, drone applications have been expanded to many industries along with its ability to perform various tasks autonomously. The fundamental technology of drones’ autonomy comes from perceiving its surrounding, creating its own map based on onboard sensors and estimate its location within the map.

Hydraulic Vortex Optimization of a Recessed Impeller Pump

Toyo Pumps is performing research to upgrade their current line of recessed impeller or vortex pumps. Currently, these pumps can only operate in very limited and specific conditions. The goal is to redesign these pumps to allow them to operate in a wider variety of conditions and improve the efficiency, producing more work at a lower power cost. New designs will be made using advanced technology that makes it possible to virtually investigate hydraulic designs using software that simulates the flow through a pump.

Optimization and Development of Bombardier Data Based Engineering Design Tools

The proposed research will involve optimizing and improving engineering operations within Bombardier based on data collected from flight recorders and aircraft operators. This will involve developing new processes in maintenance tracking (i.e. tracking aftermarket spares sales, scheduled maintenance, accessing direct maintenance costs per component, etc.), and implementation of a stress tools suite for in-service structures evaluations. Currently, many internal processes within Bombardier are based on nonstandardized reporting and data collection methods.

Ground-Based Remotely Piloted Aerial Vehicle (RPAV) Tracking System

Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) designs and operates high performance Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS) to deliver payloads between depots and warehouses. The DDC engineering department is looking to design and deploy a ground-based system to track and point at the Remotely Piloted Aerial Vehicle (RPAV) during flight in real-time.

Value Engineering Feasibility Study for System Controller Chassis/Connector Redesign

Electronic assemblies are used to control various systems in an aircraft. Under normal operating conditions, these undergo vibration, and therefore have an expected life span. Different designs are analyzed to reduce production cost, and these designs must ensure that the electronic components contained within the hardware can tolerate the same operating conditions without failure. With time continuous research projects are being conducted to produce products with the same quality and lower costs, and this is one of them.

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