Corrosion under insulation (CUI) is among the major damage mechanisms acting in Oil & Gas processing plants and chemical industries that causes process leaks, and the failures of thermally insulated systems. The hydrocarbon leaks from CUI result in the increased carbon footprint and can even cause catastrophic fires. CUI triggers from inevitable moisture ingress in thermal insulation, and so need to be better understood and managed for cleaner and safer operation of process facilities.
With the global pandemic effect, the market is experiencing a significant transformation, with robotics to adopt the roles of delivery vehicles and personal assistants. Atlantic Business Express is looking at bring the service robots to Canada, starting in Nova Scotia through working with Dalhousie University. The project is to develop intelligent path planner for mobile robots with safe navigation through obstacles in indoor dynamic environment. The interns will develop an intelligent motion planner as well as efficient collision and obstacle avoidance modules.
This project will investigate how to develop a multifunctional surface coating which exhibits both dust and liquid repellencies for industries like wood mills where fire hazard is a major challenge caused due to the accumulation of liquid contaminants and dust particles. The U of T / Eclipson Technologies team will develop durable coatings possessing these properties along with high temperature resistance that could be readily applied on application of various substrates (metals, glass, ceramic). This involves developing surface coatings, characterizing them.
Pipelines are a vital part of safe drinking water networks and hygienic facilities, and any improvement in facilitating their development affects decreasing the disease and death and increasing the prosperity of the community economy. This project aims to develop a welder robot for massive pipeline connections, which will expedite the execution phases of welding. Compared with the current bulky and expensive welding robot, the developed robotic system will be more helpful in pipeline development because it will be portable and affordable.
Bio-materials can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, greenhouse gas emissions and facilitate a rapid transition to a bio-basedleconomy. Thus, developing novel and innovative technologies and products related to bio-materials sectors is crucial. This has!resulted in extensive research into the development of biomaterials. Most research efforts have focused on materials selection,\'fabrication, and optimization of bio-materials\' performance through experimentation, trial-and-error, and microstructural analysis.
Plastics are all around us, and unfortunately, they either do not go through decomposition or take decades to decompose. Consequently, tiny plastic particles, called microplastics, are found in oceans, rivers, and even in drinking water. Living species in the oceans consume them, and these microplastics enter to our food chain and pose significant health concerns as they can be toxic to humans and animals. Currently, the detection of microplastics takes too much time and effort, and it requires laboratory equipment.
The integrity and performance of hydraulic components in the maritime sector may be altered due to extreme environmental conditions that result in wear and corrosion. The industry in Canada spends around $0.92B per annum for maintenance (around 69% of GDP) to improve component service life. Therefore, materials that can sustain high life during extreme operating conditions are in demand. Next-generation advanced materials, known as high entropy alloys (HEAs), have gained attention of the scientific community by breaking the bottleneck of conventional alloy design strategy.
AIS Inc. is at the forefront of developing practical mobile robots for various markets. Mobile robots are considered as very complex systems comprising of hundreds of interacting components in complex system architectures. Developing such complex robotic systems, particularly in large scale, requires a coherent collaboration and engagement on various specialized areas. All of the complex products which are under development in AIS, have many Common Elements (CE) both in their system anatomy (e.g.
Bentonite is a naturally occurring clay containing montmorillonite, a smectic clay mineral that has a high cation exchange capacity and swells upon contact with water. The swelling capacity of bentonite limits movement of water which makes it an attractive candidate to be used as an engineered barrier system to protect used nuclear fuel containers that are stored in deep geological repositories. The Nuclear Waste Management Organization is responsible for Canada’s implementation of the plan for the long-term care of nuclear-spent fuel produced by Canadian nuclear reactors.
Canada is a global leader in the aerospace manufacturing industry. Canadian companies produce complex assemblies and system solutions including carbon fiber composite panels used in the body of airplanes. Manufacturing of such panels requires a significant number of operations such as trimming, drilling, and abrasion. Currently, some of these operations are performed manually, which is labor-intensive and time-consuming. The overarching goal of this project is to develop automated and accurate robotic systems for aerospace composite manufacturing applications.