Improving Mineral Data Acquisition with Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems

The research project will focus on improving data quality acquisition for mineral exploration using new and improved remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) for long-range surveying. Vertical take-off and landing fixed wing RPAS will be made that can travel further than typical multirotor drones and close to the ground to acquire high resolution data at scale.

Intelligent Control of Clean Combustion Low Carbon GDI Engine: Oxygen Sensor, Fuel Injection, and Engine Cold-start

Internal combustion engines currently power an overwhelming majority of automotive vehicles, i.e., more than 95% passenger cars and virtually all commercial trucks worldwide. The proper performances of oxygen sensors are essential for precise control of air-fuel ratio to optimize engine combustion efficiency and emission performances. This project will characterize the impacts of physical and chemical exhaust gas conditions on the O2 sensor performance to improve the O2-sensor for guiding partner's application in the production engine including other NOx sensor and H2 sensing feasibilities.

New Techniques for Continuous Biohydrogen Production from Poplar Biomass

Through decades of mining and oil exploration, over 10,000 contaminated sites are found in Canada with toxic levels of heavy metals and harmful contaminants. In many cases, the contamination is on local farmland and the impacts on the environment and especially on the native communities and Indigenous inhabitants is devastating. This project will be committed to use abandoned mines in order to provide biomass by planting poplar trees which are resistant to the contaminations in order to lead biomass to the biohydrogen production.

Process Design for Cogeneration of Carbon Black and Hydrogen by Methane Pyrolysis

Carbon black (CB), a valuable commodity for rubber and plastic industries, is currently produced using the traditional processes with low conversion efficiency and high carbon dioxide emission. Plasma reactors, on the other hand, produce CB and hydrogen from decomposition of methane with no direct emissions and can achieve 100% conversion efficiency. Commercializing this process requires accurate control over CB morphology and process yield, which depends on the particle dynamics and the chemical reactions during the decomposition of methane.

Improving dynamic range by using rich sensing and gain-scheduled control for improved haptic feedback

For the past several years Haply Robotics has been developing high-performance, inexpensive, haptic devices that can be used in a variety of applications, such as medical simulation for the purposes of training. Haply is currently interested in the use of commercial off-the-shelf manipulandums, such as the Valve Index (Valve Index, 2022), that measures the user’s applied grip force to characterize the user’s grip as gentle or forceful.

Production line for personalized camping car cabinets

Today’s customer desire more and more personalized products and often want to get involved in the design of them. The manufacturing of personalized furniture is a good example of this trend. NavCamper is a SME in Quebec, producing personalized camping cars. The production of personalized cabinets for these camping cars is currently very labour intensive. To remain cost efficient and address the issue of shortage of personal to hire, NavCamper wants to automate the production.

SleepSens: A pressure sensitive mat with feedback for improved sleep and injury prevention

This project seeks to understand the fundamental issues affecting people’s sleep and injury prevention during that time. This process first begins by identifying the sleeping patterns of individuals including their sleep positions, durations of sleep, vital signs during sleep and overall experience. To do this, we will be developing a pressure sensitive mat capable of monitoring the body position of an individual and determining where pressure points and hotspots develop.

Smart Based Socks for Wound Prevention and Management

Lower extremity wounds are painful wounds in the legs and feet that can result from immobility (e.g. secondary to Multiple Sclerosis, spinal cord injury), peripheral vascular disease and/or diabetes. They are slow to heal and cause immense pain and suffering. These wounds can cause infections, may lead to amputations, and in more severe cases, death. These wounds impact an individual’s ability to engage in their daily activities and impact the individual’s quality of life. Many people living with diabetes are unable to feel changes in their feet.

Sizing Remotely Piloted Transitional Aircraft for Vertical Takeoff and Landing

This research project aims to use a combination of historical data and physics principles to determine a ratio of batteries to gasoline to power a vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. The physics method that will be used is called momentum theory. Momentum theory is a simplistic model of helicopter flight that determines how much power a rotor will need to hover. MATLAB specifically will be used as a means of running calculations so that flight parameters, such as maximum takeoff weight, can be changed and new values found.

Characterization and Mitigation of Trace Gas Release and Odour from the Tipping Area of Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

City landfills release odourous gases from their daily operations which can impact the quality of life for near-by residences. The proposed research will determine how much odourous gas a typical landfill emits from its daily operations and whether odour absorbing materials or changes in in the types of wastes added to a landfill can be effective methods for reducing odour emission.