Foam deck tiles for building and construction: developing the products formulation and extrusion processes to prevent unexpected deformation

This project is focused on the production of improved deck tiles made of foamed recycled polypropylene (PP) base mat and recycled and virgin polystyrene (PS)/ high impact polystyrene (HIPS) slats that are assembled to the base mat. The current product is available in 12” x 24” and 12” x 12” configurations in a variety of colors. This product is typically installed on high-rise balconies, house porches or decks. Recently, it was reported that the tiles tend to deform after a while. The deformation is usually in the form of center bow down.

Development of a nanonewton force sensor for in-situ characterization of nanomaterials

Nanomaterials are the fundamental building blocks of nanotechnology. Despite the advances in nanomaterial synthesis, no reliable technique exists to characterize their physical properties. The key challenge lies with the lack of accurate force and displacement feedback. To tackle the problem, leading researchers from University of Toronto and from Toronto Nano Instrumentation (TNI) Inc. are working together to develop the next generation technology for nanomaterial testing.

Weibull modeling of part modification reliability for the use of return on investment (ROI) estimates

When Bombardier comes across reports from their customers regarding frequent part failures, they investigate reasons for the cause of these failures. If many reports are received, all due to similar faults on the same part, design changes are made to the part to make it more reliable. Once the newly designed parts are available for purchase, Bombardier informs their customers of the part and is often required to provide an expected return on their investment/purchase (ROI) of a new part.

Automated Integrated Model for Earned Value measure (AIM: EVm)

Earned Value Management (EVM) is a better way of managing project on the weekly or monthly basis. The EVM allows managers to be on top of their project budgets and deadlines. When managers complete projects on time, and within budget, the projects are said to have earned value.
With the increased number of information available concerning projects within a modern organization, the question is about how to develop a better means to calculate the value earned by completing a particular project.

Testing and Inspection Process Capability Improvement for Premium Steel Production

Steel production in a modern steel rolling mill involves many steps. A hot rolling process typically starts from a reheat furnace to heat the cold metal to high temperatures (800 to 1000 C or above) so that the softened metal take different shapes when it is pressed. The end products will be used to make, for instances, automotive parts or will be further processed such as to be welded to make pipes. A steel production system may be operated 24/7 non-stop except for scheduled periods of time for system maintenance, etc.

Technology and Tools for Quantitative Neurodiagnostics Using Ultra-High Resolution Magnetic Resonance Imaging

The project aims to translate developments in ultra-sensitive MRI sensors to a clinically-relevant setting. To create high-sensitivity sensors for better images, we aim to create a tight-fitting system which places the sensors—akin to antennas—closer to the brain. This will improve the quality of the signals that we can extract from the brain, and allow us to use these improvements to capture images that have higher resolution and better contrast. Using this imaging improvement, we aim to then create a large normative dataset of grey matter thicknesses.

Development of Combined Building Integrated Photovoltaic/Thermal (BIPV/T) System for Net-Zero Energy Building Applications - Year two

Building integrated photovoltaic–thermal array (BIPV/T) incorporated within a building structure is a system that combines the roof/facade, photovoltaic cells and thermal collector as an all-in-one product instead of installing each individually. BIPV/T effectively replaces conventional building materials and is more cost-effective than having several separate products, and installation of the BIPV/T system can be implemented during initial building construction.

A ubiquitous positioning solution for head-mounted sensors - Year two

Recent advancement in computer vision and sensing technology has shown great potential for autonomous vehicles. This work aims to studies using an Augmented Reality heads-up display to improve the reliability of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). The algorithms developed will help drivers detect obstacles e.g. pedestrians crossings, improve current lane departure warnings to allow a car to navigate safely without, as well as estimate distance to nearby vehicles for collision avoidance.

Generic model-based development of test means for flight control systems using variability

The development of test means for aircraft flight control systems for is a complex, multidisciplinary and time consuming task. In this project a Master student will develop a reusable model-based development framework, based on an open source tool and methodology. This model-based systems engineering approach will allow the formalization of the generic aspects of the flight control system test means as well as the variability and specific aspects.

Laboratory and Field Assessment of Performance of Treated Wildland Vegetative Fuels

The proposed project will assess and quantify the energy transfer from wildland fires as it relates to coverage of vegetative fuel with wildland fire chemicals for protection of wildland/urban interfaces. The project will extend on preliminary work on the relative performance of wildfire chemicals (e.g., water, gel, foam, and long-term retardants) on forest vegetation. The results of this proposed project will further develop proactive fire control measures, a priori to the occurrence of a fire, for community protection.