Weldability of Thermoplastic Materials for Automotive Applications

Use of thermoplastics for engineering applications has become critical over the past decade with the automotive industry looking for creative ways to reduce vehicle weight. As such, linear vibration welding is gaining acceptance as a specialized method for joining thermoplastic parts. This research will focus on amorphous resins used in automotive light-weighting applications. Amorphous plastics typically have better impact resistance, but less resistance to fatigue cracking and stress cracking when compared to semi-crystalline plastics.

Exergoeconomic Optimization of Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage Technology (A-CAES)

Development of energy storage has been identified as one of the most important features of our rapidly evolving energy grids. While the significance of flexibility it provides is well understood, commercialization remains non-trivial. Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) is founded on well-known scientific principles that have been combined and applied in a novel way. These innovative systems are complex, each component with its own opportunity for optimization.

Analysis of the effects of a high-anxiety state on running mechanics and identifying relevant psychological predictors related to levels of emotions and mechanics

Achieving optimal sport performance is complex and multidimensional. Athletes need to have high levels of physical and psychological skill. It is already commonly understood that an athlete’s emotional state can affect performance. With this project, we would like to take this one step further and investigate how an athlete’s emotions affect movement patterns, more specifically by assessing how anxiety impacts running mechanics.

Analysis and optimization of a novel thermal storage system for ground-source heat pumps

Researchers at Ontario Tech University are collaborating with McClymont and Rak geotechnical engineers to develop a new sustainable thermal storage technology that addresses the main challenges that have prevented geothermal heating and cooling systems from being adopted in a meaningful way in Ontario. An innovative storage medium, based on a construction slurry, will be developed and used in the underground thermal storage, and coupled to a geothermal heat pump to provide high-efficiency and clean building heating and cooling.

Evaluation of the mechanical properties of the bone-implant interface in lower limb amputees

Prosthetic limbs can provide a tremendous improvement in the quality of life and mobility of amputees. The conventional method of attaching a prosthetic limb is a socket that is custom designed to fit to the residual limb. Difficulties with socket fit attachments has led to the use of titanium implants as an alternative method for the attachment of prostheses. Using skin-penetrating implants, the prosthesis is attached directly to the bones of the residual limb. The use of these types of implants for attachment of lower limb prosthetics is now being performed in several centers world-wide.

Safe and Low-cost Robot Grasping through Impedance Control and Deep Learning

Grasping skill is significant in modern service robot that requires interaction with object under manipulation. Grasping of a new object is a trivial task for human operator while it is challenging for robot manipulators. Inspired by the grasping process of human operators, grasping control algorithms based on the integration of vision, tactile sensing. Deep learning, as an emerging technique successfully applied in many areas will be utilized to combining the advantages of both vision and tactile sensing.

Developing clean dual-fuel natural gas engines for heavy-duty trucks

Dual-fuel diesel-natural gas engines have the potential to be an economical and low-emission alternative for heavy-duty transport applications. These engines combust pre-mixed natural-gas/air mixtures by ignition with a pilot injection of diesel fuel. The fraction of energy provided by each fuel can be varied for engine operating conditions. Natural gas is less expensive than diesel so higher amounts of natural gas is generally preferred. However, if natural gas substitution rates become too high (e.g.

Integrated Thermal Systems and Controls Modeling for AUTO Mode Simulation and Optimization

Simulating the Heating Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) system performance in a virtual environment is an integral part of a vehicle development process. Transient system behaviour is captured by modeling refrigerant flow, coolant flow and its interaction with air flow with the use of a one-dimensional tool. In this project, a methodology to integrate the thermal model of a HVAC system that would comprise of refrigerant loop, vehicle cabin and coolant loop with HVAC system controls is developed to simulate scenarios where the system is operating in automatic mode.

Redesign and Optimization of SmartRING Strander Facegear and Knife Clamping System

The SmartRING strander was developed in the mid-nineties to address the need in the Oriented Strand Board (OSB) industry for a higher capacity machine over the SmartDISC strander. Since being introduced to the market, the ring strander has not had any significant improvements and/or upgrades. Although, it is deemed the preferred machine by OSB customers over our one competitor (i.e.

Improving Situation Awareness for a Collaborative Service Robot in Care Environment - Year two

Development of Collaborative Service Robot (CSR) technologies usually targets a certain population group like seniors or people with developmental disabilities (DD) and requires tailored and dedicated research and development. This project is ultimately seeking to provide a proof of concept of a CSR platform that can assist people with DD. The overall project involves research and development focused on two broad robotics themes: autonomous navigation and situation awareness.