Methodology development for the non-destructive quality assessment of joints in polyethylene pipes based on ultrasound technology

The use of polyethylene (PE) plastic pipes for transporting gas and water has increased over the last few decades. The quality assessment and overall safety of the PE pipe networks have been of high priority for the distribution companies. The existing technology is somewhat complicated to use quickly and effectively by less experienced personnel. The proposed research study goal is to revise and evaluate the newest technological solutions for joint testing and propose a methodology that can address industry needs.

Reliability-based finite element analysis of pipeline dents interacting with corrosion features

Corrosion, mechanical damage and cracking are the primary causes of pipeline incidents in Canada. Major incidents can significant impact the public, wildlife, and environment. Over the past ten years, the length of pipelines has increased 11 per cent, but the number of pipeline incidents has decreased 48 per cent. This is largely due to continuous improvements in pipeline safety programs across the energy industry. To make pipelines safer, the intern is dedicated to contributing to the development of the existing pipeline integrity evaluation method.

DESIGN OF A NOVEL HEAT EXCHANGER TEST RIG

Heat exchangers, used in building heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to transfer heat from hot to cold fluids, are designed to operate under ideal conditions. However, in practice operating conditions may vary with ambient temperature or humidity. HVAC system efficiency can be improved significantly if fluid flow rates are adjusted in response to such changes. Armstrong Fluid Technology is a Canadian firm that has developed control systems to adjust the flow through building heat exchangers to maximize their efficiency.

Impairment screening utilizing biophysiological measurements and machine learning algorithms

In this project, a comprehensive testing station for impairment screening will be implemented. The station includes an eye testing goggle, movement detectors, biophysiological measurement sensors, and an integration algorithm to integrate the result of measurement to diagnose the status and type of impairment. The hardware technology resides at the industry partner while this project is focused on implementation of data gathering and data storage platforms, feature extraction and selection algorithms and machine learning algorithms to quantify levels of impairment.

Development of Green Ceramic formulations, testing and manufacturing process from Alberta oil sands tailings

Occupying the large tailings ponds is the most significant environmental issue for oil sand conventional extraction process. Making Green Ceramic/building materials is the most promising method to reduce the size of tailings ponds. This not only leads to consumption of tailings but also results in valuable products for the construction industries.

Development of an Unmanned Glider for Autonomous Soaring

We will develop an algorithm for a small unmanned glider (a plane-shaped drone) to soar autonomously. Gliders gain energy from the atmosphere by flying in circles in streams of rising air, called thermals. This allows them to stay aloft for extended periods of time, in the range of several hours. Detecting thermals, as well as harvesting energy from them, with an automatic pilot, is the challenge that we are tackling in this work. We will write the program, as well as test it, both in a flight simulator and in the field (with a remote-controlled drone, flying autonomously).

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.

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