Research and implementation of haptics device integration with a dynamics simulation engine and applications to milling and drilling force feedback (second stage)

Virtual environments represented by multibody system models play an important role in many applications. Adding the possibility of the user directly interacting with such environments via physical touch using haptics can significantly enhance the usability and range of application of simulated environments.

Gallium nitride processes for efficient low loss power transistors

The project’s aim is to develop a comprehensive technological platform for the fabrication of GaN-based electronics devices for applications in telecommunications and power generating and management systems. As of this date, the progress relative to this technology has been excellent and sustained. Our team has now established the most advanced fabrication expertise for GaN-based devices among Canadian universities, and state-of-the-art high electron mobility transistors are now routinely fabricated. Technologies around the epitaxial growth of GaN-based materials are also to be developed.

Comprehensive study of tri-generation system based on ClimateWell technology for Canadian residential homes

A feasibility study will be conducted for a proposed tri-generation (generation of heat, electricity and cooling) using a Stirling engine and a ClimateWell heat activated chiller. The Stirling engine will provide simultaneous heat and electricity from burning natural gas. The heat from the engine will be transferred to either space heating, domestic hot water heating, or to the heat activated chiller. The chiller will then be able to provide space cooling.

Improving the capability, precision, and durability of the Ignition Quality Tester (IQT) in the renewable diesels Cetane number range

This proposal aims to improve the capability, precision, and durability of the Ignition Quality Tester (IQT™). This project includes an experimental investigation of the following areas; Testing of new primary reference fuels, PRFs, and Check fuels, CFs to expand the range of ASTM D6890-11a standard from (33 to 65 DCN) to (15‐100 DCN); Investigate experimentally the impact of the oxygen concentration in the charge air on the response of a fuel sample in the IQT™ system.

CFD simulation of a gas turbine combustor

The work to be conducted in this internship consists of the transient numerical modeling of a combustion device using commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes. Validation of the various sub-models is required and once the final model is complete various design changes can be researched. The model will allow for variations in geometry, spray and

Energy harvesting

The intern will research and develop an Energy Harvesting Device (EHD) prototype. This device will be used to power a Cargo Security Device (CSD) as well as charge the battery for the CSD. The reason for the battery is that the proposed EHD will not produce energy at all times but the CSD needs to continually be powered. The CSD is a unique tracking device used on large marine containers. The power requirements for the CSD are low but the device must function for several years with little to no human interaction.

Product Modularity Enhancement and Engineering Analysis for CPP Dredges

Canada Pump and Power (CPP) Corporation has approached University of Alberta (UofA) to conduct a joint research program by leveraging MITACS Accelerate Internship Cluster Program on “product modularity enhancement and mechanical engineering analysis” for CPP’s existing dredges with its uniquely selected pumps for different user requirements. The methodology adopted includes parametric feature-based design and system simulation-based engineering analysis.

Performance assessment of a high efficiency 1000x concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) system

Meeting the growing energy demands in a sustainable fashion is one of the greatest challenges of this century. This projects aims to evaluate a promising renewable energy source: concentrated photovoltaics (CPV). The configuration developed by our partner promises to offer utility-scale solar power at competitive prices, making it a viable alternative. It is based on large steel and glass structures that focus the incident light to reach over 1000x concentration onto a large array of high performance triple junction photovoltaic cells.

Non-destructive Thermographic Stress Analysis of a New Composite Plate for Femur Fracture Fixation

The present aim of this study is to use an infrared thermography technique to non-destructively measure the three-dimensional surface stress field in a synthetic femur fracture model repaired with a new composite plate vs a clinically-used metal plate. To this end, there are three main phases of this study. First, the infrared thermography system will be calibrated, which is needed because the composite plate is made of several layers of woven material which have differing material properties resulting in differing thermographic properties.