Optimal Design of Interface Geometry of Pocelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Dental Crown - an Experimental Study

In conventional crown structure, the crowns are bonded to the bottom layer with a cement layer. The major clinical failure mode is the subsurface radial crack at the interface between the crown and cement. This failure is caused largely by the tensile stress concentration/singularity in the dental ceramic at that interface. A sharp change in the structure geometry or/and mismatch in material properties at interfacial boundary is the source for such stress concentration/singularity.

Evaluation of fiber-reinforced polymer composite tubulars for high-temperature environment operation

Fiber-reinforced polymer composites (FRPC) have long been recognized for their high strength-to-mass and stiffness-to-mass ratios and excellent corrosion resistance. Certain emerging technologies in the oil and gas industry do not permit the use of metallic structures, and FRPC are therefore considered as an alternative. Conventional polymer materials are usually not capable of sustaining the environmental conditions that exist for the considered applications, which includes temperatures in excess of the boiling point of water, and exposure to hydrocarbons and water.

WindEEE (Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment) dome, Prototype design and validation

The Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment (WindEEE) Dome, the world’s first hexagonal wind tunnel, represents a technological breakthrough in the study of wind-related phenomena as it has the capability of physically simulating high intensity wind systems – including tornados, downbursts, gust fronts or low-level nocturnal currents – that cannot be created in any of the existing wind tunnels.

Icing Mitigation for Wind Turbines

Wind turbines in cold coastal climate experience frequent icing events. Icing may result in a variety of problems which can affect the production rate and availability of the turbines. The main focus of the proposed research is on how to deal with the icing issues at Kent Hills wind farm located in New Brunswick. Total loss of production revenue due to icing events at this wind farm was estimated to be around $2 million.

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