Characterization and Mitigation of Trace Gas Release and Odour from the Tipping Area of Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

City landfills release odourous gases from their daily operations which can impact the quality of life for near-by residences. The proposed research will determine how much odourous gas a typical landfill emits from its daily operations and whether odour absorbing materials or changes in in the types of wastes added to a landfill can be effective methods for reducing odour emission.

Experimentally Tuned Airframe Hybrid Stick Model Employing Digital Image Correlation for Ground Vibration Testing

This research presents a new experimentally tuned reduced-order modeling methodology employing a hybrid stick model representation. Digital image correlation (DIC) is used to synthesize mode shapes within a frequency range of interest during Ground Vibration Testing (GVT). Experimental mode shapesare augmented into the Guyan Reduced Order Model (ROM) to develop a corresponding Craig-Bampton ROM.

Structural Behaviour of Steel Reinforcing Bar Cages

Rebar cages are transported to the construction site, and then concrete is cast around them. Until the concrete is cast, these cages form a structure in their own right that must be safe against collapse due to its own weight, as well as environmental and structural loads (e.g., wind). The objective of the research is to better understand at a fundamental level the structural behaviour of rebar cages and ultimately develop predictive models for the stresses and deflections of a given cage.

Characterization study of the pressure drop throughout lifetime of the Ruby-Fill generators

The objective of this study will be to characterize the generator column line resistance, at different flow rates, throughout the generator lifecycle.

Design of an Advanced Shade Control for Energy Efficiency and Occupant Comfort

In major metropolitan areas, multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs) are becoming the main housing form. Newer MURBs also come with large exterior windows and doors, resulting in discomfort such as overheating and higher energy expenditure. An effective solution is to leverage the use of window shadings by automating their controls, but more commonly, they are operated entirely manually according to users’ commands.

Lightweight Multifunctional Hybrid Nanocomposites and Foams for Advanced Automotive Applications

Over the past decade, there has been a global increase in environmental awareness leading to an overwhelming need for lightweight polymer-based materials that possess demanding mechanical, physical, thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity characteristics that meet the standards of novel automotive applications.

Durability of EV’s Battery Pack Joints

To address the global concerns regarding climate changes and increase of earth temperature, carbon dioxide emission has to be removed/reduced. A major source of Co2 emission is transportation vehicles, which account for close to 30% of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. An active method to reduce this significant contribution to global warming is electrification of transportation vehicles. Battery operated vehicles are the cornerstone of automotive electrification. To improve the efficiency and safety of these batteries, structural durability of them must be maintained.

Multifunctional coatings for Meltblown filter media using end-functionalized PDMS brushes

With the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a huge demand for advanced face masks and air filtration systems that could not only prevent transmission of respiratory droplets but having the ability to kill pathogens. Meltblown filters are widely used in these systems for enhanced filtration efficiency but currently they are limited by fouling and have no inherent antimicrobial properties. Here, we propose to add these two features to meltblown filters and make them more competent to combat disease transmission.

Data mining from computer-aided design files

Currently, the service provided by Axya links manufacturers and buyers of manufactured goods. In order to find aperfect match between a manufacturer and a buyer, the computer-aided design (CAD) files they share need to beanalyzed. However, manual analysis of large amounts of CAD files is too time-consuming while requiring highengineering expertise. Based on this, it is proposed 1) to investigate ways of automating the analysis of CAD fileswith data mining; 2) to retrieve and analyze crucial features from CAD files; and 3) to identify future venues forCAD data mining system development.

Distributed Data-driven Model Predictive Control for Air-ring Systems with Application to the Blown Film Industry

The blown plastic film industry is constantly evolving, and the simpler products of just a few years ago are being displaced by new technical films. Market pressures have demanded a lower cost of plastic film with higher quality and thinner gauges. As a result of these trends, the demand for improvements in gauge control of the film increases dramatically, especially for manufacturers with older generations of equipment.