Hydraulic Vortex Optimization of a Recessed Impeller Pump

Toyo Pumps is performing research to upgrade their current line of recessed impeller or vortex pumps. Currently, these pumps can only operate in very limited and specific conditions. The goal is to redesign these pumps to allow them to operate in a wider variety of conditions and improve the efficiency, producing more work at a lower power cost. New designs will be made using advanced technology that makes it possible to virtually investigate hydraulic designs using software that simulates the flow through a pump.

Optimization and Development of Bombardier Data Based Engineering Design Tools

The proposed research will involve optimizing and improving engineering operations within Bombardier based on data collected from flight recorders and aircraft operators. This will involve developing new processes in maintenance tracking (i.e. tracking aftermarket spares sales, scheduled maintenance, accessing direct maintenance costs per component, etc.), and implementation of a stress tools suite for in-service structures evaluations. Currently, many internal processes within Bombardier are based on nonstandardized reporting and data collection methods.

Ground-Based Remotely Piloted Aerial Vehicle (RPAV) Tracking System

Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) designs and operates high performance Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS) to deliver payloads between depots and warehouses. The DDC engineering department is looking to design and deploy a ground-based system to track and point at the Remotely Piloted Aerial Vehicle (RPAV) during flight in real-time.

Value Engineering Feasibility Study for System Controller Chassis/Connector Redesign

Electronic assemblies are used to control various systems in an aircraft. Under normal operating conditions, these undergo vibration, and therefore have an expected life span. Different designs are analyzed to reduce production cost, and these designs must ensure that the electronic components contained within the hardware can tolerate the same operating conditions without failure. With time continuous research projects are being conducted to produce products with the same quality and lower costs, and this is one of them.

Energy management and optimization of airport terminals with the focus on green and net-zero energy solutions

This project is a collaboration between Vantage Airport Group Ltd. and Dr. Krishna Vijayaraghavan research group at SFU to identify best current sustainable practices in the airport industry. The focus of this project is on the economic and environmental aspect of sustainability, and this research aims to identify the best terminal and hub design practices that can minimize the energy consumption with the focus on green and net-zero energy solutions.

Interfacial Engineering of High Energy Density and Safe Solid-State Li Metal Batteries for Electric Vehicle Applications

Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) have become a key player in the growing need for electric vehicles (EVs). State-of-the-art LIBs, using liquid electrolytes, still have significant challenges in their safety, lifespan, and energy density. Accordingly, solid-state lithium metal batteries (SSLBs) have recently been attracting increasing research and industrial attention due to their ability to overcome intrinsic disadvantages of flammable liquid electrolytes used in current LIBs.

Large-scale optimization algorithms for optical and fiber networks

Networks are moving towards being adaptive. This means that automation will be used to replace processes which are today highly manual. This project proposes a development of knowledge in the area of algorithms required to enable adaptive networks. The project will train two PhD students to understand optical networks and devise optimization algorithms in the areas of interest. In particular, the algorithms will be devised to be fast and near-optimal to enable their implementation in the network in accordance with operator’s goals of making the network near-optimal and adaptive.

Paper-Based Weather Resistant Membrane for Building Applications

Currently, petroleum-based water resistance membranes are used in the construction industry in order to create a barrier against water. These make recycling a challenge during building demolition, as well as create a significant carbon footprint of their own. The purpose of this project is to develop a paper-based water barrier to replace the petroleum-based alternatives. In partnership with FPInnovations, two postdoctoral scholars will develop and benchmark the technology, working both at UBC and FPInnovations in Vancouver and Pointe-Claire.

Design of an Anthropomorphic Lower-Limb Exoskeleton System

Human locomotion can be influenced by several factors such as neuromuscular and joint disorders that affect the functionality of joints and can cause partial or complete paralysis. Reduced mobility is estimated to
affect over 1% of the population in the world. Many individuals require mobility assistive technologies to keep up with their daily life and the demand for those devices increases with age.

Process modeling of compression moulding with sheet moulding compound (SMC) for automotive hollow parts

To reduce the weidht of cars in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the automotive industry has recently been turning to the extensive use of composite materials for structural applications. Magna Exteriors Inc (MEI), a world leader tier 1 automotive supplier and a division of Magna International Inc, is seeking ways to develop a new high-volume manufacturing process for hollow parts using sheet moulding compound (SMC).