Floatability and washability characterization of difficult to process coal seams at Teck Greenhills coal mine

Teck Coal produces metallurgical quality coal from the coalfields in southeastern British Columbia and it is the second largest exporter of metallurgical coal in the world. It operates four coal mines in SE BC. One of the Teck Coal operations has been experiencing difficulty in processing fine coal for several years. Overall, this situation has led to less than expected plant performance, resulting in some losses in production.

Cathode Design for All-Solid-State Lithium-Tellurium Batteries

Battery technologies are urgently needed for emerging high-tech applications, such as medical implants, wireless sensors, wireless devices. These new devices have very limited space and require high reliability, and therefore demand the batteries could provide high energy per volume and high safety. Current Li-ion batteries cannot meet this demand due to its relatively low energy per volume and safety risks (leakage, fire, and explosion). To address these challenges, Prof.

Computational and Experimental Evaluation of Leading-Edge Droops for Performance Enhancement of Wind Turbine Rotors

Wind power is becoming an important source of clean electricity. However, wind turbines operating at low wind conditions suffer from reduced efficiency and reduced electricity generation. Leading-edge droops are small extensions added to the front of the blade that can potentially improve the turbine efficiency under low wind speeds. The Mitacs project will investigate how aviation-inspired leading edge droops affect the aerodynamic characteristics of wind turbine blades.

Modeling and optimisation of woven composite hydraulic tubes, to reduce in-service defects and failures—Phase II

Niedner Inc is a Quebec-based industrial partner, specializing in manufacturing of fire hoses and water tubing systems, which are vastly used e.g. in forestry fire, the environmental management of contaminated site remediation and water main rehabilitation applications. Their state of the art facility consists of in excess of 70,000 square feet and is exclusively devoted to the research, development and manufacturing of rigid and lay flat liquid distribution hoses, destined for both Canadian and export production.

Evaluation of New Technology in TechnipFMC’s Operations

TechnipFMC is a global leader in subsea, onshore, offshore, and surface technologies. They use innovative technologies to help their clients develop their oil and gas resources. The purpose of this project is to research and evaluate two new technologies to determine the best fit for deploying the technology in TechnipFMC’s operational environment.

Effect of Leading-Edge Manufacturing Defects on Propeller Performance

The objective of the proposed research is to investigate the performance degradation of a full-scale modified NACA 66 section, which is typically used for marine propellers, due to leading-edge (LE) manufacturing tolerances. Two-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations will be carried out for the base section without defect (as designed) and sections with LE defects (as built) which are to be determined based on the ISO 484-1 Standard for propeller manufacture.

Driver behaviour in response to potential hazards in a simulated environment

Driver error is a contributing cause of most motor vehicle collisions. Consequently, accident rates are much higher in scenarios where safe transit requires increased reliance on driver ability and decision-making. Intersections, for example, are potential conflict zones, because unexpected hazards are common. For accident reconstructionists, like those at Kodsi Engineering, understanding hazard response enables comparison of ongoing assignments with typical driver behaviour.

Solar harvesting textiles for self-powered health monitoring and human-machine interactions

Wearable electronics has become one of the most intensive research fields due to the ability to improve human life, enable interaction in the virtual world and the demand for portable electronics. Textiles with embedded electronic elements hold great potential for the next generation of health monitoring and human-machine interaction devices. Flexible sensors built on textiles convert physical movements of the human body into measurable signals, which allows real-time monitoring and precise measurement. However, a power source is needed to support the operation of the devices.

Microcontroller development and integration for high voltage bushing condition monitoring through wireless communication

It has been demonstrated in the previous research that monitoring only one point as the sole region of insulation degradation is not sufficient for operational safety of high-voltage bushings. Therefore, monitoring a wider volume of the high stress region inside the bushing using ECT sensing becomes a necessity for earlier detection of defects. In this project, we will investigate this problem and develop algorithms and prototypes of using microcontroller, sensors and wireless networking technologies for determining the condition of polymer high voltage bushings.

Characterization of Boiler Fly Ash to Match Producers with Beneficial End Uses

Many mills are currently using biomass (hog fuel, bark, sawdust, demolition waste etc.) for heat and electricity generation due to its greenhouse gas neutral status. The combustion of such feedstock generates ash residues the properties of which vary widely with the properties of feedstock and the boiler operating conditions. As such, majority of the ash generated in Canada is currently landfilled.