Innovative Technology for Bioremediation/Composting of C&D Wood Waste

Manufactured and coated wood (MCW) is generated by the construction and demolition (C&D) industries. At present, some MCW is ground and utilized as daily landfill cover. However, the Province of Nova Scotia would prefer to see this move away from landfill and be utilized as a value added marketable product. Current estimates suggest that there is 175,000 tons of C&D materials generated annually. Of that, 40% is estimated to be wood material consisting of clean wood, MCW, pressure treated, creosote timbers and laminates.

Debugging in the Real-time Systems with DTrace

In order to bebug a system, one requires information from both offline and run time slates of the system. In more cases the information required to trace a problem does not correspond to the information available from the output provided by the system. Thus, additional probes must be inserted in order to achieve the required information. Herein lays the problem since the probing could perturb the system leading to side effects known as Heisenbugs. One major reason for the occurrence of these bugs is due to lack of information a developer has on the effect of probing.

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Modelling of Septic Tank Project

Advanced mathematical techniques will be applied to optimize the design of septic tanks of Clearford Industries. Effective design of these tanks depends on several operational parameters such as flow rate, temperature and location (industrial parks, rural communities or private individual properties) of the tanks. Due to the said parameters, it becomes difficult for the companies to manufacture and install tanks without in©\depth knowledge on flow hydraulics.

Reliability Based Design Framework for High Strength Linepipe

The internship objective is to establish a reliability based design framework for high strength linepipe subject to internal pressure, axial force and end moment for monotonic loading conditions. Linepipe grade material with specified minimum yield strength (SMYS) equal to or greater than Grade 550 (X80) is defined as high strength linepipe. The mechanical performance design criteria will be established through the development, calibration and validation of numerical modeling procedures such as finite element.

Investigating Cooling Water Toxicity at a Pulp and Paper Mill Cause by Seasonal Variability

Isolated instances of toxicity have occurred at AbitibiBowater, a Pulp and Paper industry in Thunder Bay, Ontario. For the past four years (2005-2008) AbitibiBowater Thunder Bay's cooling water has failed Canadian regulatory rainbow trout (oncorhynchus mykiss) toxicity limits during the month of April.

Implementation of a non-linear block LU-SGS time stopping method

The objective of the project is the implementation of a fast solution algorithm for the simulation of complete aircraft configurations. In industry, these numerical simulations are used to compute detailed quantitative information about the flow patterns occurring during take-off, landing and cruise flight, and play an essential role in the optimization of aerodynamic surfaces. However, due to their computationally intensive nature, these analyses are very time consuming and usually require several hours to obtain.

Potential Function Based Secondary Control of Microgrid

The new trend in electric power systems is to incorporate distributed energy resource (DER) units into the main grid. Such DER units can form a microgrid if they are in close proximity of each other and are connected to the main grid through a single point of common coupling (PCC). If for any reason the microgrid becomes separated from the main grid, for example in a case of a fault occurrence, the new paradigm of power systems (Smart Grid) necessitates that the microgrid continues to operate in this islanded mode.

Measurements and Modeling of Wireless Relay Channels in Urban Microcellular

This applied research engineering project is a University of Ottawa-CRC collaboration to produce knowledge applicable in the design of future wireless communication systems and networks. The collaboration gives the intern access to both CRC's technical capabilities, equipment, internationally recognized expertise in radio propagation research and radio channel modeling, along with the theoretical knowledge developed at the University of Ottawa.

Leveraging Smart Growth via Ontario’s Climate Commitments

A strategic opportunity exists to integrate, strengthen and reform land use, transportation and municipal energy planning policies to address climate change goals in Ontario. The kinds of policies that reduce urban sprawl go hand in hand with climate policy, and vice versa. The project with the Pembina Institute, an organization committed to sustainable energy solutions, will analyze existing government initiatives and relevant government policies to determine opportunities for Green House Gas (GHG) reductions through policy modifications or additions.

FPGA-accelerated Laser Line Profile Extraction

The research project with Xiris Automation Inc, a developer of high-end machine vision components, is to devise a laser vision system to inspect pipe welds at very high speeds. This will be accomplished by designing custom hardware on a field programmable gate array (FPGA). This process must detect reliably the quality of the welds in a noisy industrial environment and must account for specular reflection on the pipe’s surface. The desired image acquisition and processing speed will be in the range of 200-500 frames per second.