Numerical Modelling of a Gasifier Biomass Bed

Vidir Machine Inc. is a manufacturer of custom agricultural and industrial machinery in rural Manitoba with a keen interest in green energy and environmental applications. Thus, a gasifier bed model will be developed to predict the oxidizing reactions occurring inside a straw gasifier. This model will then be integrated into an overall gasifier model to predict the process parameters inside a two-stage gasifier. This model will be used to optimize the air control system and provide a method to develop a feedback control loop on the primary and secondary air system.

Wave Diffraction of Floating Structures in Partially Frozen Seas

The objective of the proposed project is to develop a mathematical model to compute the wave diffraction force on a floating structure partially frozen or surrounded by an ice sheet. The horizontal and vertical forces on the cylinder and bending stress in the ice plate will be computed. The results will be compared with those by decoupled solutions. The research results will improve the understanding of the coupled wave-ice-structure interaction and will lay a foundation for the development of a comprehensive simulator to simulate floating structures in harsh environments.

Statistical Qualification of an Existing Industry-held “Malware” Feature Set

ParetoLogic Inc is a Victoria, BC-based software company which develops anti-spyware solutions. Maintaining the accuracy and completeness of their products’ spyware detection capabilities is a key business need in the competitive anti-spyware marketplace. Currently, maintaining the requisite spyware signature database is a human-intensive effort, relying on highly-skilled personnel to both collect and analyze potentially malicious code.

Optimization of the SyncWave Power Resonator

SyncWave Energy Inc (SEI) is a domestic developer of wave energy conversion technology. In 2008, SyncWave aims to deliver small, commercial SyncWave Power Resonators for servicing isolated communities and offshore installations. In parallel with experimental of the first prototype unit, named CHARLOTTE, SEI is collaborating with UVic researchers on the development of a tuning device named SWELS.

Mathematical Modelling of Small Craft Motion

Simulation training is widely used in the aircraft industry to train pilots to operate aircraft. Likewise, ship bridge simulators are used to train the crews of large vessels. The efficacy of this type of training is recognized by international standards and is often required by regulations. A new application of simulation training technology is being developed by Virtual Marine Technology in co-operation with researchers at Memorial University. Specifically, they have developed immersive training simulators for small vessels such as lifeboats and fast rescue craft.

Kinematics Modelling and Trajectory Design for Arm and Shoulder Physical Therapies Performed by Rehabilitation Robots

This project involves studying the kinematics of the human body during physical therapies on the arm and shoulder. With guidance and assistance from Glenrose Hospital, the intern will collect a library of typically prescribed motions of the shoulder and arm during physical therapy. He will then develop a mathematical model to represent the kinematics of the arm and shoulder as well as a parameter identification routine to identify the model parameters using simple moves and coordinate measurement techniques.

Development of Mathematical Models for Flow in a Porous Media

Continuous fiber reinforced thermoset composite structures can be produced by injecting liquid resins into a mold where it hosts pre-placed fiber reinforcement. One of the common processes presently utilized in the industry is the Resin Transfer Molding, abbreviated as RTM. In this process, fiber preforms are placed in a closed mold and resin is injected into the mold to impregnate the preform. After the resin cures, the mold is opened and the final composite part is de-molded. RTM can produce complex and high quality composite components in series production with smooth surface finishing.

Increasing the Efficiency of Light Emission in Signage Applications

Carmanah Technologies Corporation (CTC) manufactures and sells advertising and roadway sign products to various industries throughout North America. These products are fluorescence-based and light emitting diode-based devices. CTC wishes to further improve its current product offering by using optimization techniques and numerical simulations of the lighting systems. The optimization is to be done within industrial constraints to improve overall beam-steering and uniformity of back-lit sign illumination

Ultra Wide Band Antenna Design for Microwave Breast Imaging

Existing screening techniques for detecting breast cancer like X-ray Mammography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Computer Assisted Tomography (CT) have some drawbacks, such as the inability to detect cancer at early stage, over sensitivity or requirement of breast compression. A new approach that has the potential to overcome these shortcomings is Ultra Wide Band (UWB) microwave imaging. This imaging method is based on solving Maxwell’s equation to determine dielectric properties profile with known electric field measured by antennas surrounding the breast.

Nonlinear Time Series Analysis for Prediction and Characterization of Brain Epileptic Activities

This research involves mathematical analysis of the recorded brain electrical signals in epilepsy patients with the aim of developing a seizure prediction and classification system. The seizure is an abnormal activity of the brain cells that requires immediate medical attention. The process of recording brain signals is performed for clinical and diagnosis purposes by the medical staff while the intern will be responsible for analysis of the recorded signals to design a predication algorithm and he will not be involved in data recording.