In March 2020, the new human coronavirus disease COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. As of May 21, 2020, the World Health Organization has reported over 4.8 million confirmed cases, including over 323,000 deaths worldwide. Only in Canada, the number of confirmed infections and deaths have reached over 80,000 and 6,000, respectively. Apart from the elevated rates of death and illness, this pandemic has caused major social and economic disruption throughout the world.
Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology provides a promising avenue to reduce carbon emissions. CCS works by capturing and storing carbon dioxide preventing it from contributing to climate change. Pressurized Chemical Looping Combustion (PCLC) is a promising next generation CCS technology that use a metal catalyst to react hydrocarbon fuels in an efficient way allowing for cheap and simple capture of carbon. PCLC has been shown at small scales to capture upwards of 90% of carbon dioxide emissions.
Since energy is the major concern in current and future mining operations, energy efficient technologies are a major focus for research and development. The CAHM machine was developed based on principals of energy efficient particle breakage by compression. The machine design was based on computer simulation and modeling results indicate the potential to reduce comminution energy requirements by 50% as compared to present technologies. CAHM simulations show that the technology can achieve high reduction ratios, consuming less specific power, which translates into energy efficient operation.
Pyrometallurgical processes have long been used for producing ferronickel alloy. Rotary kiln Electric furnace (RKEF) is one of the most important technologies for producing ferronickel. The process involves partial reduction of the ore in the rotary kiln with the addition of fuels and reductants. During the process, some impurities present in the fuels and reductants are introduced to the rotary kiln product (clacine). The presence of impurities, especially sulfur would significantly affect physical and mechanical properties of product.
The goal of this project is to explore new technology directions in the design and development of Electrical Vehical (EV) charging stations. Each of the interns will study the feasibility and/or viability of new technologies as to their benefits for consumers, owners of fleets, and electrical power utilities. The first intern will review the existing and emerging technologies for electrical storage and connection technologies.
HATCH, an engineering consulting firm, owns the patent on a continuous steel processing technology that close-couples traditional steel processing with an innovative approach. Regression analysis will be conducted on a patent litigation data set to estimate the probability of patent litigation in the steel industry and forecast potential litigation costs.
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