Improving performance of recycled asphalt applications with bitumen and asphaltenes mix

New innovative technology is proposed for Recycled Asphalt Shingles (RAS) to produce cold mix asphalt (CMA) for dust control in unpaved roads. This novel method will design a mix of bitumen/RAS/water emulsions that break in a controlled manner upon field application. The effect of asphaltenes, petroleum solvents, emulsifier type, concentration and properties, and the preparation conditions, such as agitation speed, temperature, and the order in which components are added on the performance of the emulsions will be evaluated.

Improving Donor Relations through Machine Learning

This project involves looking at machine learning as a new way to engage with donors for charities that can result in a more effective channel of communication.

Post-Consumer Plastics Recycling

International legislation and growing environmental issues have imposed a lot of pressure on companies andmanufacturers to maximize the recycling systems. Such demands have had significant consequences for theplastic industries to use recycled plastics from the disposed plastic wastes. Therefore, this study is an initiativetaken by the Nanomaterials and Polymer Nanocomposites Laboratory (NPNL) at the University of British Columbiaand Recycling Alternative Inc. in Vancouver, BC, to obtain a comprehensive understanding of plastic recyclingand its market.

Towards designing a bioreactor for the BioLogix™ Product: Identification of microbial communities and their optimal growth conditions for in situ and ex situ hydrocarbon bioremediation

In this project, the intern will determine the identity of the bacterial species present in the BioLogix consortium, as well as determine how to best grow these bacteria in the lab and in the field. The intern will also use this information to aid in the design of technology and equipment to effectively grow BioLogix in the field. By the end of this research Delta Remediation can expect to have received information regarding the species present in their product, how to best grow those species in the lab and design help for technology to grow their product in the field.

Organic matter controls on radium removal via barite coprecipitation

Radium is a radioactive element often found in wastewater from uranium mining and oil and gas industries. One common approach to remove radium from wastewater is to add barium and sulfate to form the mineral barite. The barite traps the radium and can then be disposed of safely. However, chemicals released by decaying plants into the water may sometimes make this process less effective. This project in partnership with Ensero solutions will explore the possible impacts of these chemicals on effectiveness of radium removal with barite formation.

Developing an IoT Based Smart Waste Bin Using a Sensor Network

Waste bins play an important role towards sustainable development and use of valuable resources in a city. This project aims to develop an improved version of the existing waste bins by adding IoT to it. Our goal is to collect different sets of data such as temperature, humidity, gas, weight etc. from inside the bin using different sensors. The smart bin will also be equipped with a camera, a thermal camera, and a GPS module to give the owners real- time feed inside the bin and the location of the bin. The waste bin will be powered using photovoltaic cells.

Investigating practical treatment processes to reuse wastewater effluent for irrigation and chemical treatment purposes at the Town of Altona, Manitoba

The Town of Altona is interested in reusing the wastewater effluent discharged from its aerated lagoons for irrigation or chemical treatment. The current wastewater effluent will be tested and its characteristics determined. Advanced wastewater treatment processes will be investigated to treat the aerated lagoon effluent, and the suitable process able to meet the federal and provincial guidelines for irrigation or spraying for chemical treatment will be identified, tested and recommended for such purpose for the Town of Altona.

Development of a graphic platform to illustrate data in space and time in order to identify the optimal road maintenance and rehabilitation cycle and to monitor execution compliance

The road network supports the mobility of people and goods, and is vital to the economy at both the national and municipal levels. As part of the preparation of their intervention plans and the monitoring of infrastructure compliance, Quebec municipalities need to capture and analyze data on their road network.

Connecting atom-scale bentonite clay models to macroscale mechanical and transport models for spent nuclear fuel storage - Year two

Bentonite is a naturally occurring clay containing montmorillonite, a smectic clay mineral that has a high cation exchange capacity and swells upon contact with water. The swelling capacity of bentonite limits movement of water which makes it an attractive candidate to be used as an engineered barrier system to protect used nuclear fuel containers that are stored in deep geological repositories. The Nuclear Waste Management Organization is responsible for Canada’s implementation of the plan for the long-term care of nuclear-spent fuel produced by Canadian nuclear reactors.

Arsenic in soil removal and beneficial reuse

The objective of the research is to develop a method for and pilot test the remediation of 3,000 tonnes of arsenic trioxide contaminated soils with concentrations up to 20,000mg/kg. Our project aims to research and develop an efficient and safe methodology of soil washing to remove the arsenic from soil, however other methods would be considered. Moreover, we would also like to find a way to treat the arsenic solution resulted from a successful soil washing. One of the possible way to reuse the arsenic solution is to convert it to gallium arsenide for the use in solar power production.