Optimizing modern day vinyl presses

Viryl technologies currently manufactures one of the worlds only modern day vinyl record presses. The recent vinyl renaissance has taken the marketplace by storm. The quality of a record pressing is determined by the characteristic of the vinyl used, its temperature, the force used to stamp the record, the final thickness of the pressing, the cycle time of the press, the efficacy of the flash cooling incorporated in the press, and possibly other factors. It is the aim of this research to study the effects of such parameters on the final quality of the pressed discs.

Machine learning towards intelligent steel refining processes

In the steelmaking industry, process control models need to be based on a sound physical understanding of the process but should also account for many uncertainties due to the nature and complexity of the environment in which the process is carried out. As a result, it is crucial to extract useful process control information from the raw data stream acquired by the industrial sensors.

Development of Drug-eluting Bio-absorbable Scaffolds for Body Piercing Applications

Nearly 20% of all piercings lead to local infection, and therefore, it is imperative to develop alternative and commercially-viable methods of piercing aftercare to prevent infection. The general objective of the proposed project is to optimize the design of drug-eluting bio-absorbable scaffolds for human and animal tissue piercing applications with a focus on scaffold degradation and drug release properties. Methods of low temperature fabrication of drug-eluting bio-absorbable scaffolds will be developed and optimized.

Improving Powder Performance by Development and Optimization of Industrial Lubricants and Mixing Technology for Powder Metallurgy - Year two

Ideal flow, high-volume Powder Metallurgy (PM) manufacturing can achieve uniform, consistent filling of die cavities, leading to high productivity, low rejection rates, improved part integrity and consistent part dimensions. The type and amount of lubricant, size and shape of lubricant particles, mixing parameters and certain environmental conditions all significantly influence the flow characteristics and apparent density (AD) of powder mixtures.

Modeling of the Wear Performance of Carbide-Based Overlays and Coatings

Surface degradation during Oil & Gas and Mining operations in the Province of Alberta are pervasive. This has resulted in extensive research and development activities into the development of advanced surface modifications that are based on overlays and coatings. Most research effort has focused on materials selection, fabrication, and optimization of wear performance of those modifications through experimentation, trial-and-error, and microstructural analysis.

Development of electrospun micro/nano fibrous strain sensors with temperature sensing capabilities for wearable textile applications

Piezoresistive strain sensors respond to a mechanically induced deformation with a change in their electrical resistance. Large strain flexible strain sensors have been adopted for numerous applications including rehabilitation, health and sport performance monitoring as well as physiology and kinesiology applications. Although development of these flexible strain sensors has reached a level of maturity, design of a multifunctional strain sensor with temperature sensing capabilities and its integration with wearable textiles and electronics have still remained a challenge.

Advancement of bio-processing technology for ginseng polysaccharides: a model for value-added medicinal plant polysaccharides development

This proposed project focuses on American ginseng (AmG), a natural herb native to Canada that has been used as a traditional medicine for many generations. Southern Ontario has become the World’s largest producer of AmG with annual sales of over $400M at the farm gate. Polysaccharides (PS) are a major active component of AmG showing various biological activities including anti-carcinogenic, anti-aging, immunostimulatory and antioxidant effects.

Bacterial biofilms – Phytochemicals, efflux pumps and food safety applications

The partner organization is designing novel dispensing equipment for liquid products to be used by quick-service restaurants. A food safety concern related to the R&D of this equipment is the potential health hazards associated with the formation of bacterial biofilms within the dispensing system. Biofilms are complex bacterial communities that grow on surfaces contacting liquids. The risk for consumers is that these biofilms could shelter practices to remove biofilms will be established.

Economic complexity, value chain network and Québec’s global competitiveness

The purpose of this project is to position Quebec in the global production network and to compute Quebec’s Product Complexity Index (PCI) and Economic Complexity Index (ECI) using Hidalgo and Hausmann (2009) methodology. Based on the rankings of PCI and ECI, we can have a clear understanding of the economic structure of different countries and their hierarchical position in the global production and trade network. Hidalgo and Hausmann (2009) argue that economic growth is related to the intensity and diversity of business activities taking place in geographically bounded regions.

Vision-Based Welding Control and Quality Assurance - Year two

Manual welding is a highly demanding task which requires extensive expertise for certain applications such as pipe welding. To facilitate the welding process, increase productivity, and decrease welder’s required level of skill, Novarc Technologies has designed and manufactured a collaborative Spool Welding Robot (SWR) equipped with a laser assistant weld path tracking. Our proposed research takes into account the fact that currently, welders rely on their eyes and the limited view of the weld pool through the helmet to control the welding process.