Multimodal Safety Analysis of the implementation ofrectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs)

With the increased number of non-motorist related crashes, there is a growing need for accommodating the safety of active modes in urban areas. The City of Calgary has recently installed rectangular rapid-flashing beacon (RRFB) at several locations in the City in an attempt to improve cyclists and pedestrians’ safety. RRFB use dual rectangular LED lights to display intermittent rapid flashes similar in operation to emergency flashers on police vehicles. These devices were shown to assist motorist yielding behaviour at some particular locations.

Réingénierie des processus d’affaires du département d’ingénierie

Il s’agit de la réingénierie des processus d’affaires du service de l’Ingénierie, plus particulièrement des processus de développement de produits dans le domaine de la fabrication dans le transport ferroviaire. Révision et mise à jour selon les dernière pratiques dans le but d’atteindre les objectifs stratégiques de l’entreprise.

Ruggedized OLED Displays

While OLED displays are now a relatively-mature technology, they have been almost exclusively targeting consumer electronics. As such, the ultimate goal of this ambitious collaboration will be to: Evaluate the technology and supply chain readiness of actual OLED and other emerging display technologies. Assess their potential for cockpit (critical) and cabin (passenger-level) aeronautics and train applications.

Développement de protocoles et infrastructures d’essais pour l’évaluation de systèmes embarqués dans les véhicules intelligents/autonomes sous de multiples conditions

Le développement rapide des technologies de l’information et des capteurs au cours des dernières années a eu un essor de plus en plus important dans le secteur automobile afin de rendre la conduite plus sécuritaire. Les systèmes de sécurité active en milieu automobile visent à éviter les collisions plutôt que de mitiger leur impact sur les passagers. Or la sécurité routière est directement fonction de la performance des systèmes intelligents embarqués et des capteurs en termes de fiabilité et de robustesse. Ils sont de plus en plus omniprésents, nombreux et complexes.

Ergonomics Evaluation of Right Angle Power Tools

It has been estimated that approximately 70% of operators in automotive assembly use power-tools to complete their assembly tasks, yet companies have a difficult time determining why injuries happen when they are used. Before we can determine this, we need to understand the type of postures and the level of physical demand and the frequency of their use every minute. This survey will help to understand exactly how assembly workers use these tools with the overall goal to begin to reduce the risk associated when using them.

Coalescence Free Surfaces

Water injection in the industrial gas turbines is frequently used to improve the turbine performance during hot days. Injected water evaporates in the compressor section providing effective cooling leading to increased gas density and improved performance. Water injection technology poses several technological challenges. The injection system needs to be optimized to provide a uniform droplet size distribution across the inlet cross section.

Development of a Fuel Cell Test Protocol for faulty GDL material with varying GDL/MPL defects

This project aims to develop a standard that relates the loss of functionality in the porous transport layers (PTL) due to the presence of defects to the performance of a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell. This work attempts to screen defects in the PTL using previously developed testing protocols. Currently there are no existing protocols that specify when to reject defected PTL material from external suppliers. These results will help to avoid falsely rejecting material by developing such guidelines for a failure screening method based on experimental data.

Alternator-based Energy Regeneration Utilizing a Wheel-Roller Mechanism

Friction control plays a major role in reducing wear, noise and vibration, and managing wheel/rail interaction on rail transit systems. Recognized as a global leader in rail industry, L.B. Foster has developed innovative lubrication technology for friction management at specific sections of a railroad track. The mobile dispensing system used for friction management requires an external power source to provide power to the unit. It would be ideal if the system can include a separate power generation unit that can obtain its power from a reliable source on the railcar.

Optimization of test protocols to investigate material influences on the fuel cell performance caused by material handling

In Early 2013, an NSERC Engage grant and a Coop term project enabled collaboration between Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. Fuel Cell Division (MBFC) and Dr. Merida’s group at the University of British Columbia (UBC). A test-bench apparatus for the evaluation of fuel cell material properties during manufacturing processes was designed. The present proposal builds on the previous activities and aims to make the test-bench apparatus available for material pre-qualification.

Functional Cost Methodology for Automotive Lightweighting

To meet CAFE standards for fuel economy, many new projects are being undertaken. One such method being investigated to achieve these standards is vehicle lightweighting. Each lightweighting project has an associated cost and will have an impact on various functional groups of the vehicle. During this internship, the related functional benefits of lightweighting will be analyzed, with a focus on location (zone) based effects. The zones will be accessed and a value to weight reduction ratio will be assigned to each.

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