Structural optimization of a conformable pressure tank with membrane loading

Due to abundant reserves and environmental cleanliness, natural gas has introduced the environmentally friendly vehicles - natural gas-powered vehicles (NGVs), which have the potential of providing a solution to air quality problems. However, low volumetric energy density of natural gas results in NGVs’ short-range driving, inhibiting them from widespread adoption. A conformable pressure tank is considered as a solution to the issues of energy density and onboard fuel storage capacity and therefore, the driving range for NGVs.

Ergonomic Design of an Automotive Material Sequencing Centre

The Ford Motor Company is bringing 800 jobs into the Oakville Assembly Plant. These jobs will be concerned with sequencing parts for the new Material Sequencing Centre. To ensure that workers remain healthy, and their productivity and quality output is up to Ford's high standards, Ford (through this fellowship) wants to establish clear ergonomic guidelines for this type of work. The post-doctoral fellow will conduct surveys in the plant, as well as review existing ergonomic guidelines within Ford.

Citizen data for cycling research: BikeMaps.org App development

Canadians are increasingly using cycling as a means of transportation. However, understanding the risks is problematic as data is limited. To address this, the Spatial Pattern Analysis and Research (SPAR) Lab has created a web-map, BikeMaps.org, to gather data from cyclists on crashes, near misses, hazards, and thefts. Cyclists around the world have enthusiastically begun to map points. However, BikeMaps.org requires a web-browser, which, in this day and age of mobile devices, limits its functionality.

Developing a Reliability-Based Life-Cycle Cost Model for Electric Motors

The proposed internship aims to study how the characteristics and reliability of Permanent Magnet Electric Motors (PMs) affect their life-cycle cost (LCC), including initial, maintenance, and energy costs. First, the effect of the variation of design variables on the performance and initial cost of PMs will be assessed and the cost will be correlated to performance. Second, the effect of materials and processes on the reliability and the LCC of PMs will be studied and LCC will be correlated to reliability. The results will be presented to TM4 in form of a detailed database.

Developing Advanced Topologies for High-Power Motor Drives

Energy saving is one of the important issues in today world. In order to improve the performance of the industrial motor drives for high-power applications, higher voltage power converters are recommended. Compared with low-power converters, high-power systems have their distinct characteristics and challenges, and usually require converter configurations capable of processing energy conversion at higher power and voltage levels. The technical requirements and challenges for MV systems differ in many aspects from those of the low-voltage AC converters, which have been mostly resolved.

High performance engineered biocomposites for automotive sector

The proposed project seeks to develop biocomposite technology and products for the auto manufacturing industries. Five graduate students under the supervision of Dr.Mohini Sain, will work on manufacturing processes, mechanical characterization, composite rheology and development of molds for various types of bio-composites which have direct application in auto-industries and can act as substitute for fossil fuel based composites. The two partner organizations will be the Centre for Biocomposites and Biomaterials Processing (CBBP), Faculty of Forestry, Univ.

Confection des horaires des pilotes du St-Laurent central

Le projet consiste à développer une méthodologie novatrice, de type heuristique, de construction d’horaires annuels des pilotes de la Corporation des Pilotes du St-Laurent central. L’algorithme de construction d’horaires doit tenir compte de plusieurs contraintes tant au sein de la Corporation des Pilotes du Saint-Laurent central que celles imposées par l’Administration de Pilotage des Laurentides (APL).

Analyse socioéconomique de la situation des acteurs de la chaine d’approvisionnement de l’industrie du rechapage du pneu au Brésil

Cette étude a pour objectif principal de documenter les pratiques de gestion et les conditions de travail des acteurs de la chaine d’approvisionnement de l’industrie du rechapage de pneu de camions au Brésil. L'étude consiste en une collecte terrain qui alimentera une analyse sociale du cycle de vie du rechapage au Brésil selon trois scénarios: 1) scénario de base "valorisation" (le pneu est valorisé en fin de vie); 2) scénario "rechapage"; 3) scénario "recreusage puis rechapage". En parallèle, une analyse environnementale du cycle de vie est aussi menée.

Analyse socioéconomique de la situation des acteurs de la chaine d’approvisionnement de l’industrie du rechapage du pneu au Brésil

Cette étude a pour objectif principal de documenter les pratiques de gestion et les conditions de travail des acteurs de la chaine d’approvisionnement de l’industrie du rechapage de pneu de camions au Brésil. L'étude consiste en une collecte terrain qui alimentera une analyse sociale du cycle de vie du rechapage au Brésil selon trois scénarios: 1) scénario de base "valorisation" (le pneu est valorisé en fin de vie); 2) scénario "rechapage"; 3) scénario "recreusage puis rechapage". En parallèle, une analyse environnementale du cycle de vie est aussi menée.

Transdermal Alcohol Detection System through Measurement of Capacitance Change in a MEMS Device Year One

The proposed research develops a transdermal alcohol detection system. The system is comprised of an array of polymer based MEMS sensors and a sensor measurement circuit. The system analyzes gases exuded from the skin - the gases are chemical mixtures that may (or may not) contain ethanol. No known polymers respond only to ethanol; however, each polymer in the array creates a unique response to the presence of ethanol. When examined together - like a series of simultaneous equations - sensor responses accurately indicate the presence of ethanol.

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