Spatial and Temporal Linear Induction Motor Harmonics

Linear Induction Motors (LIMs) are used in a significant portion of existing rail transport systems, and Bombardier Transport Canada Inc. is a global leader in the industry. LIMs will be ever more important in the future with the expansion of Maglevs globally. In this project, the intern will explore the mathematical models used in designing LIMs. The main objective will be improving the mathematical treatment in order to increase the efficiency of LIMs and eliminate or minimize undesirable effects such as overheating.

Design and Testing of Innovative Precast Concrete Structures for Railway Infrastructures using FRP Reinforcement and Fibre-Reinforced Concrete

SYM-TECH Inc. is looking to develop new corrosion-free precast concrete members (sleepers and piles) reinforced with fiber-reinforced-polymer (FRP) rods and using fiber reinforced concrete (FRC) for railway foundation applications. Such precast concrete members are usually reinforced with conventional or pre stressed steel reinforcements. Steel bars and strands used for reinforcement have a limited service life due to corrosion when exposed to environmental conditions observed in North America.

The Effects of Changing Sound Regimes in the Natural Environment on Marine Mammals in the Arctic: A Decision Support Tool

Marine Mammals depend on sound for survival, whether for communicating with each other or for hunting for food. Human produced (Anthropogenic) sound such as from shipping, military SONAR, coastal development and oil and gas exploration, development and extraction, can all interrupt and disturb marine mammals. As sea ice begins to melt sooner and for longer due to climate change, the Arctic has become more accessible and therefore become targeted by industry for development and expansion.

The Importance of Inuit Participation in the Development of an Offshore Oil and Gas Policy in Nunavut

The intern will begin her project by conducting independent research on policy development, Inuit engagement, and the development of the offshore oil and gas industry in Nunavut for the month of May. She will then travel to Iqaluit for the month of June to complete a work term with the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA). Throughout this work term, the intern will analyze and review an offshore oil and gas policy prepared by Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., and provide the QIA with a report outlining the strength and weaknesses of the policy based on QIA’s mandate.

Development of Gesture-based interfaces for in-vehicle information systems

Driver distraction has long been a critical issue drawing substantial amount of research effort. In order to reduce driver distraction for improved driving performance and safety, automotive suppliers have been endeavoring to provide optimum user interaction solutions. Until recent years, there have been growing interests in the use of gestural interfaces for in-vehicle information systems; however, little is known about how such gesture-based interactions differ from existing touch- and voice-based interactions in the context of driver distraction.

Development of a Fuel Cell Test Protocol for defected GDL material and its statistical validation

This project aims to develop a standard that relates the loss of functionality in the porous transport layer (PTL) due to the presence of defects to the performance of a polymer electrolyte 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.

Automatic crack detection in stamped auto-parts

The objective of the project is to develop a non-destructive test protocol to accurately and reliably detect cracked, pre-welded automotive parts within the constraints of an industrial assembly cell. This will involve reviewing, developing and testing one or more test procedures based on vibration excitation of the part and the measurement and analysis of the response.

Optimization of residual stress of Ti-6Al-4V for Liquid Impingement Erosion Mitigation

The recent work done in collaboration with the group of prof. Bocher on water erosion mechanisms at ETS showed that the erosion in titanium Ti64 alloy compressor blades is based on crack initiation and propagation. These phenomena are dependent on material microstructure, as well as on the stress level. Ti64 alloys can have various types of microstructures and textures. Therefore, a better understanding of the impact of the microstructure and texture is required in order to define the optimum material condition.

Optimisation of a charging system for small electric vehicles using lithium ion batteries

Electric golf carts and other low speed electric vehicles use lead acid batteries. There are now more than two million low speed electric vehicles operating in North America. Based on lithium ion replacement and demonstration programs carried out by Electra and our partners, there appears to be a strong interest from these industries and other low speed vehicle manufacturers to convert to lithium ion battery packs. A majority of the fleets using low speed electric vehicles in North America have purchased and set up charging infrastructures for their vehicles.

Tribological Effect and Honing Studies of PEO Coated Engine Cylinder Bores

The automotive industry is striving towards greater fuel efficiency, and one of the ways in which it is trying to achieve this is through light weighting. The use of aluminum alloys in engine blocks to reduce weight is part of the solution for better fuel efficiency. However, the automotive sector is always striving for innovation and greater engine performance. Consequently, another possible solution for fuel-efficiency was proposed.