Utilization of malting company waster water for hydrogen production and water cleaning

Malting company waste water contains high concentrations of many valuable nutrients such as sugars and proteins. Those compounds have to be removed before discharge the waste water. The removal of those compounds costs a lot of money to the company. But we have bacterial strains which can grow in the waste water and produce hydrogen. Bacteria also clean the waste water after using the nutrients for their growth. So our technology can clean the waste water and produce valuable biogas hydrogen.

Boundary effects on spatial collision data aggregation to areal units

Traffic accident data aggregation relates with boundary issues is OTS's first project with University of Calgary. Several years of collision data, traffic network and neighborhood will be collected from OTS. This project contains implicit knowledge to improve the data aggregation method which has significant impact of data sharing on neighborhood boundaries. The first part of this study will focus on literature review and practicing existing methods to identify key factors and issues influencing the collision data aggregation on neighborhood boundaries.

Desirable density in Vancouver's rental housing market

Vancouver’s rental market is Canada’s most expensive. Financial constraints and need for more space often push families outside of the down-town area towards suburban areas. This research will propose a new type of housing likely to increase Vancouver’s retention capabilities towards this type of inhabitant. Census information shows that a net loss of 2% of new families decide to leave the city annually, suggesting that the housing infrastructure they require is not available. The market offers small apartments with no access to the outside and priced beyond the average financial means.

Combined Building Integrated PV/Thermal (BIPV/T) collector for net-zero energy building applications

Incorporating the Two-stage Variable Capacity Air Source Heat Pump (TS-VC-ASHP) into Building Integrated Photovoltaic/Thermal (BIPV/T) system has the potential to reduce building heating and cooling costs and dependence on non-renewable heating fuels. ASHPs could boost the quality and quantity of heat output of a BIPV/T system by delivering a seasonal Coefficient of Performance (COP) of between 2.0 and 4.0, which means 2-4 times more energy output than the amount of energy (electricity) consumed.

Investigating the structural behaviour of Hybrid Fibre Reinforced Concrete (HFRC) plates

Failure of reinforced concrete plates is caused by the decrease in its stiffness as a result of cracking. This leads to corrosion of the steel reinforcement. Conventional concrete mixtures may not be sufficient to provide the tensile resistance required to minimize cracking. Using fibre reinforced concrete (FRC) can be considered a practical and economical solution to increase concrete tensile strength, and to protect the steel reinforcement against corrosion in harsh environments.

Development of a “Jennic Wireless to Ethernet” gateway embedded system

The proposed R&D is a part of larger project currently developing by Unity Integration Corporation on intelligent lighting systems. This project is consisting of different parts such as wireless motion detectors, wireless ambient light sensors, control systems, predictive software and web-based user interface. The proposed R&D mostly focuses on the development of a gateways embedded system which is an essential part for setting up a wireless sensor network. The gateway is a bridge between the internal network between the endpoints and the internet.

Integrated modeling for systematically examining the performance of the Kennedale constructed wetland for a clean Canadian water environment

Constructed wetland is a critical water infrastructure in major Canadian cities like the city of Edmonton, which treats wastewater including storm water by reducing the suspended solids and the related contaminants before entering into receiving waterbody. The design and evaluating the performance of a constructed wetland requires accurate prediction of flow fields and particle pollutants settling behaviours.

Development of cost-effective self-consolidating concrete containing silica breccia

The proposed project will focus on the development of low-cost, self-consolidating concrete (SCC) mixtures containing a high volume of silica breccia. The workability, fresh properties and local unit cost of SCC containing 0-70% silica breccia (as a partial replacement for cement) will be investigated and compared with the control mixture and with other SCC mixtures containing fly ash, slag and metakaolin. 

Product Modularity Enhancement and Engineering Analysis for CPP Dredges

Canada Pump and Power (CPP) Corporation has approached University of Alberta (UofA) to conduct a joint research program by leveraging MITACS Accelerate Internship Cluster Program on “product modularity enhancement and mechanical engineering analysis” for CPP’s existing dredges with its uniquely selected pumps for different user requirements. The methodology adopted includes parametric feature-based design and system simulation-based engineering analysis.