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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meeting the growing energy demands in a sustainable fashion is one of the greatest challenges of this century. This projects aims to evaluate a promising renewable energy source: concentrated photovoltaics (CPV). The configuration developed by our partner promises to offer utility-scale solar power at competitive prices, making it a viable alternative. It is based on large steel and glass structures that focus the incident light to reach over 1000x concentration onto a large array of high performance triple junction photovoltaic cells.
The project is focusing on developing a silica breccias product having a superior reactivity that allows this product to be used widely as an alternative supplementary cementing material in cement mixtures. The new developed silica breccias product will be tested for effectiveness as a supplementary cementing material based on the Canadian Standard Association (CSA) test methods prior to acceptance. Tests on other common supplementary cementing material such as fly, ash, silica fume, and metakaolin will also be conducted on counterpart specimens for comparison.
The project is focusing on developing a silica breccia product having a superior reactivity that allows this product to be used widely as an alternative supplementary cementing material in cement mixtures. The new developed silica breccia product will be tested for effectiveness as a supplementary cementing material based on the Canadian Standard Association (CSA) test methods prior to acceptance. Tests on other common supplementary cementing material such as fly ash, silica fume, and metakaolin will also be conducted on counterpart specimens for comparison.