Development of Framework to Assess Fire Risk

The intern will assist in developing a component of a probability and statistical risk based methodology for completing quantitative risk assessments of building designs and a corresponding probabilistic failure based methodology on fire causation and spread. Data collected by Sereca Fire will be applied to construct more specific models, which can predict the frequency of occurrence of fire given the type of occupancy and construction. The second part of the project includes data collection and cleaning.

Development of an Ultra High-performance Concrete

The overall objective of the proposed project is to develop an innovative ultra-high performanceconcrete (UHPC) material that would provide a unique combination of ductility, strength, durability, and aesthetic flexibility at a competitive cost using local materials. Besides their very high strength, theUHPC materials are known to be air and water-tight, thereby resulting in reduced environmental impactand reduced maintenance, often leading to the complete elimination of other protection technologies such as waterproofing membranes.

Fibre Optic Sensor for the Detection of Hidden, Indoor Mould

This project is in partnership with AllerGen. Indoor moulds are recognized as important contributors to respiratory illnesses such as allergy and asthma. However, the detection of mould in houses may be problematic, particularly when mould is concealed within wall cavities. Despite that these sources of mould are hidden, they still contribute spores into the room air, presenting a recognized health threat.

Structural health monitoring of offshore structures using Fiber Bragg gratings

Over the last few years, optical fiber sensors have seen an increased acceptance as well as a widespread use for structural sensing and monitoring in civil engineering. FBG sensors have all the advantages attributed to the optical fibers. In addition, they can be easily multiplexed in a serial fashion along a single fiber. The experimental program includes testing of three two-way reinforced concrete slabs. One normal strength concrete slab (NS) and two high strength concrete slabs (HS) will be selected for the experimental investigation.

Ice-induced vibrations on offshore structures

A state of the art literature review on the subject of ice-induced vibrations on offshore structures will be delivered along with analytical models to test these theories. Ultimately a modified dynamics model will be developed incorporating the latest methodologies on ice-induced vibration. This work will support upcoming tests at C-CORE where the nature of ice-induced vibrations will be explored at in the laboratory.

Comparing Carbon Emissions from Constructing a Steel and Concrete Frame Building

Developing a thorough comprehensive understanding of the full environmental impacts inherent from the construction industry is a current challenge in order to facilitate the decision making during the design proces to achieve sustainability. An efficient method to analyze such impacts is Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), which evaluates the impacts such as global warming emissions, air pollution, waste, resource use, and water impacts cumulatively through each stage of a product or process life span, from the raw material extraction, to its use and final disposal.

Masonry Wall Systems: The Strategic Placement of the Masonry Product and Design Decisions for Wall Systems in an Industry Evolving Towards Sustainability and Environmental Concern

This internship project will research how trends of environmental sustainability within the commercial construction industry may affect design decisions for building envelopes. To remain competitive in the global marketplace, commercial construction players are increasingly challenged to adapt their businesses within an industry evolving with new standards and regulation. The Saskatchewan Masonry Institute (SMI) has identified the need to determine the role of masonry products within these evolving trends.

Experimental and Computational Characterization of long-term (creep) performance of Fiber-reinforced composite/wood

Tenlam, an innovative prestressed aramid/wood composite system for reinforcing glulaminated beams, is a patented system. The system will be used as an integral system for reinforcing glulaminated beams, thus producing a cost-effective, lightweight and astatically pleasing building system. The system will also expand the use of wood in applications where otherwise wood cannot be considered. This is because of wood's relatively low stiffness (compared to steel or concrete), and despite of its all other positive attributes.

Heritage Architecture and Digital Archives

The intern will work coilaboratively with the Canadian Heritage Information Network to develop a knowledge based digital archive for heritage conservation generally and, more specifically, for materials applications and methods of construction related to heritage buildings. The archive, entitled Heritage Architecture and Digital Archives (HADA) will not only address technological challenges, but also effectively contextualize the complex and diverse forms of information that distinguish this field of study.

Characterization and Treatment of Water from Decorative Water Features and Other Building Water Sources

Decorative water fountains have been widely used the inside/or outside of large buildings, squares, amusement parks, shopping malls and other architectural settings. Concerns have been raised recently about potential negative impact associated with the transmission of waterbourne infection. As well, the green building movement, particulary LEEDS criteria proposed by US green Building Council demands the efficient use of water on all sites and reuse of non]potable water sources.