New Polymers for Use in Flame Retardant Paper and Flame Retardant/Decay Resistant Wood

The intern will apply the phosphorus polymer previously developed at UBC, as well as the H2O-soluble phosphorus polymers which will be prepared during the first two months of this internship, to the surface of paper and wood samples to study the fire retardancy of the paper samples and the fire and decay retardancy of the wood samples. The intern will react the H2O-soluble phosphorus polymers with pulp and wood samples in aqueous solutions and determine how much of the polymers are retained by the pulp and wood samples.

Building Information Model for the Automation of Residential Design and Construction

This research project will automate construction drawings for wood framing designs and apply them on site to residential facilities under construction by Landmark Master Builder. By utilizing 3D modelling, the intern will produce automatically-generated sets of construction drawings that can be easily read and understood by carpenters and framers who assemble wall panels, thus eliminating the drafting time involved in such operations. The intern will also provide an exact take-off list of materials required for construction and an optimization model.

Residential Construction Material Waste Minimization

The objective of this research is to develop a comprehensive material waste minimization program in order to enhance sustainable development and promote innovation in the residential construction field. The scope of the research will include the identification and detailed examination of the factors that contribute to residential construction material wastes, the investigation of opportunities for automation of existing methods and processes as alternatives to current practices and the implementation of best practice concepts to minimize construction waste in the industry.

Development of Statistical Models for Residential Property Assessment in Saskatoon

The Office of the City Assessor is required by the Cities Act to determine the fair value of land and improvements of single family dwellings by applying the residential sales comparison method. Thus, the intern will perform analysis to determine how major factors contribute to the values of properties using newly available data. Such analysis involves developing statistical models for major market areas in Saskatoon, preparing data for statistical analysis, estimation of models and evaluation the models’ performance based on statistical and economic plausibility.

Computation of Second-Order Wave Forces on Offshore Structures

The objective of the intern’s research is to develop a computer program based on a panel-free method to predict the second-order wave loads on floating offshore structures which are critical for coupled mooring analysis. Integration of the mooring analysis computer program with a second-order wave loading analysis tool will allow for the coupled mooring line and vessel dynamics computation. Validation studies will be carried out for various platforms.

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