Numerical Simulation of Turbulence and In-Situ Tidal Turbine Performance in Minas Passage

Turbulence is a significant issue at every site being considered for instream tidal energy development. This turbulent flow creates fluctuating forces on tidal turbine blades and support structures, reducing turbine performance and shortening turbine lifespan. Thus, improving and validating numerical models of turbulence and turbine operation in turbulent flow is necessary to better predict device operation and, thus, develop efficient and financially viable tidal energy projects.

Smart Meter IOT: Security vs Privacy in a Heterogeneous IOT environment

Internet of Things (IOT) enabled communication devices have become a ubiquitous commodity in the smart metering solutions world for the purposes of “getting the data off the meter". Many of these devices have little to no measurable security, aside from the infamous “security through obscurity” which we can no longer rely on, as the average individual has access to off-the-shelf “discovery” tools to infiltrate any such device within physical distance.

Development of improved power quality detection methods suitable for modern applications

Discontinuities of service, variations in voltage magnitude, and distortions in AC voltage waveforms constitute the different aspects poor power quality. A poor quality of power supply can cause malfunction of sensitive equipment and interrupt industrial processes, resulting in significant economic losses. Utilities and consumers are taking actions to maintain the power quality set by the standards. Monitoring of power quality at all levels in the power system is necessary to ensure adherence to standards, but specialized power quality monitoring equipment are expensive.

Characterization of a novel 3D-FML for submerged turbine application

The proposed research aims at increasing the efficacy of tidal turbines by incorporating light-weight and resilient blades into a currently used turbine. For that, a recently developed 3D fiber-metal-laminate (3D-FML) material at Dalhousie University will be used. In comparison to metals that are presently used to form blades, or potentially fiber-reinforced composites, the 3D-FML would facilitate lighter weight and greater specific strength and stiffness, in a cost-effective manner.

Investigation into the Radiation Damage Effect on Failure Mechanism of CANDU Spacer Material X-750 Ni-based Su

This study focus on the understanding of radiation-induced embrittlement in CANDU reactor spacer material, Inconel X-750. The helium pre-implantation following by proton irradiation will be employed as a surrogate for neutron irradiation to simulate the radiation damage on the microstructure of Inconel X-750. Micro-tensile test on irradiation X-750 material will be carried out to evaluate the mechanical properties and furthermore explore the failure or fracture mechanism.

Gelatin modified separator for dendrite free metal anode

In commercial batteries, metal anode-based batteries, mainly using zinc or lithium as the anode, provide higher battery capacity than traditional metal ion batteries. Lithium metal anodes have a theoretical specific capacity 10 times higher than commercial lithium ion batteries with graphite as the anode. Zinc anodes are excellent anodes for use in aqueous batteries, because they offer the highest energy density of all aqueous battery systems and low cost.

Advanced Co-simulation Algorithms for EMT Simulation of Power System Transients

Modern electric power systems are complicated, large-scale dynamical systems that need specialized tools and techniques for their computer modeling and simulation. This is due to the unprecedented penetration of renewable energy sources and use of high-frequency power electronic converters. This proposal aims to develop algorithms and methods for co-simulation of modern power systems using dynamic phasor and electromagnetic transient (EMT) type simulators.

Experimental investigation of a new ammonia synthesizer for practical application

In order to move towards a sustainable future, it is essential to develop environmentally friendly fuels for energy production. Hydrogen and ammonia are promising candidates for clean fuels as they do not harm the environment when utilized as fuels. Ammonia is one of the leading chemicals produced throughout the world. However, the hydrogen gas required in ammonia synthesis is produced from carbon entailing natural gas that results in various environmental detriments.

Electrical Material Characterization Studies on Power Cable Dielectric Materials subjected to Thermal Aging

Electric power is almost entirely transmitted through polymer insulated cables or wires in every home, factory, plant or apparatus. If the temperature of a cable increases, it would be an indication that some accidents or malfunctions such as inflow of excess electric current occur in the cable. The generated heat, indeed, degrades the polymer insulations in cable, thus, making it unsuitable and unsafe for extra service. Therefore, it would be markedly valuable if the thermally-degraded portion in a cable can be located precisely without destroying the cable.

A Framework for MBFC Big Data System

The Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell Division (MBFC) in Burnaby, Canada develops and runs the manufacturing processes required for the assembly of Fuel Cell Stacks prototypes. MBFC uses the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) to collect and analyse data from the manufacturing lines to the database system. However, because the size of the collected data is very large, MBFC is not able to detect certain fuel cell defects in a timely manner and sometimes not at all.