Modeling and experimental studies on a pneumatic propulsion system for vehicular applications

This project aims to develop and analyze a radial pneumatic propulsive system for vehicular applications in a different size ranging from city-driving short-range vehicles to 40-foot municipal transit and school buses. It is intended to bring the potential investors to Canada out of this project to collaborate with regarding academic and partner organizations.

Reliability Analysis of Gallium Nitride (GaN) Devices Using Data Analysis Methods

Gallium nitride (GaN) high-electron-mobility transistors (HEMTs) are good candidates to replace the traditional silicon-based transistors. Although these devices show superior performances compared to Si and SiC-based devices, they suffer from some reliability issues. The aim of this research project is to improve the performance of the GaN HEMTs and enhance their reliability by performing a data analysis technique. This analysis would result in better understanding of GaN HEMTs’ characteristics.

Prevalence of moderate-to-severe Osteoarthritis pain of the hip and knee by Index Joints in Canadian Primary Care: A proof of concept study from the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common disease in middle-aged and older Canadians attending primary care practitioners. As the Canadian population ages and with increasing obesity, OA will become an increasing burden for individuals and the health care system. Given the potential of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) data for surveillance of the population that is at high risk of or is diagnosed with OA, we will apply text mining method to investigate this problem further.

DEVELOPMENT OF A NON-INTRUSIVE FOULING INDICATOR FOR A BRAZED PLATE HEAT EXCHANGER SYSTEM

Heat exchangers, used in building heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to transfer heat from hot to cold fluids, are designed to operate under ideal conditions. However, in practice operating conditions may vary with ambient temperature or humidity. HVAC system efficiency can be improved significantly if fluid flow rates are adjusted in response to such changes. Armstrong Fluid Technology is a Canadian firm that has developed control systems to adjust the flow through building heat exchangers to maximize their efficiency.

Development of AI-enabled Intelligent NDT Platform

Nondestructive evaluation (NDE) is frequently performed for various manufacturing sectors, but its current practices require human operators to be involved in all aspects of the data collection, transfer and analysis. With the advent of Industry 4.0, NDE technology needs to be upgraded to “NDE 4.0” comprising essential aspects such as automatic and autonomous NDE, interconnectivity for data communication, and real-time data analytics using AI, which cannot be achieved with current technology.

Nano-Structured Adsorbents for Water Remediation systems: Removal and Biodegradation of Contaminants

According to world health organization (WHO) 80% of the diseases are water borne! Providing clean and affordable water then is one of the modern-times hurdles. Finding new remedies could mean saving thousands of lives. Therefore, my research expertise lies in the area of creating new strategies to remove hazardous contaminants saying heavy oil, hydrocarbons, heavy metal and pharmaceutical discharges from water. Through my research, I apply facile eco-friendly strategies for preparing advanced nano-based materials.

Development of Nanostructures Embedded Early-Warning Electronic Sensing Device for Roadside Ultra Low Level Detection of Cannabis, cocaine, opiates, and Alcohol in Saliva

Drug-impaired driving represents a significant and increasing threat to the safety of Canadians and there is an urgent need for a convenient, instantaneous and accurate road-side evaluation technology for impaired driving. Current solution for roadside drug testing includes a device that is still just a qualitative indicator. Quantitative detection of drugs currently require expensive equipment, dedicated infrastructure and specialized laboratory personnel. To address this problem, eye3concepts inc.

Low-Cost Sensor System for Remote COVID-19 Patient Monitoring

The rapidly increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients and long hospitalization periods place great strain on the current healthcare system in Canada. While some patients need hospitalization, most do not. To monitor those at home, accurate data is vital. There are several reasons that prevent continuous monitoring of the five physiological parameters (e.g., skin temperature, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate); most involve cost.

Development of improved EIS circuitry for PEM fuel cell module diagnostics systems and incorporation of on-board EIS in fuel cell dc/dc converters

This proposed Mitacs project will investigate and further develop EIS (Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy), or AC-impedance-based measurement hardware used for diagnosing faults in PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) fuel cell systems (FCS), and incorporating the on-board EIS function in the fuel cell dc/dc converters used to transfer power from the fuel cell to the vehicle traction drive.

A lab-on-chip fish welfare sensor for application in aquaculture

We propose using the Cortisol hormone, secreted from the fishes during stressful events, to provide ongoing monitoring of fish welfare while in their habitats. Instrumented aquaculture pens will allow operators to continuously be aware of threats to fish health, including harmful blooms, predators, and/or poachers. As Canadian aquaculture capital investments are remote and offshore, a low-cost and low-maintenance Cortisol sensor would be ideal for these sites.

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