Water-based binders for the 3D printing and sintering of metals

Rapidia has developed a water-based approach to metal 3D printing that is faster, simpler, and more cost effective than the current systems on the market. This novel approach enables printed parts to be sintered directly, eliminating the time- and chemically- intensive intermediate de-binding step required for other processes. In order to implement this technique, the formulation of the initial paste used for printing is an essential component to optimize.

Morphological investigation of adhesive blends and its effect on multilayer coating performance

In the pipeline industry, the heat shrink sleeves (HSS) are the protective layer usually composed of two layers, namely, an adhesive layer and a crosslinked backing layer such as polypropylene (PP) or polyethylene (PE). In order to maintain the desired properties of HSS, each of the layers must maintain their properties during processing, storage, and installation. In partnership with Canusa-CPS, the proposed research aims at addressing the relationships between the morphological structure and interfacial strength of the adhesive layers with their performance.

Over-The-Air (OTA) Testing System For 5G Wireless Devices

Over the air (OTA) test is the standard procedure for wireless devices to verify the transceiver and antennas performance together in specified conditions. Any wireless device such as tablets, phones and laptop must go under OTA testing. Furthermore, regulatory organizations require OTA testing before the wireless device being certified.
Due to the time-consuming procedure of OTA testing, currently manufacturers and vendors limit themselves to a small sample of devices for testing.

Development of a UV-LED disinfection system for ice-machines.

Contamination by microorganisms is a well-known problem for commercial ice machines. Frequent applications of sterilizing chemicals are necessary to keep the ice machines sanitary, a costly and time-consuming process. The sources of this contamination are microorganisms associated with the water used as the source for ice production, the incoming air to the ice machine, and the interior surfaces of the ice machine. Disinfection of contamination sources using ultraviolet (UV) radiation inactivates microbes prior to their establishment inside the ice machine.

Optimizing the placement of Med-El’s BoneBridge implant: image-guided positioning and biomechanical efficiency - Year two

Med-El’s BoneBridge implant provides the sensation of sound to hearing-impaired persons. The device’s transducer is surgically implanted in the skull. Key surgical problems are to find a location on the individual patient’s skull that is thick enough to house the transducer and to place and configure the transducer to maximize sound energy transfer to the cochlea, the organ of hearing. This project will (1) develop software for patient-specific, image-based BoneBridge placement planning and (2) investigate how BoneBridge placement and configuration affect energy transfer.

Pneumatic Based Clean Powering Options for Buses

This project aims to develop a pneumatic (compressed air) powertrain to be used in a 40-feet bus for municipal transit and school buses. Since the transportation sector is one of the prior contributors of Canada?s GHG emissions ( 24%), any alternative solutions to conventional vehicles carries significant importance to reach the GHG target that Canada promised under Paris agreement. Due to the nature-friendly characteristic of the developed system, it may contribute to achieving the GHG emissions target.

Cognitive and Physical Demands of Using Ergonomic Spinner Knobs

Howell ventures, located in Fredericton, is a leading company in North America for designing and producing driving aids. Driving aids, such as “remote spinner knobs” enable individuals who have physical limitations (due to structural, traumatic, or pathological reasons) who want to maintain their independence by driving their vehicles. The purpose of the study is to identify a remote spinner knob design that reduces cognitive and physical demands while driving.

Characterization of Natural Organic Matter from Various Sources

BioLiNE Corporation is a technology innovator, focused on providing advanced, science-based solutions for sustainable crop production. BioLiNE® products have consistently demonstrated superior results helping farmers grow healthier crops with higher yield and exceptional quality. One of the active ingredients in some of our products is fulvic acid, an extremely complex organic acid produced in nature through the process of humification.

Sulphur dioxide sensor for wine quality control

BarrelWise is focusing on the barrel wine aging process which is labor intensive and is logistically challenging for large wineries with thousands of barrels. Due to wine evaporation through the permeable oak barrels, the aging wine needs to be topped to displace ullage and sulphated to protect the wine from oxidation and microbial spoilage. In addition, sulphur levels in the barrels have to be tracked to ensure sufficient protection to the wine, and guarantee that legislated sulphur levels are not surpassed.

Fatigue characterization of cane and synthetic reeds for alto saxophone

Reeds for woodwind instruments are known to be extremely variable and change significantly with time. This makes it difficult for musicians to find and maintain a reed that performs at a level suitable for their personal preference. In this project, the magnitude of these changing properties will be characterized in both natural cane reeds and synthetic alternatives, thus examining the cost-benefit of supposedly more durable synthetic reeds.