Lateral resistance of Midply walls used as infills in Japanese Post and Beam Construction

Midply walls have higher lateral resistance than traditional light wood frame shear walls, by creating double shear in fasteners and having larger edge distance. There is also a potential to use Midply wall as infills in Japanese Post and Beam construction, in order to improve the seismic performance of the current system. Little research has been done in this area. The proposed project will investigate the effect of different fasteners, stud material, and sheathing thickness on the behavior of Midply walls.

Stability of Geobag Elements for Riverbank Protection

Riverbank erosion is a major threat to millions of Bangladeshi citizens who live in the vicinity of the country’s rivers, causing loss of life, land and livelihood. Sand-filled geotextile bags (geobags) are a solution to this problem and are widely used across Bangladesh to guide river flow and redirect channels in the wide braided rivers, preventing erosion and enabling land reclamation.

Injection molding with laser-micromachined molds to fabricate biomimetic flow enhancing polymer parts

With this collaborative project we plan to proof that non-stick, self-emptying containers can be produced through molding the polymer with a laser-micromachined steel mold. Imparting a Nature-inspired functional microstructure through laser-machining onto metals is a well understood method developed in Prof. Kietzig's lab. By using a laser-structured metal mold to form plastics, we will imprint the inverse pattern onto polymer surfaces through an industrial scale injection molding process.

Investigating Ni-doped TiO2 / graphene oxide composite coatings on various substrates

Environmental pollution is one of the greatest problems that the world is facing today. The conventional detergent and surfactant water based methods are costly, not eco- friendly. Applying photocatalytic coatings that utilize solar energy on the exterior and interior surfaces of buildings is a promising method to tackle air pollution and clean the surfaces with lower cost. Upon sun light and ambient light, after a few chemical reaction, TiO2 nano-particles as a photocatalyst generate reactive agent, which can oxidize organic substances.

Phased array inspection of large size forged steel blocks

The objective of this project is to integrate ultrasonic imaging into nondestructive inspection process performed in industrial settings on large size steel blocks. Indeed, Fink Steel is specialised in manufacturing large size forged steel and need to warrant the quality of each part before shipping using ultrasounds. This imaging method based on the same principle as echography is commonly used for numerous industrial applications. However, the large dimensions involved in this project require new transducer design.

Development Of Dry Electrodes Using PDMS and Ag nanowire

Flexible wearable sensors have found increasing application in many situations, especially in biomedical engineering and health care. Recent research has presented methods for fabricating flexible, stretchable, and conductive sensors using silver nanowires embedded in a flexible silicon elastomer (typically polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)) as dry electrodes for ECG (electrocardiograph).
In this project, we will investigate how the fabrication parameters affect the properties and desired sensing performance of formed PDMS and nanowire electrodes, as wearable sensors.

Development of a new SEN-Flow Index for predicting steel meniscus velocity inside a continuous caster mold by physical modeling experiments

Flat product manufacturers are under constant pressure to increase productivity, and simultaneously maintain high quality of continuously cast steel slabs because of stringent quality demands imposed by their customers. However, increasing productivity has detrimental effects on slab quality, and defects and rejections have a major impact on the producers bottom-line. Controlling fluid flows in continuous casting molds is one of the key parameters to ensure cleaner steel and reduce defects.

Numerical modelling of continuous centrifugal castingof aluminium tubes

Continuous centrifugal casting (CCC) is a new process to produce aluminium tubes with many advantages over classical extrusion: reduced amount of scrap and energy consumption, low transformation costs, more flexibility to produce tubes of different sizes. In CCC, a constant flow of molten aluminum feeds a rotary mold which solidifies the metal into a tube shape while a mechanism extracts the new cast tube in rotation. However technical challenges need still to be overcome to make CCC more reliable.

A green technology project: Development and production of eco-responsible, innovative biodegradable, recyclable and compostable food packaging materials based on natural fibers

Technological challenges in the pulping process of cellulosic fibers of different origins that can provide an optimal eco-responsible, biodegradable, recyclable and compostable alternative to polluting styrofoam packaging. AecopaQ stands out by using natural fibers grown and processed locally to the production of packaging trays for the food industry. AecopaQ is part of Canada's sustainable development agenda.

Scale-up Synthesis of New-Generation Chiral Cyclobutane-based Bisphosphane Ligands

This research project deals with the development of the next generation of a set of chemicals on an industrial scale that form a catalyst in conjunction with a metal. The new catalysts are intended to be employed by Digital Specialty Chemicals’ customer in the manufacture of plasticizers, paints, and detergents. The intern will focus on the optimized chemical synthesis of critical components toward the final products, as well as the identification of commercially more viable options in terms of solvents used for the process.

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