Development of Additives in Pellet Form For Asphalt Mixes Containing Recycled Asphalt

In this project, asphalt mix additives in the form of pellets added directly in the mix during mixing will be developed. The pellets will include at least recycled asphalt shingles, but other additives like rejuvenators and warm mix additives will also be tested. Those additives should help to make asphalt mixes with better mechanical properties while using less virgin materials. The compactibility, the workability, the moisture resistance and properties like thermal cracking resistance, rutting resistance and modulus of those modified mixes will be tested.

Precast Concrete Carbonation under Ambient Conditions

This project seeks to explore the practical viability of curing concrete via carbonation at ambient pressure conditions, thereby omitting the technique’s current dependency on elevated pressures. A vacuum pre-setting step and regimented CO2 injections highlight the proposed technique. Experiments will initially be carried out at the laboratory scale at the university, and then scaled up to pilot trials to be conducted at the partner’s industrial site. Tests and analyses include compressive strength, absorption, porosity, surface resistivity, mineralogy, microscopy, and thermal analysis.

Development of design methodology for customizable add-on products

The RazerLift is a new product designed to provide superior access to vehicle roof-mounted cargo. RazerLift introduces the accessible roof carrier concept. This project is intended to conduct research on safety requirements for product development work to be done on the partner’s RazerLift product. The partner is interested in getting a reliable and safe product out in the market, and for that, a comprehensive study needs to be conducted through these internship units to ensure RazerLift’s functionality, safety and future market.

Characterization of the colloidal properties of concentrated casein micelles and improvement of the functionality of concentrated milk products using membrane filtration

The project aims at obtaining new ingredients from concentrated milk, and understanding how changes in their physical and chemical properties may affect their functionality. Membrane filtration processes are widespread in the dairy industry and they are all based on physical separation of the components because of their size. During these processes, the protein particles in milk become concentrated and the physical properties and composition of the concentrates will change. We are proposing to study how such systems may be stabilized and used as ingredients in the dairy industry.

Rail Bulb Replacement

The scope of this project is to develop a modern Railway signaling system using LED technology to replace the old system employing incandescent bulb. We propose a novel design and control to avoid using low-lifetime components as the existing commercial systems. The current and voltage monitoring functionalities are added to detect exactly which LED that fault occurs, it helps to maintain system and easily adjust light intensity efficiently.

Improving optics and illumination for smartphone-attached magnifier

The objective of this project is to design and build a new prototype device attachable to a smartphone camera employing a novel method of illumination to enable acquiring high quality images of the skin without surface contact. By replacing the precise optical and lighting components currently used in the company’s existing product MoleScope, this design will allow manufacturing a new device at considerably lower cost. The new device also requires a universal attachment system for several different smartphones, as the camera is located in different positions on every model.

Process and product development of NaquaPureTM, a sustainable novel nano technology for the removal of heavy metals in industrial wastewater

NB-BioMatrix Inc. (NBBM) has developed a magnetic chitosan nanoparticle product, Naqua PureTM for industrial heavy metal water remediation. Unlike current heavy metal removal technologies, Naqua PureTM is cheap, environmentally friendly, requires a low energy input, and is highly efficient.

Combined Physical Testing and Finite Element Modelling of Masonry Systems

Finite element modelling (FEM) can be used enhance the understanding of physical testing results and will be applied to two distinct structural problems. The first problem will involve compressive testing of concrete masonry units, and the second problem will involve the performance of adhered stone veneer under wind loading. Compressive testing has been conducted previously on standard compressive testing samples and numerical modelling will build on these results to evaluate and potentially modify current code factors to improve their accuracy.

Optical Tracking of Log Rotation with Bulk Motion and Skewing

This project will focus on using cameras to measure the rotation angle of a wood log in a sawmill production line. This work will involve updating a cart to move and rotate a wood log, setting up a camera to see the full path of the wood log, and writing a computer code to find a feature on the log face and track the feature as the log rotates. The set-up will be tested and validated at the partner’s pilot line. Once this project functions properly, it will be used as part of a larger project currently being carried out by the partner.

Low Pressure Cold Spray Technology-based Repair Process for Damaged Automotive Aluminum Alloys Panels

Al6022 alloy has excellent physical and mechanical properties suitable for a number of applications. In particular, its high strength/weight ratio makes it an ideal metal for automotive applications, where weight reduction is of significant concern. Unfortunately, this alloy, as many
other Al-based alloys are susceptible to denting. At present, the repair possibilities for damaged Al6022 automotive panels are very limited, while their exposure to denting is unavoidable.