Developing a cold weather admixture system for low temperature masonry construction

Low temperatures in cold seasons generate diverse challenges for the construction industry in many northern countries. Construction based on cementitious material suffer from the low hydration rate at low temperatures and the possible damage caused by water to ice transition at below freezing temperatures. The common solution for this problem is to heat and protect the raw and finished material until it reaches an acceptable strength.

Creation of Industrial Engineering strategies for Intelligent Manufacturing Cells

The goal of the project will be to further refine and enhance P&WC's (Pratt & Whitney Canada) near and long term Industrial Engineering strategies with respect to development and deployment of Intelligent Manufacturing Cells. Firstly, an understanding of current P&WC Intelligent Manufacturing Cell Projects in parallel with surveying leading Industrial Engineering (IE) research and application development for integration of similar cells within best-in-class mechanical manufacturing industries will be developed.

Development of sustainable coating to prevent concrete corrosion

In North America, more than 75 percent of the population is served by wastewater collection systems and treatment plants for which concrete is a key construction material. Unfortunately, thousands km of lines must be removed each year for replacement suffering from corrosion which caused by prolonged exposure of concrete surface to highly aggressive environments.

Abrasive Waterjet Polishing of Large Hydraulic Turbine Blades Year Two

The objective of this project is to improve the quality of the hard-to-reach areas of the hydraulic turbine blades using abrasive waterjet polishing method. By this way, the energy lost caused by parietal friction between the turbine blades and the flow will be decreased and consequently the efficiency of the turbine will be improved. Previously, the polishing process of some parts of the turbines was performed manually which caused uneven finished surface and poor quality in some areas. With this method, through a uniform polishing strategy, the desired surface quality can be achieved.

Feature-based 3D Robot Motion Programming

Path programming for various robot applications in the industry involves precise specification of data for coordinated control of the different moving parts, arms, limbs, joints, etc. in order to optimally perform application specific tasks. Robotmaster™ software from Jabez Technologies is used to plan and simulate robotic operations and generate robot code for industrial applications. Robotmaster recently won the Robotics Game Changer Award for enhancing the way in which robots are programmed, facilitating their adoption in new and technologically emerging applications.

Dynamic Bracing for Pectus Carinatum: A Quantitative Analysis

The most common solution to pectus carinatum is surgical. As braces begin to be developed that have been seen to reshape the chest successfully it becomes important to understand the effectiveness and optimal design thereof. Braceworks, has managed to create a low profile prototype brace which contains a protocol on how long to wear the device. However, only qualitative data has been collected and very little quantitative. Therefore, the project seeks to gain more information on what this protoype does to the chest wall as a whole, and how much force it applies to the chest.

Aerodynamic Noise of High-Lift Devices Year Two

The proposed project studies the noise sources of airplane high-lift devices (HLD) that are responsible for most of the aircraft noise at approach. The latter in turn creates noise nuisances that create health issues to populations close to large urban airports. Two approaches are followed. A state-of-the art simulation that predicts most of the turbulent structures that generate the HLD noise will be performed and will serve as a reference to the development of analytical models of the HLD noise that will be integrated in a  unique software by the partner.

Mechanical design and improvement of modular Stable Vertical Lift Platform (SVLP)

Portable lifting systems and platforms are used extensively in music and movie industries for elevating both equipment and personal. An ideal system for these industries is a portable stable platform that can be transported to the desired site and reconfigured (or moved) to the necessary height with ease. The market currently lacks such highly portable stable lifting system. A modular stable vertical lift platform (SVLP) has been conceptualized in order to overcome the mentioned issues in current lifting systems.

Development of an Accurate Method for Predicting Heat Transfer in Screw Conveyors

The aim of this project is to develop an accurate numerical method of predicting the performance of screw conveyors in which there is heat transfer to or from the material being transported. A detailed review of past studies in this area will be undertaken and based on this and on an understanding of the characteristics of the software that will be used a solution procedure will be selected. This procedure will be implemented using the commercial software package FLUENT©.

Influence of cryogenic treatment of microstructure evolution and mechanical properties enhancement of high strength AISI D2 tool steel

Cryogenic treatment will be considered as a promising process to attain better mechanical properties and higher wear resistance. Previous researches have shown very bright perspectives in achieving significant improvement in mechanical properties and wear resistance of tool steels However, a cohesive picture about what exactly modifies microstructure at cryogenic temperature does not exist. In addition, the influences of cryogenic process parameters on mechanical properties are not documented.