Modelling and Imaging of Fluids in Fractures

Hydraulic fracturing is a process where fluids are injected in high pressure into wells and fracture the rocks. This process is the driver for shale gas extraction and therefore its efficiency plays a major role for unconventional oil recovery. One of the key questions in such a process is the extent that the pressurized fluids penetrate the reservoir. The goal of this research is to investigate the use of electromagnetic methods for the imaging, identification and control of this process.

Modeling and experimental testing of the impedance of oil sands tailings during electrokinetic separation

Tailings produced by oil sands mining operations are a long-term liability. Separation of water from fine solids is a critical operational and environmental challenge for tailings management and reclamation. Current methods have ongoing challenges to meet geotechnical performance criteria, and require expensive processes and movement of very large amounts of fluids and solids. Electrokinetic Solutions (EKS) has developed a process for electrical stimulation of oil sands tailings that dewaters and strengthens the resulting soil with simple electrodes and no moving parts.

Marine Icing Models and Sensors for Arctic Exploration Vessels

Marine icing problems pose significant risk to both marine vessel stability and human safety during harsh weather operations. The project will address a need for better physical understanding of marine icing phenomena and the development of appropriate sensors for detecting marine icing conditions. Current technologies have proven inadequate for marine conditions due to the complex nature of marine structures and the conditions leading to icing, as many are developed for fresh water environments or atmospheric icing conditions for aeronautical and/or land based structures.

Maximizing Efficiencies - Identification of Optimization Based Best Practices for Commercial 3d-printing

There is growing pressure from intergovernmental organizations, governments and consumers to reduce the quantity of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. Investments in green technology such as renewable energy sources, battery technology and carbon capture and sequestration can often yield significant reductions in carbon emissions. However, the corresponding economic costs of these projects can regularly result in a balancing act between environmental benefit and affordable energy consumption. Smart Energy Network, SEN, systems could provide a solution to this dilemma.

Green Marine Engine Exhaust Membrane Scrubber Technology for Removal of CAC and GHGs

Ionada has developed a patented marine exhaust gas cleaning system utilizing the latest in membrane technologies to provide the marine industry with a simple solution to save money and satisfy new International Marine Organizations (IMO) emission requirements. The intern will implement (install/retrofit/integrate) Ionada’s product onto existing ships with the aim of improving and optimizing the ship’s exhaust system.

Effectively Communicating Triple Bottom Line: Investor Appetite for CSR at TransCanada

Triple bottom line is the nexus between the environmental, societal and financial performance of an organization. The corporate social responsibility (CSR) department of TransCanada is responsible for strategy & communication of information related to the environmental and social performance of the firm. This information is intended for use by a wide variety of stakeholders, including shareholders and potential investors, who are interested in understanding the context of non-financial performance in driving corporate profits.

Facies control on fracture characteristics in the Cardium

Hydrocarbon production from the Cardium Formation of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin peaked in the 1970’s. However, in recent years multistage hydrological fractured horizontal wells have unlocked large volumes of oil from low porosity permeability thin-bedded sandstones, laminated shales, and the bioturbated muddy sandstones. However, the geometry of the induced fractures is poorly understood. The proposed internship research project will analyze and compile a database of hydraulic completion data for different sedimentary facies using internal Penn West data.

Scalable Training of Classification Systems Using Heterogeneous Input Data

Effective monitoring is an important component in safety and security related applications. Equipment failure, trespassing, theft and vandalism are all regular occurrences that the companies must deal with. These kinds of problems emphasize the importance of designing a state-of-the-art system for monitoring. In this project a system will be devised and trained to detect different moving-objects (pedestrians at the first step) and classify them into different groups. The system will be trained steadily by adding missing targets to the initial database.

Investigation of sulphur compound behaviour on surface operations on offshore platforms

The process of an oil and gas reservoir being “soured” by hydrogen sulphide is complex due to the many operations (e.g. changing production methods and waterflooding). The phenomena of souring occurs in most reservoirs were secondary or enhanced oil/gas recovery takes place. Hydrogen sulphide casues a number of operational and safety problems such as scaling, air quality issues, and corrosion. Due to the reactivity of sulphur, the process that produces the hydrogen sulphide and related sulphur compunds is a complex chemical and biological process.

Energy Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis for selected industrial and commercial Enbridge Gas Distribution (EGD) Customers

The objective of this proposal is to do energy assessment and cost-benefits analyses among selected industrial and commercial Enbridge Gas Distribution (EGD) customers, engaging Ryerson faculty and students. EGD operates defamed side management (DSM) programs to encourage its industrial customers to adopt energy saving equipment and strategies to reduce the natural gas consumption. As a part of DSM program, EGD is partnering with Ryerson University to undertake the energy assessments for small and medium size industrial customers.