Effect of dam-rock interface irregularity of the seismic response of gravity dams

Dam failures may lead to catastrophic consequences, extending far beyond the immediate neighbourhood of the dam site due to sudden reservoir release or overtopping. The main objectives of this research project are: (i) to apply state-of-the-art simulation tools to investigate the seismic response of a real dam in Québec to formulate guidelines on the significance of including the effects of the irregularity of dam-rock interface and vertical component of earthquakes in the evaluation of the seismic response of dams.

Shot peening for fatigue life improvement and forming of aerospace structures

The principle objective of this collaborative project is to develop in collaboration with the industrial partners novel methodologies for characterizing the shot peening and peen forming processes. One part of the program is devoted to establish analytical and numerical models for the prediction of the shot peening and peen forming processes. Experimental campaigns are planned in order to qualify the effect of the shot peening parameters on the peening results as well as to validate the developed models.

Reduction-to-practice of embedded sensors and means of propagating analog signals over digital networks for aerospace

DreamWafer Prototyping WaferBoard™ is a “waffle iron” for prototyping electronic printed circuit board (PCB) systems. Simply place components (“dough”) in the WaferBoard™ and close the cover. "WaferBoard™ then senses the component contacts and recognizes the components and intelligently interconnects them (“cooks them”). The prototype (“waffle”) is now ready to be brought up and run. The WaferBoard™ will have saved the PCB development process weeks or months of time to market and tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars (or more).

Seismic design of eccentrically-braced frames with & without vertical ties for irregular buildings

The project aims at developing cost-effective steel seismic force resisting systems for multi-storey building structures that can achieved superior performance in terms of seismic stability and amplitude of damage. The system can be used for the construction of new structures or the seismic rehabilitation of existing structures. The system could also be implemented when adding storeys to existing buildings to increase the usable floor space. The internship will permit to develop and verify the applicability of the new systems to actual building constructions.

Extended product lifecycle management through social computing technologies

This study will present a method for improving informal information flow during product development process in aerospace industries using social computing tools. In actual engineering information exchange, the knowledge is transmitted informally around the coffee machine or through a formal document in the process. In contrast, the author presents a method for proactive participation of users during design activities. The framework, a perspective for integrating community of practices in product development enhances knowledge sharing and retention.

Canada is his oyster

In collaboration with fellow Mitacs Globalink student Nayantara Duttachoudhury, he has developed a system to visualize the evolution of a software program from its first inception to the latest edition. It’s something like being able to see —in a simple, compact way— the changes of internal computer code from the first-ever edition of “Multi-tool Word” in 1983 to the current Microsoft Word 2010. This type of information is useful to software engineers and designers as they continually advance software to be faster and more user-friendly for new computer operating systems.

Architecture exploration for high-integrated and low-cost avionic systems

Digital avionics systems of today are designed for the most part with embedded computers. These computers run safety-critical real-time applications such as flight management systems (FMS) and flight control systems (FCS). Even if avionics use conservative technologies, economic concerns are constantly pushing for changes. Space, weight, power and cooling (SWaP-C) considerations are gaining importance in the aviation industry. High fuel and maintenance costs encourage aircraft manufacturers to reduce the footprint of new models.

Research and implement a software module for real-time data acquisition, visualization and analysis

Develop a software module for real-time data acquisition, visualization and analysis of data extracted during real time 3D physical simulation allowing to perform regression testing comparison of different Vortex versions, to find differences in system parameterization of similar mechanical system or to compare results from other simulation platform like Matlab.

Connecting to Cascades

Each summer, Globalink students undertake a research project with a Canadian university which allows them to experience state-of-the-art research facilities, Canadian society and build friendships with local students.

Resilient software update

In a typical scenario, a large heterogeneous software system, installed on many different sites and composed of several interacting components, exchanging data with several different protocols, must be updated to correct some defects, add new functionalities, or replace some obsolete components without breaking the system and while keeping its dependability.

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