Design, Analysis and Optimization of an Aircraft Seat

Business aircraft seats are typically designed to provide maximum comfort to the occupant, while adhering to strict certification requirements. This tends to result in the designed seat becoming heavy and costly due to conservative tradeoff analysis, and a dependence upon legacy design techniques. With the advent of more powerful computer aided design techniques – it is possible to design a seat that meets both the comfort requirements of the occupant, and strict regulatory requirements.

Mathematical Modelling of Carbon Dioxide Removal Using Micron-sized Water Droplets in C-3 Module Process

Emission of CO2 from industrial processes contributes to global warming. Numerous technologies have been proposed to reduce the amount of CO2 released to the environment. The C-3 process, in which ~50% of CO2 in flue gas can be captured using small water droplets, shows great promise for low-cost removal of CO2. Enviro Innovate, the owner of C-3 process technology, wants to better understand CO2 capture mechanisms and the influence of operating conditions (e.g., temperature, water droplet size and velocity) on the effectiveness of CO2 removal.

Probiotics Alleviating Depressive Symptoms (PADS)

Recent evidence shows there is extensive and direct communication between the brain and gastrointestinal tract, where nutrients are absorbed, and that intestinal microbiota have a role in healthy brain function. This study aims to look at the effects of probiotics, live bacteria that inhabit the gut and can help improve your health, on the mood, cognition, and sleep of depressed patients.

Environmental Monitoring Protocols for Phosphorus Monitoring in the Georgian Bay Biosphere Re

The research project as suggested by Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO designated site) is to assess their current Nutrient Monitoring Protocols, with specific emphasis on Phosphorus Monitoring. Phosphorus plays a crucial role in water quality and ecosystem function, and therefore requires further research into methods of environmental monitoring. The aim is to identify what additional water quality tests would need to be included in protocols to most effectively determine stressors and/or indicators related to elevated total phosphorus concentrations.

Geological controls on strainburst risk in deep mining drifts

A strainburst is a sudden violent failure of rock triggered around a tunnel boundary. They are often unpredictable and pose an extreme risk to workers in deep underground mines and tunnels. The goal of this project is to investigate the fundamental mechanisms by which these failures can occur. This knowledge will be used to better identify high risk environments and to design risk mitigation strategies that target site specific failure mechanisms.

Developing Vitamin D Therapies to Block Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease is a growing problem in Canada and worldwide and is associated with obesity, diabetes and vascular disease. Current therapies only treat symptoms of CKD and have no impact on inflammatory and fibrotic process that underlie the progression of the disease toward hemodialysis, kidney transplantation, or death.

KINARM Standard Tests’ Task Scores: towards a validated and effective tool for communicating to clinical communities KINARM measures of brain function

KINARM Labs™ provide robust and objective measures of brain function and dysfunction by the precise measurement of human behavior with robotics. Created by neuroscientists, KINARM Labs allow clinician-scientists to detect and quantify the sensory, motor and cognitive impact of a diverse range neurological impairments caused by stroke, cardiac arrest, TIA, mTBI, concussion, MS or Parkinson’s - all in a short

Integration of GNSS Precise Point Positioning and Inertial Sensing Technologies for Lane-Level Car Navigation

Present car navigation systems provide drivers with route guidance information relying mostly on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). There is a growing demand at the present time to achieve decimeter-level accuracy for the purpose of accurate lane-level car navigation. This research aims at the development of reliable, accurate and continuous lane-level car navigation integrating the emerging GNSS precise point positioning (PPP) technology with motion sensors in land vehicles.

Nanostructured Nickel Materials for Clean and Renewable Energy

With the rising concern regarding environmental pollution and greenhouse gases, the demand for clean and renewable energy sources has never been greater. Recent developments in fuel cell technology have been promising; however, these fuel cells may be unsuited for mass production due to the prohibitive cost of the platinum-group metal nanoparticles which are required as electrocatalysts. Thus, there is a pressing need for improvements to fuel cell technology such that they require much less platinum metal.

Allergy research that’s nothing to sneeze at

This summer, Alexia’s working on a research project with Dr. Anne Ellis at Queen’s University’s Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences. Dr. Ellis’s research explores allergies and their impact on the Canadian population. Alexia’s project will help determine whether links exist between local pollen counts, a mother’s allergies (or lack of them), and biomarkers of children’s potential allergies in umbilical cord blood. From there, researchers will better understand the impact of pollen on children’s health outcomes and whether pollen-related allergies can be prevented.  

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