The Black Experience Project (BEP) in the Greater Toronto Area

This project provides the groundwork and covers the critical first steps of a multi-year research study that examines the lived experience of Black Canadians in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The purpose of this larger study is to better understand the nature of the challenges facing the Black community, through exploring the lived experiences of individuals within this community (focusing on values, identity, aspirations and experiences), and the factors leading to success or failure.

Freedom to flourish

Currently in his fourth year of study, Cheng comes from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, which is based in Chengdu, the hometown of China’s national symbol: the giant panda.  A Globalink internship at Ryerson University in Toronto, Cheng felt, was an excellent way to expand his horizons while gaining practical, engineering experience in another country.

Combined Building Integrated PV/Thermal (BIPV/T) collector for net-zero energy building applications

Incorporating the Two-stage Variable Capacity Air Source Heat Pump (TS-VC-ASHP) into Building Integrated Photovoltaic/Thermal (BIPV/T) system has the potential to reduce building heating and cooling costs and dependence on non-renewable heating fuels. ASHPs could boost the quality and quantity of heat output of a BIPV/T system by delivering a seasonal Coefficient of Performance (COP) of between 2.0 and 4.0, which means 2-4 times more energy output than the amount of energy (electricity) consumed.

Development of model for high temperature composite materials used in aerospace

The use of composite materials for high temperature aerospace applications requires new studies in order to better understand the behaviour of these novel materials, and to generate appropriate design tools. The main goals of this project are to develop a set of numerical tools that will be used to predict the fatigue behaviour of advanced high temperature composite materials. The first step will be to complete the development of the tools. Then, the tools will be implemented into existing software currently used by the industry partner.

A mobile tree mapping application for Toronto urban parks

The purpose of this Mitacs Accelerate project is to create a cross-platform mobile tree mapping application that would serve as a learning resource and participatory interface for citizen engagement concerning urban tree stewardship. The tool will be prototyped for Grange Park, a prominent and heavily used urban park in downtown Toronto. Development of the mobile mapping tool will use HTML5 with several Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and libraries such as jQuery and Google Maps/Fusion Tables. The project has two organizational partners.

Comprehensive study of tri-generation system based on ClimateWell technology for Canadian residential homes

A feasibility study will be conducted for a proposed tri-generation (generation of heat, electricity and cooling) using a Stirling engine and a ClimateWell heat activated chiller. The Stirling engine will provide simultaneous heat and electricity from burning natural gas. The heat from the engine will be transferred to either space heating, domestic hot water heating, or to the heat activated chiller. The chiller will then be able to provide space cooling.

CFD simulation of a gas turbine combustor

The work to be conducted in this internship consists of the transient numerical modeling of a combustion device using commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes. Validation of the various sub-models is required and once the final model is complete various design changes can be researched. The model will allow for variations in geometry, spray and

Control of grid-connected converters for electric vehicle distributed generation application

A hi-directional converter is proposed to implement the integration of electric vehicle to the grid and household electric system. The proposed converter has two stages: a grid-connected convener. and a dc/de converter. The grid-connected converter can operate in three modes. The first of which is a battery charger. The grid-connected wi II control the power factor to unity and regulate the de bus voltage and control the input current harmonics to be low.

Non-destructive Thermographic Stress Analysis of a New Composite Plate for Femur Fracture Fixation

The present aim of this study is to use an infrared thermography technique to non-destructively measure the three-dimensional surface stress field in a synthetic femur fracture model repaired with a new composite plate vs a clinically-used metal plate. To this end, there are three main phases of this study. First, the infrared thermography system will be calibrated, which is needed because the composite plate is made of several layers of woven material which have differing material properties resulting in differing thermographic properties.

Sediment Removal Frequency Optimization for Wet-Detention Stormwater Management Ponds

Sediment build-up in stormwater management ponds decreases their overall capacity to hold water and reduces their efficiency, in terms of controlling pollution. For this reason, and in order to comply with government regulations, municipalities must remove the sediment periodically. Determining when maintenance is required is difficult because it depends on a number of factors, and the actual cost of sediment removal from a wet pond is difficult to predict.