Scaled Physical Modeling of Geomechanical Implications of Wormholes During CO2-Based CSI in CHOPS Reservoirs Part A: Centrifuge Testing of 3D Printed Specimens

Deliberate massive sand influx used to increase oil recovery from shallow heavy oil resources ultimately results in low oil recovery. This means 85-95% of oil would remain unrecovered during the co-production of oil and sand process, which is referred to as Cold Heavy Oil Production with Sand (CHOPS). In this project, we looked at the possibility to enhance oil recovery using CO2 injection.

Moving evidence into practice: using knowledge transfer to improve the care of individuals with lymphedema

The purpose of this partnership between the University of Alberta and the Canadian Lymphedema Framework (CLF) is to support the CLF’s mission to promote best practices in risk reduction, early diagnosis and treatment of lymphedema. Lymphedema is a swelling that occurs in a limb or body region as a result of damage to the lymphatic system. Currently, it is estimated that over 1 million Canadians suffer from lymphedema, with a significant proportion developing the disease secondary to cancer and/or cancer treatment.

Improvement to the tool for Reliability-based Quantitative Analysis of Dents in Pipelines

The aim is to improve a software tool for reliability-based quantitative analysis of dents (QuAD) in pipelines developed by Enbridge. QuAD is a tool used to predict the failure for dented pipelines, so that the deteriorated pipeline segments can be reliably identified for excavation to avoid failure. The critical concern with the current QuAD tool is its inefficiency due to long analysis time and the potential room for accuracy improvement.

The Black Equity in Alberta Rainforest (The B.E.A.R)

Anti-Black racism presents a major barrier in the social participation of African Caribbean Black (ACB) Canadians in civic leadership, arts and culture, and employment, as well as barriers to justice as negative relationships are created between communities and criminal justice systems. Resulting barriers and negative relationships are structural drivers of health inequity. In response, the Black Equity in Alberta Rainforest (B.E.A.R) is being developed as a vast network of key stakeholders to understand root causes of ACB related health inequity.

Seabed mapping for improved modelling of ocean circulation and glacier-ocean interactions in the Canadian Arctic

The loss of ice from glaciers in the Canadian Arctic is an important contributor to global sea level rise. Where glaciers are in contact with warm ocean water submarine melting and calving of icebergs can play an important role in driving this ice loss. However, the ability to model the circulation of warm ocean water, which is found at depth in the Canadian Arctic, is severely limited by a lack of data on the depth and topography of the ocean floor.

Evaluation of the mechanical properties of the bone-implant interface in dental implants

Skin-penetrating bone-anchored implants are used in a variety of applications to provide tremendous functional benefits to patients. Globally, the dental implant industry has been valued at 5.08 billion USD where implants are used for replacing single teeth, for larger prostheses, and for full dental arches. The success of these implants relies on a structural integration between the implant and the living bone. Evaluation of the integrity of the bone-implant interface is important to prescribe loading, to identify the risk of failure, and to monitor the long-term health of the implant.

Development of COVID-19 Rapid Diagnostic Test

The current workflow for COVID-19 testing is overwhelmed for many reasons including the need for time-consuming sample preparation, the limited availability of test reagent, and the length of time it takes to complete the test process (approximately 3 hours). As the test-and-trace approach is critical to containing the spread of this virus, rapid diagnostics are crucial. To improve the testing timeline, diagnostic labs need to process samples quickly, which requires the use of automated tests. The use of magnetic bead technology is highly amenable to automation.

Revision of Socio-Spatial Conceptions for Designing Public Spaces and Built Environments in Post Pandemic Alberta

This design research project explores existing and ongoing perspectives on (post) pandemic conceptions in built environment settings in Alberta, from an architectural design perspective. The results will add to the scholarly research on sustainable design of “public spaces” to support (post) COVID-19 period health concerns and recommendations, thereby contributing to the development of healthier design and more equitable, sustainable communities in Alberta.

An IoT Hot Cold Sensation Device

This project is to research and develop a portable hot-cold sensation diagnostic device which will be used to test and record the degree of hot and cold sensation on patient’s limbs. Traditional method uses test tubes filled with warm water or cracked ice and water for testing. Temperature less than 5oC and greater than 45oC elicit painful responses in addition to temperature should be avoided. The proposed device not only integrates the key sensory testing tool, but through its electrical components, it provides method to conduct reproducible tests.

Dissolvable Glass Technology

The goal of the Dissolvable Glass Technology research project is to develop new glass technologies and products to reduce the cost and environmental impact in the utility, forestry, and oil and gas sectors. It has been said that we are ‘entering the age of glass’, and we aim to explore the numerous and varied possibilities where dissolvable glasses can be utilized. However, to achieve these glass technologies, fundamental glass research must be performed in three key areas: mechanical properties, thermal behaviour and dissolution behaviour.

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