Optimization of the Design of Coke Drum Support Structure

Delayed coking is an integral process in upgrading heavy, unusable crude oil to lighter, usable products such as gasoline. Coke drums are insulated, vertically oriented cylindrical pressure vessels that facilitate such a process. Due to the process of delayed coking, these drums are subjected to cyclic thermal-mechanical loading and episodes of thermal shock. One of the potential areas of failure is the shell-to-skirt junction. A skirt assembly is used to support the vessel while allowing for the drum to transition from cylindrical to conical in geometry at the bottom of the coke drum.

Animal Recognition From Natural Scene Images

With the development of imaging technology and research progress on wildlife monitoring, camera trapping becomes one of the best ways to record the presence and activity of mammals in a given area. The approach to monitoring wildlife can assist people in the community with decision making about preserving biodiversity. Camera trapping generates a huge volume of image data. In the past, experts analyzed such image data manually, which required domain knowledge and took significant time.

Evaluating the Confidence of Metabolite Rankings in NMR Metabolomics Data

The proposed project is for the intern to develop an algorithm to decide on the suitability of a group of chemical compounds to transfer from one detection instrument (low throughput) to another detection instrument (high throughput). For ease of use and cost considerations it is preferable for these chemical compounds to measured using a high throughput instrument. The company has validated a set of compounds on the low throughput instrument and would like to transfer these to a high throughput instrument.

The impact of PCV13 vaccine program discontinuation on herd immunity decay and serotype replacement: a mathematical modeling study

The clinical and cost effectiveness of immunizing children WIth PCV7 and PCV13 is well established in the scientific literature. However the success of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines in children has given rise to questions from payers regarding whether continued investment in PCV13 for children is needed. The proposed research project undertaken by the intern will help the partner organization to quantitatively determine: 1) What is the optimal percentage of the children population that needs to be vaccinated to incure herd immunity in the rest of the population?

Development of a Decision Support System for FTTH Installations

In preparation for increasing its deployment of last-mile fibre, TELUS has engaged the University of Alberta to study the most efficient and cost-effective installation methods for Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) deployment where there are no existing telecommunications rights of way. The methods we will explore are divided into two categories: 1.) Direct Buried Methods (micro-trenching, Horizontal Directional Drilling, piercing and plowing. 2.) Utility Sharing (installing optical fibre via existing utility lines).

Development of user interfaces for business intelligence tools in corporate incident data

This project aims to create a set of innovative business intelligence tools to enhance advanced data analytics capabilities of the Perspective system developed by PPM 2000. The Perspective system is an incident management system that facilitates corporate incident data collection, reporting, analysis and management. Incident data is a post-event record of accidents, thefts, hazards, or other unusual events related to an organization’s infrastructure.

Design of an efficient DOCSIS 3.1 upstream cable modem termination system receiver operating in OFDMA and S-CDMA modes

The widespread availability of broadband internet has transformed Canadian life. However, the increasing volume of data traffic strains the “last mile” access networks that deliver broadband internet to individual premises. The cable industry has responded with updates to the dominant standard for cable modems (CMs) and cable modem termination systems (CMTSs), known as DOCSIS. The latest revision, DOCSIS 3.1, was released on October 29, 2013, and promises great improvements for the delivery of broadband internet through cable.

Research into remote sensors inspires interns to start their own company

Alberta-based BMI Technologies manufactures onboard sensor systems which track the usage of forklifts.  But the company wanted to improve the technology to allow for automatic data analysis across a large fleet of vehicles, with uplink to a central computer system.

BMI was without an in-house research or engineering department, but learned of the Mitacs Accelerate program from CEO Arvind Gupta during a chance meeting at a social event in Vancouver.

Manipulation of Phytohormonal Production by Methylobacterium extorquens

TerraVerdae Bioworks is working with a type of bacteria that is able to metabolize methanol, converting it into a bioplastic. TerraVerdae is focusing its commercial operations on bioplastic production but is interested in identifying other bioproducts that can also be produced. It is known that this type of bacteria forms a symbiotic relationship with plants, where it feeds off of waste methanol produced by plant cells, converting it into metabolites that help the plant grow.

Creating a new atlas of welding defects - Updating/editing ASTM Passport to Steel and ASME Code Interpretation databases

A visual atlas of welding defects (defects introduced in the material do to welding) will also be created to aid the weld quality inspectors, instructors, welders, or anyone taking a welding course identify the source(s) of defects, how to prevent defects from occurring, and how to repair weld defects. The ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) passport to steel database and the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) code interpretation database will be updated to make all the new updated standards and interpretations available to users.

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