Development of Novel Aluminum Alloys and Metal Matrix Composites Strengthened with Rare Earth Elements and Nano Ceramic and Carbon Particles

This purpose of the proposed project is to comprehensively study the effects that nickel (Ni), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn) and nano-scale particles have on the microstructure and high temperature mechanical properties of aluminum-cerium (Al-Ce) based alloys. This research will use conventional sintering and casting processes to determine how varying the cooling rate during casting and material composition affects the microstructure and mechanical properties.

Exploring perceptions on the QUIT smartcase to guide continued development of this digitally enhanced technology for reducing and quitting dependence on e-cigarettes.

There is growing evidence that e-cigarettes, also known as vaping, have led to an upsurge health risk to young people in Canada, including long-term harm to brain development and respiratory health. Due to such adverse effects, more and more young people indicate a desire to quit. However, such desires often become unsuccessful due to the lack of resources available to assist young people in reducing and quitting e-cigarettes.
The objective of this research project is to explore young people’s perceptions of the “QUIT smartcase” for reducing and stop using e-cigarettes.

Floodplain maps inventory and pathway for flood-induced risk assessment in BC

The BC Real Estate Association aims to develop the localized flood vulnerability index (LOFVI). The intention is to increase awareness of new floodplain maps among governments, realtors and consumers through the final report and assess the impact of senior government funding programs. The first step will be to update and prepare an inventory of floodplain maps across the province of BC, which will provide important information that communities need for land use decisions alongside helping property buyers make informed decisions.

Healthcare Utilization in Chronic Pain Patients: A Prospective Examination of Using Cannabis for Therapeutic Purposes

The proposed project will evaluate the healthcare utilization of chronic pain patients using cannabis for their pain treatment while on a waitlist for a specialized pain clinic. Two hundred patients will be followed for 6-months to identify differences in the number of medical appointments or prescription medication depending if one uses cannabis for pain relief or not. Flowr will benefit by developing a better understanding of the health effects of cannabis in order to better inform their recreational and medicinal customers.

Microwave Radar System for Stand-off Hazardous Gas Detection and Material Characterization

This project will advance development of technologies capable of detecting rapidly and reliable a range of gases harmful to humans. Student interns working in university labs and with our partner will develop new gas sensors using new materials that resonate in observable ways when they come into contact with harmful gases. These sensors will be small and extremely durable, potentially worn on garments or attached to workers’ tools.

Probabilistic mapping of wetland ecosystems and connectivity in the Okanagan Basin to support wetland conservation and restoration

In the Okanagan Basin region of British Columbia, urbanization, agriculture, and land-use change have contributed to extensive wetland loss. Currently, an estimated 1% of historic wetlands remain in the Okanagan which support numerous fauna and flora not found elsewhere in this arid region. However, a single comprehensive inventory of wetlands has not been undertaken in the Okanagan, limiting conservation in the region.

Deep-Learning for Distributed Intelligent Systems with Applications in Robotics and Computer Vision

Agile manufacturing via adaptive robots is the provision of Industry 4.0 for advanced manufacturing that enables more efficient, lean and cost-effective production. It is considered to be the ultimate solution for mass customization of many manufacturing industries such as aerospace industry hindered by their heavy reliance on manual labor. The current practice of programming a robot for every specific task is limited, if not futile, in the many manufacturing industries.

Experimental investigation of allowable engineering properties of regular and composite glulam columns

Structurlam Mass Timber Corporation (SMTC) is a renowned Canadian company for its quality mass timber products and ability to fabricate complex design. The company developed a new type of composite glulam as a structural element. Extensive experimental investigation in collaboration with Dr. Alam and Mr. Peng at UBCO revealed the future potential of this composite glulam column. The proposed research will extend the previous study by evaluating the engineering properties of each individual layer through experimental testing.

Artificial Intelligence to Prevent Service failure in Supply Chain

Despite advanced supply chain planning and execution systems, manufacturers and distributors tend to observe service levels below their targets. This can be explained by unexpected deviations from the plan or systems that are not properly configured. Quite often it is too expensive to have planners continually track all situations in supply chain systems at a granular level to ensure that no deviations or configuration problems occur.

Dam good research: New 3D-printed dam models enable better prediction and reduce costs

Under a multi-phase project supported by commercial and educational entities, Austin Engineering creates digitally fabricated dam models for hydraulic and seismic testing at both their own hydraulics lab and at the University of British Columbia’s Applied Laboratory for Advanced Materials and Structures (ALAMS) in Kelowna, BC. Their most recent phase of research was followed by a prestigious international presentation.