A Novel Torque Measurement Technique Based on Piezoelectric Sensors

In this project, a novel torque measurement technique based on piezoelectric sensors will be proposed to overcome the constraints posed by traditional methods such as strain gauges, magnetic pickups etc. Specially designed disks which are connected to the sensor will be mounted on the shaft. The proposed method will be used to compare relative twist in the shaft based on the phase difference between the disks. The angle of twist is then correlated to the torque applied. The proposed technique can be used as a low cost solution for torque measurement or rotating components.

In-building Ultra Wideband Pseudolite Localization and Tracking System

The goal of the proposed research project is to develop a suitable solution to realize high precision real-time navigation and positioning for in-building environments with different constraints. The research proposes the development of methods and technology road map of ultra wideband pseudo-satellite localization in various modes of applications. The project will help our industrial partner Pawaya Wireless Inc. develop inexpensive high-precision wireless positioning products.

Development of novel TiC based grain refiner for aluminum 319 alloy

The goal of this project is to develop a novel titanium carbide grain refiner for improving the strength of the lightweight aluminum 319 alloy. Enhanced use of lightweight alloys in automobiles, currently limited because of their strength, can enable auto industry to manufacture lighter and more fuel efficient vehicles. Titanium carbide, due to its ability to modify the structure of the casting during solidification, can significantly improve the strength of the 319 alloy. However the main challenge is to control the Ti:C ratio in the melt for effective modification.

Orbital Angular Momentum Modulated Free-space Optical Communication systems

The use of orbital angular momentum (OAM) for free-space optical (FSO) communications is almost unexplored. The proposed research will investigate the bit-error rate (BER) performance of FSO systems using OAM. The analysis will begin by considering the ideal case of separable OAM-modulated FSO system performance, to be followed by the individual and combined effects of shot noise, thermal noise, dark current and turbulence.

Calgary’s water main asset management using predictive models

All water utilities, engineering consulting firms, and provincial and federal departments in Canada responsible for design, operation, maintenance, rehabilitation, and development of a water distribution system would directly benefit from the outcomes of the proposed research. Efficient and effective asset management of water distribution infrastructure is a demand driven issue for any water utilities due to resources and budget constraints. The proposed research is targeting any water utilities under a good notion to improve asset management practices in Canada.

A New Method of Designing a Clock Multiplier

This project aims to develop a new method to design clock frequency multipliers. This game-changing technology can overcome the limitations of conventional clock frequency multipliers and can potentially introduce a new paradigm in high-speed circuit design. Such novel technology will position ESS Technology as the leading semiconductor company specializing in the design of future-generation high-speed electronic devices. ESS Technology is currently expanding its R&D activities, and plans to build a strong design team based in Kelowna.

Minimizing potential induced degradation in crystalline-silicon based photovoltaic solar modules

The demand for photovoltaic solar modules has increased tremendously in recent years. Unfortunately, photovoltaic solar modules are prone to potential induced degradation, i.e., a decrease in the power delivered from such modules arising as a consequence of them operating continuously under high applied voltages. This project aims to design a protocol for the accelerated testing of solar modules; we want to speed-up or accelerate the aging of these solar modules in order to identify what materials and configurations in a solar module are less prone to potential induced degradation.

Development of helmet liner material to protect against concussion

Sports related concussion is becoming a major short- and long-term public health concern. The proposed project is designed to test the capabilities of different helmet liner materials in mitigating impact forces resulting from blows to the head, and determine the utility of such materials in reducing the incidence and effects of such concussive blows in the context of contact sports such as football and hockey.

Sustainability and the Wine Industry in the Okanagan valley of BC

The study focuses on sustainable practices employed by wineries and wine growers in the Okanagan valley of BC. The focus of this internship will be to understand fully how one winery – Quails Gate winery in West Kelowna- carries out sustainable practices at various stages of its production, distribution and the marketing of its products. The expected benefit for the organization is to receive an audit of the various processes it uses, the pros and cons of such processes, and some insight into where improvements can be made.

Improved prediction models for concrete confined with various composites: experimental and numerical investigation

The proposed research project will investigate the damaged and undamaged concrete columns of different aspect ratio confined with various types of FRP composites under repeated compression loading. From the observed data, the load-deformation hysteresis of the specimens will be correlated to numerical models and a generalized constitutive model will be proposed. Durability study will be also conducted on various types of FRP-confined circular concrete columns under severe environmental exposure, for example, wetting/drying and freeze-thaw cycles.