Geomorphic changes in Russell Creek Experimental Watershed following a record rain on snow event

Movement of sediment through landslide activities dominates sediment transport in headwater channels, and exerts a strong control on downstream channel morphology and aquatic habitat. Landslide and debris flow activity in headwater channels is controlled in part by the intensity of precipitation events. At Russell Creek Experimental Watershed on northern Vancouver Island, high resolution, remotely sensed (LiDAR) topographic data is available from both before and after a record rain-on-snow hydroclimatic event.

Production of high-value hydrocarbons in photosynthetic microalgae

Steady increases in world population necessitate continued growth in staple food production, together with the production of dietary supplements such as vitamins. Chemical synthesis of supplement compounds is in many cases not commercially viable, and therefore alternative production methods must be sought. It has been shown that algae accumulate supplements, such as the high-value compound astaxanthin.

Investigating the potential of a Vancouver Island Model Forest – A qualitative stakeholder analysis

This research project aims to investigate the potential of a Vancouver Island Model Forest. A model forest is a partnership-based process for working towards sustainable development of a forested landscape. We will arrange a stakeholder meeting to establish a common understanding of the concept and see if there is commitment from stakeholder groups to procees with development. By interviewing key forest stakeholders we will try to identify the common needs and possible areas of collaboration on the Island.

Module for characterizing the patient response to pain

As chronic pain affects a large portion of the population, caregivers cannot locate the optimum pain site, there is a demand for the development of a pain scanner device to provide accurate information regarding the areas of pain. During this internship, a Patient Response Module (PRM) used by the patient to provide information about the pain felt with the application of different amount of pressure on unhealthy inflammatory soft tissue.

Energy Management System of Distributed Energy Resources

The distributed energy management system that needs to be optimized represents a control and command center for a network of distributed resources, which may operate within an isolated or weakly interconnected micro-grid. The controller’s primary functions are to communicate with each distributed energy resource controller to determine the operating status of each distributed energy resources and to issue energy management control commands to reliably manage the stable integration of the distributed energy resources with the larger scale grid.

Power factor control in high voltage power supplies for microwave power amplifiers

EnWave is developing custom microwave power sources for their vacuum pressure dehydration microwave drying products. The custom microwave power sources are based on arrays of 1.2 kW magnetrons. The microwave power sources require high voltage power supplies in the range of 4 kV with supporting control circuits to adjust the output voltage. Each 1.2 kW magnetron has an independent power supply and a typical system consists of a bank of high voltage supplies.

Development a New Design Method for Geosynthetic Reinforced Walls and Slopes

The main objective of this research project will be to formulate a design approach for walls and slopes that are reinforced with geo-reinforcement using the basic analytical framework developed by Weerasekara and Wijewickreme (2010). The intern will participate in the development of this methodology under the direct guidance of Drs. Wijewickreme and Weerasekara. The design approach will be validated by modeling the performance of some of the well-documented reinforced slope/ wall.

Diesel Generators with PhotoVoltaic (PV) Co-Generation

This project aims to develop an optimal method of integrating Photovoltaic plants into Microgrid with Diesel generators. It is expected to achieve high quality, high efficiency, and low cost of power generation by the introduction of renewable power source and its control system. Although existing researches have provided quite a lot of references for this renewable generation topic, it is the first time we look into the detail of the integration method from an economic aspect of view.

Low-cost Machine Type Communication User Equipments for LTE (part 3)

Machine-to-machine (M2M) devices are defined as the equipments which do not require a direct human interaction for communicating to each other. M2M networks are predicted to have a large end-user market in the near future with numerous potential applications, such as home automation, patient monitoring, transportation, and smart metering. Currently, the main bottleneck is to reduce the overall cost of these equipments in order to enable a practical implementation of densely-deployed M2M networks which can cover an area of interest and, for example, connect different regions of a city.