Characterization of Free/Bound Water of Mature Fine Tailings Using Differential Scanning Calorimetry

Oil sand tailings could take ages to naturally dewater enough to be reclaimed. Finding ways to accelerate dewatering fluid tailings is crucial to improving overall reclamation planning and performance. The goal of the proposed project is to establish a new thermoanalytical technique for quantification and analysis of free and bound water contents in both individual MFT clays and flocs using Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC).

Unit Commitment Problem Integrated with Plug-in Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy Sources

Electric Power is crucial challenge for every nation. Canada is a developing country and the development of any country is nudged by the amount of electricity used by that country. The size of the power system is growing exponentially due to heavy demand of electricity in all the sectors viz. agricultural, industrial, residential, commercial and charging of Plug-in EVs/HEVs etc. The ever-rising demand for energy has led professionals to look out for renewable sources of energy and with its growing influence.

The role of wearable technology in a community-based program for language development and the impact of virtual program delivery.

The proposed research project is the virtual delivery of an existing program provided by the partner organization, Calgary Reads. LENA Start is a group program offered to parents of children aged 6 months to 3 years. The goal of the program is the provide parents with information regarding language development in the home and practical strategies to both increase parent language and conversational turns between the caregiver and child as well as increase parent knowledge and child language outcomes.

An improved pipeline for processing and analysis of facial surface images in medicine

This Mitacs proposal tackles several outstanding issues that must be addressed to complete development of a widely applicable pipeline for quantitative analysis of 3D facial shape in medicine. Here, we focus on specific applications of imaging pipelines in genetic syndrome diagnosis and facial surgery visualization and planning.

Soil Stabilization with DFI

Over the years, numerous techniques and additives have been employed to increase soil strength and stability – from filling a bog with stones or other fill to compacting the soil with heavy machinery or mixing soil with cement or lime and allowing the resulting mix to harden. Duraflex Solutions Ltd has a new, environmentally-friendly product named DFI for stabilizing weak soils. DFI has worked well in Europe and is processed by simply mixing the top layer of the soil with the product and leaving the mix to harden.

Geothermal Optimization Software – Part 1

In the last decade optimization is expanded in many applications from food production to sophisticated applications such as engine fuel efficiency. In the proposed package, it is tried to apply optimization techniques along with physics based analytical and semi-analytical methodologies to create a compelling framework which can help thermal-process based oil industry to reduce their GHG and also better evaluate their CAPEX. Many SAGD projects are overspent on their facilities due to under prediction or overprediction of their oil production expectations.

Novel Linearization Techniques for Ultra-Broadband 5G Power Amplifiers

The realization of the upcoming 5th Generation of telecommunication standards (5G) requires ultra-broadband transceiver frontends that satisfy both power efficiency and linearity requirements. Since power amplifiers (PAs) are the most power-consuming blocks in these frontends, they are optimized to achieve higher efficiency, and hence lower operating cost and carbon footprint. However, high efficiency PAs suffer from nonlinear behaviours that distort the signal quality and reduce their overall linearity.

Enhanced bitumen recovery from thin and low quality oil sands formations

Alberta’s oil sands are one of the world’s largest known hydrocarbon deposits. Currently, Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) is the commercial recovery method of choice. This requires large amounts of steam to be injected into the oil sands reservoirs, resulting in steam loss to the overburden. Companies continue to expand operations with new pad development. However, as the inventory of thick and clean pays declines, companies are forced to move to thin pays with thickness in the range of 5 to 10 meters.

Mass transfer mechanisms in solvent bitumen recovery processes

If the development of oil sands is to continue, improved environmentally friendly processes with minimal footprint have to be implemented. Thus steam will either have to be faced out or it will have to be augmented by chemicals such as solvents. The major drawback of solvent is the perceived low mass transfer rates. However, if the bitumen solvent interactions are enhanced through convection, this gap may be eliminated. This proposal evaluates mass transfer enhancements in bitumen solvent systems, both liquid and vapour, both experimentally and through computer simulation.

The experiences of Indigenous school psychology trainees working with Indigenous communities

To date, there is little understanding of how to adapt school psychology practice to fit the needs of Indigenous populations. This project seeks to understand the current challenges that exist for school psychology practice with Indigenous peoples and what changes are needed to advance the practice. By completing autobiographical studies, Indigenous master’s students-in-training who will be working with First Nations communities and Indigenous students are uniquely positioned to consider how school psychology can better serve the interests of their people.