Determining the carbon footprint and lifecycle assessment of magnesium oxychloride cement building materials

The proposed research will involve studying the carbon footprint (i.e. the carbon emissions) involved in the preparation of magnesium oxychloride (MOC) cement materials. MOC cement has been proposed as a more environmentally friendly alternative to traditionally used Portland cement (PC), however many discrepancies arise as there is no work directly comparing their carbon footprints. In addition, the work will determine the lifecycle assessment of MOC cement and PC.

From pipeline inspection data to insight

To ensure oil and gas pipelines operate safely, instrumented inspections and assessments are completed on a recurring frequency. A common and valuable inspection method is In-line inspection (ILI). This form of inspection uses a measurement device (ILI tool) that is propelled through the pipeline by product flow and the tool identifies and sizes anomalous conditions along the inside and outside walls of the pipeline that could affect the pipes ability to contain the product.

Early Warning Potential of Ambient Seismic Noise: Monitoring Tailings Dams

Recent tailings dam failures occurring in past years have highlighted a need for innovative approaches to monitoring these structures. This research proposes to explore advances in the development of a novel type of distributed fiber-optic sensing technology known as Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS), and evaluate its performance in monitoring a tailings dam. Ambient noise interferometry will be applied to the collected data to measure changes in the shear wave velocity of the tailings dam structure.

Musculoskeletal Model Development and Biomechanical Evaluation of the Levitation Knee Brace

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a debilitating musculoskeletal disease affecting approximately 1/3 of Canadians over the age of 25. Knee braces are often prescribed for OA patients to restore joint function and reduce pain in an attempt to avoid or delay knee replacement surgery. Most braces are designed to offload one side of the knee, however, more than 95% of knee OA patients have OA that affects more than one compartment of their joint. Spring Loaded Technology has designed the Levitation™ “Tri-Compartment Unloader” knee brace to reduce forces in all three compartments of the knee.

Biophysical characterization of synthesized fluorescently labeled biologically relevant phospholipids

The chemical synthesis of lipids with defined fatty acid side chains in terms of chain length and the degree of saturation/unsaturation is important to provide high-quality products for life science research. When dyes are added to the lipids, they can be used to a variety of biomedically relevant experiments by measuring be color and amount of signal collected in a light detector. Moreover, very important lipids need to be isolated and purified from natural sources.

Measurement and Modeling of Pandemic Effects on Door-to-Door Bottle Recycling

SkipTheDepot is a door-to-door bottle collection service based in Calgary which allows users in Calgary and Edmonton areas to request bottle recycling pickups, and the COVID 19 pandemic has caused demand for these services to increase. In order to meet rising demand, it is important to develop a clear understanding of how the service is used currently, how the service may be used in the future, and how usage affects the overall performance of the collection system.

Low-Cost UAV imagery systems for Precision Agriculture

The proposed project aims to develop the use of Low-Cost UAV imagery systems for precision agriculture applications with focus on weed and irrigation management applications. Generally, Precision Agriculture is a management system that aims to compile different technologies to control the use of the agriculture process inputs such as chemical herbicides, seeds, water, etc., to enhance the quality and quantity of its output, while preserving the surrounding environment from any harm that might be caused due to the use of these inputs.

Measuring Charity Impact Value Using Social Return on Investment: The Value of Implementing Experiential Sustainable Development Goal Learning into Children’s Activities

Scouts Canada is adapting programing to align more closely with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This research project will measure the amount of change in SDG awareness and behaviours of the participants and volunteers of the program. These outcomes will be monetized into a Social Return on Investment that compares the value of the outcomes to the input costs.
All organizations around the globe are being called to help achieve the global SDG targets.

High Efficiency GaN RF Power Amplifiers for 5G and Beyond Applications

This research project will be a collaborative effort to explore, understand, and capitalize on the growing market shift from Laterally Diffused Metal Oxide Semiconductors (LDMOS) to Gallium Nitride (GaN)-based radio units in the base station market, which is ever-growing with the increased demand for 5G. The intern will be trained on simulation, measurement, design, and development tools that will allow for a comprehensive analysis of these GaN-based units.

Field Test and Model Validation of an Actively Controlled Seat Suspension System

There is a chance of loss of control, health complications and fatigue caused by the impact forces and vibrations transmitted form the vehicle body to the passengers. The main objective of this research is to conduct the field tests of the active suspension, which was designed, patented, simulated, and tested in the laboratory in previous steps in order to validate the model of the system and enable optimization of the control algorithms of the suspension.