Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) tightness testing using statistical approach

The industry partner, Cantest is establishing a new leak detection procedure for analyzing data sources in aboveground storage tanks and statistical learning models to monitor AST shell dynamics and product activity over time. This is an important problem as identifying leak detection is usually associated with various environmental data and records collected from sensitive sensors attached to the ASTs. Current testing procedure for leak detection uses simple statistical rules and thresholds to detect anomalies. These methods are failing for preventing AST related environmental incidents.

Development of a product for outdoor temporary markings

The world is full of painted surfaces of a variety of colours and the paint industry has evolved to improve colours, longer last colour intensity, alter finishing and cover a myriad of different surfaces. However, there has been a lack of development in temporary markings or coatings that last from hours to days. This project explores the development of four paint colours that can be dry sprayed for outside recreational applications, such as temporary lines on a grassy field or a temporary mural. Harnessing the sun’s energy, the colours will fade in definable timeframes.

Facilitating Service Network Navigation: Developing a Model for Individuals with Autism and/or Intellectual Disabilities and their Families

Adults with Autism (ASD) and/or intellectual disabilities (ID) who seek medical and dental treatments often require specialized interventions that are not always accessible in the community. The Centre for Innovation in Autism and Intellectual Disabilities See Things my Way clinic (STMW) developed a specialized Medical/Dental Clinic to address this important gap.

Characterisation of Millimeter-Wave Power Amplifiers and Application of Novel Digital Predistortion Techniques

To pave the road towards the upcoming 5th Generation of telecommunication standards (5G), we aim to develop a fully integrated solution satisfying the increasing requirements in terms of wide bandwidth, small footprint, and high-power efficiency. Initially, we prepare a fully automated setup to characterize the Gallium Nitride (GaN) Power Amplifiers (PA) considered as key components for 5G millimeter-wave frequencies transmitters. However, PAs are prone to saturation at high power which compromises their power efficiency and signal quality also known as linearity.

Development of CardiAI: An AI-Assisted Point-of-Care Device for Heart Failure Management

The aim of this research and development project is to design and develop a bedside point-of-care device to be equipped with the CardiAI’s machine learning technology for heart failure management. our POC system will include
disposable cardiac biomarker strips and an electronic reader.

Testing the use of chemical additives to improve the efficiency of thermal oil recovery processes

Steam injection in-situ bitumen/heavy oil recovery processes are very energy intensive and generate a significant amount of green house gases. The use of solvents may be the ultimate in reducing the energy input for in-situ bitumen/heavy oil recovery. However, the solvent processes, tested in the field, have not demonstrated to be economical thus far. Hence the use of chemical additive may bridge the gap until solvent processes can be proven in the field. Chemical additives may be a quick and economic way to increase the efficiency of in situ bitumen/heavy oil recovery.

New High Precision GNSS Positioning and Navigation System Using Triple-frequency GNSS Signals - Year two

Precise Point Positioning (PPP) is a next generation precise positioning technology using GNSS and is expected to be adopted in more and more applications. To date, all PPP systems available on the market are dual-frequency based systems and long positioning convergence time has limited its wide applications. With the progress of the GNSS modernization, triple-frequency signals are becoming available, which will shed light to overcome this challenge.

Digital Controlled Load-Modulated Analog Predistorter for GaN High-Power Amplifiers

In Satellite communication, the energy consumption of the transmitter and receiver are of great importance, since high power needs to be transmitted from earth stations and satellite transponders to allow the information to travel large distances. The power amplifier as a last stage in the transmitter is the most energy hungry component and making it more energy efficiency would reduce the overall energy consumption of the system.

Up-scalable production of high efficiency perylene diimide (PDI)-based organic light emitting devices using slot die coating methods

With respect to large-area display applications, it is desirable to have not only the active layers but also the electrodes in the OLEDs that can be formed by solution fabrication process. To address the manufacturing challenges of high-performance OLEDs, several scalable techniques such as doctor blading, ink-jet printing, and ultrasonic spray coating have been developed or employed.

Development of chemical additives to improve the efficiency of solvent-aided thermal bitumen recovery processes - Year two

AlbCurrent commercial recovery method of Alberta’s oil sands is Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) which requires large amounts of steam. This means that large amounts of natural gas are burned to produce steam resulting in significant greenhouse gas emissions.