Conversion of crude glycerol into higher value chemical products

The exponential growth of biodiesel production all around the world has created a significant surplus in the production of the principle co-product, crude glycerol. Therefore, effective utilization of crude glycerol is imperative for bringing new revenue to the biodiesel producers and the sustainability of the biodiesel industry. There have been numerous papers investigating the potential applications of crude glycerol as value-added products.

Training response of elite athletes using heart rate variability and low-frequency fatigue

This research aims to understand athlete recovery and training adaptation by monitoring athlete fatigue. The research will have a direct impact on multiple podium-performances in both Summer and Winter Olympic and Paralympic athletes since knowing how fatigue is present in athletes can help to improve training prescription; specific training prescribed during varying periods of fatigue and recovery can maximize the training response and likely improve performance.

Quantifying Visual Impairments using Robotics following Sport-Related Concussion

Concussions are a common traumatic brain injury and currently one of the most prominent medical concerns in contact/collision sports, at all ages and levels of competition. They are also one of the most complex injuries to manage in high-risk sports to ensure a safe return to training and competition. Our goal is to develop an objective and valid tool using novel robotic technology (KINARM) that can reliably quantify and monitor visual search and attention impairments seen with concussion.

Modeling Wind loading on Roof-mounted Solar Modules

Rooftop solar modules installations are growing in popularity as the benefits of implementing these features on previously unoccupied roof space are being realized. A major concern with these installations is the contribution to the roof load due to the interaction between high wind speeds and the angled modules. Similarly, there are concerns with uplift on the backside of the modules. These loads can lead to high cost of the structural support for the modules.

Evapotranspiration and Bioretention Performance in Stormwater Management

Every time it rains, there is a portion of water that doesn’t get absorbed by plants and soils. That water is known as run-off, and it requires management since it can create high energy flows and pick up harmful chemicals (e.g. fertilizers, pesticides, gasoline, tire wear) off the streets, driveways, and other hard surfaces as it flows towards the natural water bodies. This project is focused on analyzing how much runoff can be absorbed by a plant-soil system called bioretention, and whether specially constructed planting beds can help manage both the volume and the quality of runoff.

Development of a hybrid seismic data inversion method for determining well-drilling location at complex geophysical area

Due to the current economic downturn, especially the lower crude oil price, the drilling success rate become the most important goal for any oil/gas company. For a start-up company, any failure in drilling will be a disaster. To this end, the Deep Treasure Corp wishes that through the combination of mature hydrocarbon prediction techniques and new research results in seismic inversion, the success rate of hydrocarbon prediction, the theoretical basis for well placement can be provided in Roncott field, which will improve the success rate in drilling.

Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion: Innovating molecular methods for enhanced diagnostics and optimal treatment strategies

"Microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) is a costly problem faced by many industrial sectors. Currently practised MIC diagnostic methods recognise the presence of microbes, but are incapable of identifying exactly which microbes are present, and their potential role in possible corrosion events. This disconnect often leads to sub-optimal corrosion management strategies, and even wastage of treatment resources.

Innovative Ladder Design via Optimization and Design Methodology

As ladders are such a common tool, its potential improvement can be easily overlooked. The purpose of this project is to invent a new ladder design. To avoid the lock-in effect of existing ladders, topology optimization is applied to explore new possible designs. The key of this technique is to let algorithms search for theoretically possible designs that satisfy some basic usage conditions (e.g., overall size limits and applied loads).

Impact of a Year-Long Physical Literacy Structured Recreation Program on the Motor Proficiency of Kindergarten Students

The study focuses on the assessment of motor proficiencies of children before and after their involvement in a specialised recreation program, when compared to children of the same age who are enrolled in standard parent-selected programming. The specialised program sets at  introducing children to a wide array of activities in multiple environments, and are taught by instructors who have sound knowledge bases in these activities and sports.

No humming and hawing here: Australian researcher tracking mysterious sound in Calgary

The Aussie is researching a strange phenomenon dubbed ‘The Ranchlands Hum’— a mysterious noise that has plagued residents in the northwest Calgary community of Ranchlands since 2008.