Lab-based Accelerated Vibration Testing for Articles in the Baggage Bay Area of the Motor Coach in the Vertical Direction

Motor Coach Industries Ltd. (MCI), a manufacturer of intercity coaches serving charter and tour operations, requires extensive field tests to validate the durability performance of coaches and components. To reduce the time and expense of these field tests, the intern will conduct mathematical analysis of the recorded acceleration signals in the baggage bay area of a motor coach. Using extensive acceleration data collected by MCI engineers, the intern will identify the predominant vibration modes and study the relationship among these modes.

Advanced Modulation Techniques for Power Converters and Vehicle Propulsion Systems

The HVDC Research Centre performs innovative research and development in high-voltage DC (HVDC) and power electronic technologies, instrumentation and simulation. HVDC is committed to finding new methods to improve efficiency in equipment usage and electric power flow. One such application is conversion and shaping of voltage waveforms, which is generally referred to as “modulation”.

Improved Models of Electric Machines for Real-Time Digital Simulations

Real-time digital simulators are valuable tools for non-destructively studying the transient behavior of electric machinery under stressed conditions. RTDS Technologies is a world-leader in the manufacturing of such simulators and is continually striving to improve its repertoire of available models of electrical equipment. The intern’s project will use special modeling methods to develop a new, more accurate model of electric machines (motors and generators) that accurately represent inter-winding faults.

Form & Language for the Astronomical Study of Hydrogen

This project undertakes the visualization of astronomical data in 3D enabling us to study phenomena such as expanding gas shells and rotating galaxies. We will develop a 3D mathematical model of astronomical observational data, apply this model to the data and display the data utilizing the technologies available through the Virtual Reality Centre.

System Equivalent for Real-Time Digital Simulator

RTDS Technologies Inc is the manufacturer of RTDS® Simulator, which is a fully digital, wide-band real-time simulator for the power industry. The size of the RTDS hardware and subsequently its monetary cost is proportional to the size of the modelled system. The goal of the intern’s research is to develop an efficient yet accurate equivalencing method for the RTDS® Simulator to reduce the hardware cost of the real-time simulation of a large power system.

Development of Software Algorithms for Efficient Acquisition and Mining of Hyperspectral Imaging Data

For project, the intern will assist with the development of a new software package for a product line of hyperspectral imaging devices for Channel Systems Inc, a developer of technologies for scientific and industrial imaging and measurement. The general purpose of this research is to implement mathematical, statistical, and chemometric tools as software algorithms in order to enhance quality of data and explore both qualitative and quantitative information contained in the hyperspectral data sets. The proposed research is two-fold.

3D Breast Microwave Imagery Reconstruction and Focusing

During the last few years, Breast Microwave imaging (BMI) has shown its potential as an alternative technique for breast cancer detection. BMI offers a variety of features, such as a high contrast between cancer and breast tissue and non-compressive image acquisition procedures which would make its use desirable in a clinical environment. Due to the fact that target reflections present different travel times and the collected data is a function of the arrival time and scan location, the recorded responses must be reconstructed in order to be properly visualized and interpreted.

3D Rendering of Stress, Strain and Shear in TensegriCell Simulations of Cytoskeleton

Frantic Films, headquartered in Winnipeg, MB, has developed a reputation for creating innovative, custom built R&D solutions. The intern’s research project will straddle both the worlds of microbiology and physical simulation in order to create a dynamic, physically-based model of the cytoskeleton within a cell.

Numerical Modelling of a Gasifier Biomass Bed

Vidir Machine Inc. is a manufacturer of custom agricultural and industrial machinery in rural Manitoba with a keen interest in green energy and environmental applications. Thus, a gasifier bed model will be developed to predict the oxidizing reactions occurring inside a straw gasifier. This model will then be integrated into an overall gasifier model to predict the process parameters inside a two-stage gasifier. This model will be used to optimize the air control system and provide a method to develop a feedback control loop on the primary and secondary air system.

Efficient Mining of Agro-Meteorological Data

Data mining refers to non-trivial extraction of implicit, previously unknown, and potentially useful information from data. In this project, the intern will apply data mining techniques to agro-meteorological data provided by Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI). Specifically, he plans to develop mathematical solutions to analyze both current and historic weather data as well as related information such as crop yields, soil inventories, and crop management practices.

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