GPU platforms for highly parallel EMT simulation - Year 2

A parallelized electromagnetic transient (EMT) simulation tool for power system transients will be developed in this research to accelerate the internal computation process. An EMT simulator uses a highly detailed representation for the Electromagnetic transient (EMT) simulation is a widely used and most accurate tool for power systems network simulations. EMT simulation is very important for various design, testing and analysis of power systems networks involved in generation, transmission and distribution of electrical energy.

Exploration of equillibrium moisture content characteristics for Manitoba-grown soybeans

The equilibrium moisture content (EMC) is an important physical property that significantly impacts all hygroscopic biomaterial. Knowledge of EMC of grains and pulses including soybeans is essential for efficient post-harvest operations such as drying, aeration, or storage. EMC changes with the variety but is also affected by handling and aeration practices. During storage, seeds undergo many micro-wetting and drying cycles or freezing and thawing cycles, which also affect the sorption and desorption characteristics.

Impact of feeding and vaccination strategies on carcass outcomes in beef cattle

In western Canada, increased nutrient demand associated with decreased temperatures and increased fetal growth may lead to nutrient deficiencies in pregnant cattle. Compromised maternal nutrition can impact fetal muscle development, body weight gain, hot carcass weight, back fat and marbling. Vaccination strategy may also impact carcass outcomes of the offspring. Carcass evaluation is necessary to determine if these reactions persist until slaughter.

An Investigation on the Detection of Oil-based Pollutant Spills in Ice-infested Arctic Waters Utilizing Active Microwave Remote Sensing

Climate change continues to shrink the sea ice in the Arctic. Consequently, there is an ever-increasing trend of industrial and shipping activities in the Canadian Arctic. This results into a high risk of accidental or deliberate release of oil-related pollutants in the Arctic waters. Satellite remote sensing is a key component in spill detection as an essential step towards any remediation and cleanup effort. Thus, this project proposes to develop a detection algorithm based on microwave satellite data that can be incorporated into a high-level oil spill alarm system.

Genetic profiling of disease progression in myeloma

The intern will be studying the way genetics are changed during the progression of multiple myeloma and cancers in general. The changes in the genetic profile will help understand the disease. Throughout the project, genetic alterations of chromosome ends, known as telomeres, will be analyzed through complex mathematical and computational 3D architectural softwares to predict how certain cancer patients will do in the future or even if they will respond to certain medications.

Optimization of Dispersin B in Escherichia coli

Kane Biotech Inc. is a Manitoba based company that provides innovative technologies that breakdown and disperse microbial biofilms. Dispersin B is an enzyme that both inhibits and disperses bacterial biofilms. Kane Biotech Inc. has expressed this enzyme protein in E. coli, with the goal of developing Dispersin B based products. Dispersin B yield and cost effective production are critical factors affecting the market opportunities for Kane Biotech’s Dispersin B products, estimated to be $10million in the next few years. Kane Biotech and Dr.

Enhancing the Functionality of Zinc Anodes in Repaired Concrete/Material

Mitigating the corrosion of reinforcement in RC structures is a critical issue for Canada’s civil infrastructure, especially with the continual use of deicing salts during winter. This pilot study will provide crucial information on the functional range of resistivity of repair materials/concretes and anode spacing, which will optimize the efficiency of an economical technology (zinc anodes) at protecting embedded reinforcement from the risk of corrosion.

Phase II: Genomics and Lipid Studies for Flavour Selection in Pork

The hog industry in Manitoba is a very efficient means of converting grains and pulses into
high quality protein. Fresh pork is a healthy and nutritious source of protein, yet demand
remains static. One of the main reasons cited by consumers for not choosing pork is the
absence of good taste in modern pork. The objective of this project, which is a continuation
from Phase I of this project is to get fresh pork back on the dinner table by restoring its
flavour.

Operational Hydrological Forecasting in the Nelson-Churchill Watershed Using Gridded Climate Data

In order to understand the movement of water in all its three phases on, under, and above the ground, scientists known as hydrologists use computer models. These models simulate the volume of water that runs through river in response to the amount of rainfall that has reached the ground during a specific time period. Hydrologists typically use weather stations to learn how much rain has fallen over the land. In Canada and in remote parts of the country, there are not many weather stations available.

Protection and control of hybrid LCC-VSC multi-terminal HVDC transmission systems against DC faults

Two High Voltage DC (HVDC) transmission technologies, the mature Line Commutated Converter (LCC) and newer Voltage Source Converter (VSC) technologies have their own pros and cons. For a HVDC transmission system carrying power from a single generation center to multiple load centers, by using a multi-terminal LCC-VSC type hybrid HVDC configuration, advantages of both technologies can be exploited. There is also the possibility of tapping into existing point-to-point LCC transmission lines using this hybrid configuration to supply intermediate locations.

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