The majority of mid-20th century high-rise concrete housing stock have reached the end of their first lifecycle in terms of structural integrity and environmental performance, and the urban planning ideals with which they were designed have made these neighbourhoods irrelevant to the contemporary culture of the city. Solutions for economical, structural, social and technological barriers to developing a secondary system to the building envelope and the restructuring of existing balconies for the overall renewal of tower neighbourhoods will be investigated and proposed in this project.
Unconventional shale gas has become a common source of hydrocarbons in the past few decades with advances in extraction techniques such as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. Many hydrocarbon-bearing rocks that were once unobtainable are now available for oil and gas production; the Nordegg Member in northeastern British Columbia is one of these rocks units. Our project will involve characterising the Nordegg Members geological structure and geochemistry, as well as performing economic interpretations to assess the future exploration plans within the unit in the near future.
The UbiLab and the CSA Group are collaborating on the development of a roadmap for a data integration infrastructure that will enable Ambient Assisted Living technology to share data at a wider scale. The current technology landscape has resulted in manufacturers of Internet of Things and Ambient Assisted Living technologies generating siloed data that provide limited benefits and insights to the final users.
In this project, the effective life of advanced Li-ion batteries will be assessed using experimental tools and predictive modeling. Li-ion batteries have emerged as an alternative source of energy on-board cars, i.e., electric vehicles (EVs). Unlike internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, EVs suffer from performance degradation over driving and idle time posing limitations on their widespread deployment in the market.
In recent years technological developments have created a new paradigm where data can be obtained easily and with less effort than in the past. This shift is often called Big Data, and its effects can be seen as in many different fields. This proposal follows the same vein, and focusses on taking advantage of the increasing prevalence of connected devices.
This research project will involve analyzing non-structural flood management measures in Shanghai, China - one of the world's most flood vulnerable cities. The Chinese government has invested heavily into structural barriers to flooding, such as the Three Gorges Dam, but there is no fail-safe in times of extreme flood levels. Despite extensive research, there is no information in English literature on the use of public-education and outreach by the government to better prepare Shanghai's most vulnerable residents.
Heterogeneity of cell populations is a common occurrence in bioreactor operations (Lara et al., 2006) and is typically caused by processing of cell cultures in vessels of varying sizes and process conditions and by deficient mixing. Most bioreactor research deals with average conditions of the cell population with respect to quantities such as dissolved oxygen and extracellular nutrient level, while these averages actually correspond to very different distributions of individual cell growth and productivity.
Waste heat boilers provide an important function in many industries, taking hot process flows and cooling them down while at the same time creating valuable steam which can be used to save power in other parts of the plant. This project will use Computational Multiphysics Simulations (CMS) to model the inner workings of these important boilers. CMS uses a mix of theoretical and experimental equations to model real world fluids, particularly how they move, boil, and spread heat.
Shape memory alloys (SMAs) are metallic alloys which can undergo deformation and return to their original form when heated above their characteristic transformation temperature. Due to their unique properties, SMAs have found use in the aerospace, robotics, biomedical, and automotive industries, among others. Traditional SMAs are limited to one distinct transformation temperature per individual component, limiting their potential applications. Smarter Alloys Inc.