Combined Building Integrated PV/Thermal (BIPV/T) Collector with Two-stageVariable Capacity Air Source Heat Pump for Net-Zero Energy Building Applications Year One

Building Integrated Photovoltaic/Thermal (BIPV/T) systems are arrays of photovoltaic panels integrated into the building envelope facades and roofs that produce electricity and incorporate the additional function of recovering useful thermal energy. The energy can be used for space, domestic water heating or air conditioning. Recuperating heat from the BIPVjT system improves electrical efficiency and reduces the temperature of PV modules resulting in extended life expectancy of the panels. BIPV/T systems also improve the aesthetic exterior appearance of the building.

Permeability-based leakage model to describe functional failure in composite storage vessels for alternative fuels

Pressure vessels made entirely from fiber-reinforced polymer can generate substantial cost and performance improvements leading to their greater acceptance as a storage medium for pressurized alternative fuels (e.g. hydrogen). Inherent anisotropy and inhomogeneity of fiberreinforced composites usually induces functional failure (i.e. leakage) that precedes structural failure by bursting. Functional failure is attributed mainly to transverse matrix micro-cracking.

A paper based microfluidics device for E.coli detection from water

This project will result in the development of a simple, reliable, and rapid system for detecting E. coli bacteria in water for public health and environmental monitoring. We will use paper-based microfluidics fabricated by common laser-jet printing techniques. When E. coli is detected by the device, a color change becomes visible and can be quantified to estimate the bacteria count in water. The test will be commercialized for remote water testing applications.

Investigation of In-Situ Flux Effect on Hydride Properties in Zr-2.5Nb Pressure Tubes in CANDU Reactors

The main objective of this proposal is to investigate the effect of in-situ flux on the structure and fracture properties of zirconium hydrides in cold-worked Zr-2.5Nb pressure tube material. 3. Experimental Methodology Post Doctoral Fellow Name: Yasir Idrees 3.1 Material and Specimen Preparation An unirradiated, cold-worked Zr-2.5Nb pressure tube will be used for this work. A tube section will be hydrided to target hydrogen concentration of 150 ppm using an electrolytic hydriding and thermal diffusion technique.

Development of tests to assess GDL stability during MEA production

Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. is engaged in producing fuel cell stacks for automotive applications. The plant in Burnaby BC is the exclusive fuel cell manufacturer for Mercedes-Benz worldwide (marking the world's first large-scale production facility for automotive fuel cells.) The Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell Division (MBFC) has shown interest in active collaborations with Canadian universities and research institutes to advance manufacturing processes and engage leading Canadian scientists. In early 2013, an NSERC Engage grant enabled the first collaboration between MBFC and Dr.

Combined Building Integrated PV/Thermal (BIPV/T) Collector with Two-stage Variable Capacity Air Source Heat Pump for Net-Zero Energy Building Applications

Buildings account for approximately 55% of Toronto’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This is mainly due to space and water heating: approximately 42% of Toronto’s GHG emissions result from space and water heating alone. Thus, replacing natural gas boilers and furnaces with high efficiency technology supported by renewable resources has the potential to significantly lower GHG emissions.

Smarter Microelectronics Packaging for Performance Scaling

This research project will investigate materials and process behaviors in microelectronic packages that are become increasingly dense and explore novel alternatives to accommodate such densities. When more components are placed and interconnected with each other in smaller and smaller spaces, traditional materials and methods for package assembly become difficult, if not impossible, to replicate.

Experimental verification and development of model based machine condition assessment methodology

This project is a necessary step toward model development for machine condition assessment that is capable of both diagnosis and prognosis including root cause analysis. The analytical model, once validated and calibrated can serve as a baseline model or a template for the detection of machine health problems. Because of the details of a machine internal variables this model can provide, it can allow the root cause determination of machine faults.

Étude et augmentation de la conductivité thermique de caoutchoucs pour applications dynamiques

Soucy Techno est une entreprise manufacturière québecoise spécialisée dans le mélange de caoutchoucs et composites destinés à différentes applications, dont celles du secteur militaire, industriel, agricole, récréatif et minier. Un des besoins des clients de Soucy Techno est d’utiliser des caoutchoucs ayant une durabilité plus élevée en utilisation réelle. Un exemple de produit nécessitant cette amélioration est la chenille de caoutchouc – faite par Soucy International – destinée à la traction de véhicules militaires de 45 tonnes et plus.

Automated optimization of robotic tasks and transitions using graph-based approaches

In recent years, machining with robots has become a trend in the manufacturing industry. The concept offers an economical solution for medium to low accuracy machining applications. However, due to the complexity of the robot kinematics, planning for these paths is challenging. Jabez Technologies has developed a semi-graphical approach that can program large robot-paths. This approach has been very well received by the industry and has proven to be extremely robust in practice. However, this approach is semi-automatic and cannot work without user input.

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