Analyse comparative d’une formation en présentiel et d’une formation basée sur un jeu sérieux dans le cadre d’Hydro-Québec

Depuis quinze ans, Hydro-Québec organise des formations sur l’Initiation au code de sécurité des travaux Postes et centrales et Initiation aux risques d'induction, mise à la terre et foudre. Ces formations de trois jours s’adressent à toute personne appelée à intervenir chez Hydro-Québec. Visant un meilleur coût d’opportunité, Hydro-Québec a choisi d’intégrer une nouvelle modalité de formation constituée de deux jours de jeu sérieux suivis d’une journée en présentiel. Les jeux sérieux sont des jeux vidéo adaptés à l’enseignement.

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

Zr-2.5Nb pressure tubes used in CANDU reactors are susceptible to hydride cracking-induced crack initiation mechanisms, a.k.a delayed hydride cracking or DHC and overload crack initiation. For the integrity assessment of CANDU pressure tubes, it is required to evaluate the likelihood of DHC and overload crack initiation from serviceinduced flaws and to determine whether the pressure tubes are still fit for continued service. The main focus of this proposal is to evaluate the effect of in-situ flux effect on the structure and fracture properties of zirconium hydrides.

Development of New Modeling Tools for Cathodic Protection of Galvanized Structures

Corrosion of electric power transmission and distribution (T&D) lines is a primary cause of in-service equipment degradation. This project aims at analysis, design, and implementation of efficient methods to mitigate the corrosion at T&D infrastructure assets to significantly improve the life span of aging structures, and to develop an accurate design tool for future developments.

Developing a newly tunable Phase-Mask Interferometer for Fiber Bragg Grating inscription

Fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) have attracted considerable interest in the past three decades as a key technology in different applications. The intention of this project is to develop a FBG writing technique based on a scanning tunable Phase-Mask Interferometer using different UV lasers. The project includes optimizing the tunability of the interferometer, and analyzing the specific problem situations encountered in the process in order to develop the interrogation methods of the proposed technique.

Smart Water Distribution Systems to Conserve Energy and Water Year Two

Municipal water supply pumps consume a large amount of energy and have been shown through field testing to operate at efficiencies of approximately 10% less than their original condition on average. A proprietary technique for the optimal selection of pump combinations has been preliminarily developed and can be applied without any capital improvements to the system, but rather just the implementation of affordable sensing equipment and changes to operational logic of the pumps.

Perfectionnement des outils et pratiques de modélisation hydrologique pour l’évaluation des impacts des changements climatiques sur les régimes hydriques québécois

Les variations anticipées du climat pourraient venir perturber substantiellement le régime hydrique québécois, appelant les acteurs locaux de l’eau à redéfinir leurs modes de gestion ainsi qu’à mettre en place des stratégies d’adaptation. Les travaux engagés dans ce sens, initiés dans le début des années 2000 par Hydro-Québec, s’appuient dorénavant sur une collaboration (cQ2 : Hydro-Québec, CEHQ, Rio Tinto Alcan, Ouranos) visant à diffuser un message complet et cohérent quant au diagnostic des impacts sur les régimes hydriques en s’appuyant sur des bases scientifiques solides.

Advanced Computational Algorithms for Transient Stability Simulation Using Dynamic Phasors

The main objective of the proposed research project is to develop a new transient stability simulation method based on advanced computational and modeling techniques that is both fast and accurate. Transient stability studies are an important part of system planning and operation as they ensure that a system will maintain stable operation following severe disturbances. However, traditional simulation techniques were not designed for the size and complexity of modern power systems.

GOWL-Edit, un assistant logiciel pour l’édition graphique d’ontologies OWL 2, de requêtes SPARQL et de règles SWRL (Semantic Web Rules Language) dans la syntaxe G-OWL étendue

L’Institut de Recherche en Électricité du Québec (IREQ), qui est le centre de recherche d’Hydro-Québec, a pris le virage des technologies du web sémantique depuis quelques années. L’IREQ doit gérer une quantité énorme d’informations provenant de ses équipements réparties dans tous le Québec. Les chercheurs de l’IREQ ont notamment choisis les technologies du web sémantique afin de faciliter la cueillette et la gestion des informations. Au coeur des technologies de web sémantique réside une pile langagière qui permet de textuellement coder les informations et la sémantique qui s’y rattache.

Improving the efficiency of the supersonic binary fluid ejector using computational fluid dynamic modeling

The only commercially available technology that directly uses thermal energy to produce cooling is absorption chillers, which are not economical for small-medium scale buildings (<100,000 sq.ft.) and suffer from serious performance
limitations. May-Ruben Thermal Solutions (MRTS) is developing a novel Binary Fluid Ejector (BFE) that will provide a high-performance, economic, scalable, thermally-driven heat pump and refrigeration cycle. Early applications include

Impacts of hydroelectricity production on aquatic ecosystems: Development of key environmental indicators for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach

In boreal and temperate regions, dams are mainly constructed to provide ecosystem services such as hydroelectricity production. River impoundment and the alteration of natural hydrological regimes are suggested to be major disturbances to aquatic ecosystems. To meet long-term environmental objectives for sustainable development, Hydro-Quebec recently adopted the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach. LCA is an ISO standardized approach assessing the potential environmental impacts of product, services and processes throughout its entire life cycle.

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