Calibration of a Novel Orifice Plate Flow-meter

Accurate measurements of mass flow rate in a pipe is crucial to virtually every industrial process where a fluid is moved from place to place. The velocity measured in a pipe is often determined by measuring the pressure drop over an orifice plate. Once this orifice plate is properly calibrated, the velocity and in turn, the mass flow through the pipe can be calculated. A downside of the orifice plates is that the plates need to be calibrated. Proper calibration of the orifice plate is essential so that that mass flow rate can be accurately predicted using the pressure drop measurements.

Magneto-Rheological Actuator for Active Vehicle Suspensions - Year two

Increased interest in active vehicle suspensions has been shown in recent years as active suspensions improve ride comfort and handling over passive suspensions. Active suspensions replace passive fluidic dampers with highly controllable actuators to minimize transmission of road induced disturbances and actively control vehicle’s roll and pitch. However, integration of active suspensions in vehicles is hindered by conventional actuators that do not meet requirements of cost, bandwidth, weight, power consumption and reliability.

Fast predictive design of preforms, patterns, darts and ply book for non-structural aerospace composites

The project deals with the production of non-structural composite interior coverings for aircraft and other vehicles. Producing such interior coverings in Canada requires very good mastery of manufacturing processes in order to contain costs. Target times for preform preparation are of the order of minutes and manufacturing processes remain largely manual. Competition from emerging countries requires better knowledge applied to workmanship in preforming in Canada, and a very fast design process when to support tendering.

Acoustics Modeling of ecoCUBE

Emissions control is an important part of any environmental policy. However, in dense urban environments and other locations, it is important to deal with sound as well. To ensure effective pollutant mitigation while also ensuring minimal acoustic disturbance, it is necessary to look at computer models that look at these factors simultaneously. This work will provide SPI with tools necessary for acoustic models while ensuring that their current products meet environmental requirements.

Development of an Equity Risk Score System and Interest Rate Shock Modelling for Value-at-Risk Computation

The objective of this research is twofold: to improve existing risk management framework to assess interest rate shocks, and to develop a new risk factor model to create an equity risk score system to help guide investment decisions.
The first part of this research project involves the development of an equity risk score system to better evaluate the quality of an investment.

Life-cycle cost analysis of compressed air energy storage systems

The proposed internship aims to study how the performance and the reliability of mechanical energy storage systems influence their life-cycle cost (LCC), including the acquisition cost, the maintenance, and the energy costs. First, the effect of the variation of the design parameters on the performance and acquisition cost of the product will be assessed. Second, the effect of materials and processes on the reliability and the LCC of product will be studied. Lastly, the energy cost associated with the operation of the product will be analyzed.

Limb sparing in dogs using patient-specific endoprostheses and cutting guides: design, manufacture and validation

Osteosarcoma at the wrist joint is the most common type of bone cancer in dogs. Each year over 10 000 dogs are affected. To date, several surgical techniques exist to treat patients suffering from this disease. Unfortunately, complication rates subsequent to surgery remain elevated.
We propose a workflow that allows the portion of the wrist affected by the tumor to be replaced with a 3D printed personalized limb.

Mitigating the risks associated with radio-frequency cardiac ablation

A cardiac arrhythmia is defined as an abnormal heartbeat which happens when the patient’s heart beats too fast, too slow, or in other irregular patterns. Although arrhythmia can occur without any symptoms, it is typically associated with heart palpitations, chest pains, fainting or heart failure. One type of treatment option is an interventional catheter-based procedure, which involves a technique called cardiac ablation. In such procedures, a catheter is advanced from the groin area into the heart.

Magneto-Rheological Shimmy Damper

During taxiing, takeoff or landing, parts of the landing gear of a commercial plane can undesirably oscillate. This is often the cause of premature wear of certain components. To reduce the impact of this phenomenon, the landing gear designers integrate mechanical elements whose function is to dissipate the kinetic energy associated with these undesirable oscillations. The objective of this project is to design an actuator using magneto-rheological fluid to replace these mechanical elements of the landing gear.

Haptic Trim Actuator Test Bench Qualification for Safety of Flight

Exonetik and Bell Helicopter are developing a new technology providing force feedback to helicopter pilots, improving both safety and quality of flight. The technology will soon be tested in flight but preliminary qualification tests in laboratory must first be performed. In collaboration with Exonetik engineers, the intern will participate in the planning and execution of these qualification test as well as interpreting results and proposing design modifications as needed.