Virtual testing platform for design and optimization of cantilever-type sensors

Using a multiphysics approach, the intern will construct a model for the topological optimization of two distinct classes of cantilever-type sensors: one often encountered in the general industrial application and the other one customized for the specific needs of a biosensor. Altair Hyperworks will be the main software tool to be used for this particular type of optimization and the aforementioned type of sensors will be modeled and their behavior simulated in complex multiphysics conditions.

Design and Development of Unmanned Air Systems

Quaternion Engineering Inc. (QEI) is developing a series of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) optimized to address the growing demand for low cost, turnkey commercial and military solutions. Recent market research has shown an emerging commercial market for UAVs in applications such as small scale surveillance, remote sensing and inspection. As this market emerges there will be a large demand for affordable application specific unmanned systems that are easy and inexpensive to operate. Currently, Canada has relatively modest capabilities in terms of UAS and UAV development.

Improving Metallic Yield in a Steel Rolling Plant through Optimization

The objective of this project is to use optimization to improve metallic yield (the percentage of raw material that ends up as usable product) in an ArcelorMital Steel Rolling Plant. The metallic yield of the rolling operations depends upon the length of billets from which the final product is manufactured. Ideally, a single customer order would be filled using billets of precisely the length that would yield the minimum achievable amount of scrap.

Multi-objective Topology Optimization of an Automotive Cradle

A cradle is a separate structure from automotive chassis, which is used to support the powertrain and suspension system. With the application of cradle structure, the noise and vibration transmitted to passengers will be reduced and the stiffness of attachments will be increased. In other words, the riding comfort and the product reliability are improved. The research project is to design and optimize an automotive cradle considering five dominant performance requirements: local static stiffness, crashworthiness, NVH, durability and weight.

Research and implementation of Haptics Device Integration With a Dynamics Simulation Engine and Applications to Milling and Drilling Force Feedback

Virtual environments represented by multibody system models play an important role in many applications. Adding the possibility of the user directly interacting with such environments via physical touch using haptics can significantly enhance the usability and range of application of simulated environments.

Effects of Nozzle Design and Tool Rotational Speed on MQL Performance in Machining of Aerospace Materials

Minimum Quantity Lubrication (MQL) is a new technology used nowadays in machining processes and is very promising for near dry machining. Compared to dry machining and flood machining processes MQL  has clear economical and ecological advantages. However, MQL implementation is still applied using a trial and error approach. Limited research work has been done on evaluating the effect of MQL on product quality, especially, in aerospace materials (composites and difficult to cut materials like Inconel).

Mapping Ontario’s NanoTechnology Industry

The purpose of this research project is to collect data on the actors with an interest in nanotechnology – including suppliers, users, researchers, associations and others in order to better understand the networks of innovation and to support NanoOntario’s efforts to facilitate the development of innovation networks and advance nanotechnology.