Energy Harvesting and Power Management Techniques for Hybrid Powered Wearable Devices

Bigmotion Inc. was created to develop wearable health monitoring sensors and service the ‘at-home’ care segment of the elder care market. This project involves studying of existing literature and development of novel solutions for
power management and energy harvesting for the product including tracking and fall detection systems using hybridpower.

Production Line Packaging Sensor Validation and Optimization

This research project brings together current academia and a vibrant, growing commercial enterprise to solve real world problems. The industry partner has recently developed a high-tech, sensor-based diagnostic tool which will be evaluated by the graduate student intern. The capabilities and features of the tool will be extended through the innovative, collaborative design efforts of the intern and the industrial partner. Additionally, savings of time and material are anticipated from the improvements in enclosure design and manufacturing.

High Efficiency PFC Rectifier using Wide Band Gap Power Device

The energy-hungry telecomm industry is in need of power supplies with ever-increasing efficiencies to conserve energy and reduce carbon footprint. In collaboration with the industry partner, the proposed research project aims at developing a power factor correction (PFC) system, an essential component in a telecomm power supply, for achieving efficiency of 99% or above. The project will make use of emerging power semiconductors with superior characteristics to build a PFC circuit using one of the most promising circuit structures.

Hydrogen Storage in Two-Dimensional Layered Nanomaterials: Characterization - Year Two

In this project, we will develop solid-state hydrogen storage materials for the potential applications of fuel cell electric vehicles. Based on the most cutting-edge achievements in related fields, two categories of two-dimensional layered nanomaterials are proposed. Their hydrogen storage capabilities will be elaborated by in-depth characterization of material structure and hydrogen storage properties.

Development and improvement of design manuals and analysis tools for Polymer Matrix Composites (PMC’s) in gas turbine engine applications

Non-metallic technologies, including composite materials, have the potential to improve aircraft engines performances and fuel efficiency, and therefore gained a lot of popularity in the aerospace sector in the past decades. Therefore, the overall objective of this research project is to develop an understanding of all available non-metallic technologies, their maturity and value proposition when applied to Pratt & Whitney Canada engines. The intern will contribute to accelerate the development and incorporation of specific non-metallic components in Pratt & Whitney engines.

Advanced Methodology for Grid-to-Rod Fretting Modeling

The research project provides for the advancement of knowledge of and methodology for fretting phenomena modeling specific to nuclear fuel rod systems to preclude component failures. Grid-to-rod-fretting (GTRF) remains the most common cause of fuel rod failures and associated performance issues in pressurized water reactors (PWR). GTRF denotes the deterioration of the surface integrity of nuclear fuel rods and supporting spacer grid systems attributed to the cumulative effects of surface contact dynamics.

Hydrogen Storage in Two-Dimensional Layered Nanomaterials: Synthesis - Year Two

The objective of the proposed research is to investigate novel solid-state materials that have potential for hydrogen storage applications in fuel cell electric vehicles. Of interest are materials that can store hydrogen at ambient conditions and low pressures, have high gravimetric and volumetric hydrogen capacities, and can be safely packed into a hydrogen storage tank for automotive use. The research will focus on assessing the feasibility of threedimensional structures consisting of two-dimensional layered nanomaterials such as graphene as viable media to store hydrogen.

Characterization of a novel personal aerosol measurement device

Fine particulate air pollution is recognized as causing health problems globally, but health researchers are just starting to understand where people receive their exposure, which will influence policies and regulations. There is a need for size-resolved particle measurements using a device that can be carried easily by a person. Nanozen has built such a device, and it could be used also for workplace ventilation control. However, first the sensor response to a wide range of particle sizes and compositions must characterized.

Powder Morphology Effect Assessment on Cold Spray Process for Repair and Additive Manufacturing Applications

Cold Spray is a coating additive manufacturing process relying on the particle kinetic, with particles plastically deforming upon impact with the substrate and adhering to it. While the production of thin aluminum/aluminum alloys coatings (below 1mm) by Cold Spray is fairly common, the production of thick coatings (> 1mm) and large net-shape parts has been more challenging. Equispheres patent-pending atomization technology produces free-flowing, uniform spherical metal powders, with narrow particle size distribution, excellent sphericity and flowability.

Framework Design and Prototyping of a Personal Task and Time Management Mentor Package with A Dynamic, Multi-facet, Data-oriented and Associative Engineering Management Method

There have been many new operational drivers that require changes to the traditional training processes in small and medium companies, i.e. the advancement of technology, the mass retirement of the baby boomer generation, and the ever more dynamically-changing values of the web-generation workforce. Dealing with bridging the skill gaps may deem to uproot the company paradigm and demand for a new and more efficient model. Is there a solution to reduce the growing pain of workforce renewal?

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