Optimizing Natural Fibre Quality for Industrial Applications

Natural fibres are abundant in Canada and have the potential to be used in a wide variety of biocomposites and industrial bioproducts. In order to develop a thriving biomaterials sector, the quality and consistency of this vast resource must be continually assessed and monitored to ensure a quality product can be delivered to end-users on a consistent basis.

Optimization of Hetnets for Urban and Built-up Environments

The provisioning of cellular networks and data services has become increasingly complex due to ever increasing demand for greater and faster services. Our research will contribute to a fundamental knowledge base into the operation of heterogeneous cellular networks using the built-up physical infrastructure (the buildings) of the University of Regina. A number of micro cellular sites have been installed on campus and their operation has been investigated within the larger macro cellular site which services the university and surrounding area.

Visualization of TBI Multimodal Brain Imaging Data

The increased incidence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its potentially serious long-term consequences have enormous clinical, societal and economic impacts in Canada. Yet despite its relatively high prevalence, TBI is one of the least understood neurological injuries. Emerging evidence shows that the effects of TBI are not transient and may be associated with significant long-term consequences on brain function. An impact to the head results in an immediate and direct insult to the brain, setting off a complex cascade of metabolic and neurochemical events.

Development of Li-Ion cells/batteries for low temperature applications

Increases in gasoline price and greenhouse gas emissions have spurred the growth of hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and pure electric vehicles (EVs). Rechargeable Li-ion batteries are the leading candidate for powering these vehicles due to their high energy and power density properties relative to other batteries. However, their energy and power capabilities are substantially reduced at low temperatures, posing a technical barrier for market penetration of HEVs and EVs.

Calibration and characterization of micro-spectrometer

Project will see the calibration and characterization of a next-generation spectrometer for advancing both atmospheric research and the Canadian space community by providing instruments for atmospheric research for UAVs and nanosatellites. Calibrating these spectrometers will give the science community a new way to monitor atmospheric gases such as greenhouse gas or pipeline leaks with the option of a low-mass, low-cost and reliable measurement from an airborne platform.

Sulfur deportment in ferronickel production via Rotary Kiln-Electric Furnace process

Pyrometallurgical processes have long been used for producing ferronickel alloy. Rotary kiln – Electric furnace (RKEF) is one of the most important technologies for producing ferronickel. The process involves partial reduction of the ore in the rotary kiln with the addition of fuels and reductants. During the process, some impurities present in the fuels and reductants are introduced to the rotary kiln product (clacine). The presence of impurities, especially sulfur would significantly affect physical and mechanical properties of product.

Development of a simulation model for prediction of performance of an anesthesia circuit using a novel CO2 separation system

Anesthesia is delivered to patients in vapour form, supplied via Mechanical ventilation in closed loop anesthesia circuit. This necessitates the removal of the carbon dioxide (CO2) produced during respiration. Currently, anesthesia circuits use granulate-based CO2 absorbents that react with CO2 to remove it from the gas stream. However, anesthetic vapours also react with the chemical absorber producing toxic bi-products that have been connected to negative patient outcomes. DMF Medical Inc. has developed an early stage prototype device that provides an alternative method for CO2 removal.

Geological controls on strainburst risk in deep mining drifts

A strainburst is a sudden violent failure of rock triggered around a tunnel boundary. They are often unpredictable and pose an extreme risk to workers in deep underground mines and tunnels. The goal of this project is to investigate the fundamental mechanisms by which these failures can occur. This knowledge will be used to better identify high risk environments and to design risk mitigation strategies that target site specific failure mechanisms.

Integration and Application of Microlens Arrays within Heads-Up Displays

Recon Instruments Inc. is a Canadian company, founded in 2008, that is based out of Vancouver, BC. Recon develops technologies to incorporate displays into eyewear. The company recently released a Heads-Up Display for snowboarding goggles and they have had great success with it. They have sold more than 40,000 of the units. The proposed project will leverage this success and develop new technologies to extend the functionality of Recon's displays.

Increasing harvestable berry yield using precision agriculture technologies

The overall objective of the proposed initiative is to develop a novel, berry harvesting system that will identify the root causes of increased loses; increase berry picking efficiency and product quality. Currently, there are 15 to 25% fruit yield losses during the harvesting. The wild blueberry growers set a goal increase the harvestable yields by 33%.