Development and Demonstration Engine Technology for Class 8 Heavy Duty Trucks Fueled by Waste Hydrogen

Hydra Energy Corporation Commercial Demonstration Project will be based in Prince George, British Columbia 12.4 MT/day of waste hydrogen will be captured, purified and transported to an onsite hydrogen refueling station from which (at least) 53 Class 8 tractor-trailer trucks will refuel daily. Hydra’s demonstration project can provide a significant reduction in fleet greenhouse gas(GHG) emissions, Particulate Matter and other air emissions. Hydra is currently testing the first prototype dual-fuel hydrogen/diesel heavy-duty class 8 truck in North America.

Performance Analysis of a Network of Dual-Lane Roundabouts

Modern roundabouts have become a subject of great interest and attention over the last few years. Compared to regular signalized intersections, roundabouts have the potential to reduce vehicular delay & emissions and increase safety. The objectives of this study is to conduct an in depth analysis to examine the short and long term benefits of roundabouts from a multi modal perspective.

Performance Analysis of a Network of Dual-Lane Roundabouts

Modern roundabouts have become a subject of great interest and attention over the last few years. Compared to regular signalized intersections, roundabouts have the potential to reduce vehicular delay & emissions and increase safety. The objectives of this study is to conduct an in depth analysis to examine the short and long term benefits of roundabouts from a multi modal perspective.

Autonomous Sensor System for Monitoring Torque from the Flexplate - Year two

While torque is an important parameter in automotive performance, there are currently very few effective methods to monitor it in vehicles. The aim of this project is to develop a low-cost solution for real time engine torque monitoring. An autonomous sensor module will be developed and mounted to the flexplate connecting the engine and the transmission system in vehicles with wasted vibration energy in the flexplates being harnessed to power the sensor module.

Social welfare systems analysis of road capacity expansion options

Cintra Canada Inc. has conducted several research studies on the advantages of implementing managed lanes (lanes where operational/management strategies are implemented in response to varying travel demand/supply conditions) with the focus on the travel speeds, road capacity, and air quality benefits. However, no study to date, has conducted a comprehensive analysis of the system-wide welfare benefits/costs of managed lanes. Cintra, as one of the major providers of managed lanes in North America, is eager to understand the fundamental and broader implications of various managed lane options.

Segment-based Fleet Management System for Semi Real-Time Analysis

Traditional fleet management systems suffer from zone-based aggregation. i.e. they use aggregate zone-level road and terrain characteristics to estimate trip performance indicators. In addition, most of these systems require intermediate ad-hoc staging tables to generate trip performance reports. To address these limitations, this research aims at developing a segment-based fleet management system for near real-time analysis. The proposed approach uses static segmentation to associate road and terrain characteristics with each segment of the road network.

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.

Accelerating Roll-out of Electric Vehicles in the GTA

In Canada, the transport sector contributes to almost a quarter of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which are already having a dramatic effect on planetary climate systems. In the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) the share of transport sector emissions increases to over half of all GHG emissions. To help reduce greenhouse emissions from this sector, a number of new technologies (e.g. battery electric vehicles (EV) and buses, natural gas fueled buses) and community services (e.g. ridesharing) are proposed and being tested.

In-motion 3D Modeling and Image-based Metric Measurement of Vehicles using Laser Optics Technology

A laser-optics vehicle profiling system will be designed and developed in this project. The image of a laser line projected onto the surface of a vehicle from a vantage point will be used to make metric measurements on the vehicle and to develop a 3D model of it.
It is conjectured that this setup would work superior to the existing time-of-flight laser profilers in terms of accuracy, resolution, and speed of operation.
Multiple laser-optics scanners located at optimal locations in an inspection station can provide a panoramic 3D model of the vehicle and also provide measurements.

Spatial and Temporal Linear Induction Motor Harmonics

Linear Induction Motors (LIMs) are used in a significant portion of existing rail transport systems, and Bombardier Transport Canada Inc. is a global leader in the industry. LIMs will be ever more important in the future with the expansion of Maglevs globally. In this project, the intern will explore the mathematical models used in designing LIMs. The main objective will be improving the mathematical treatment in order to increase the efficiency of LIMs and eliminate or minimize undesirable effects such as overheating.

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