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Building Information Modelling

2014/15-2019/20 • $2,231,522
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a process that is radically impacting the construction industryworldwide. It enables businesses to envisage the construction of a facility virtually, prior to its actual physicalconstruction, in order to identify problems, simulate challenges, analyze...

NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Fractured Rock Contaminant Hydrology

2018/19-2019/20 • $948,203
Groundwater in sedimentary bedrock (i.e., bedrock aquifers) is the most important source of fresh water in*Canada and globally; however, many of these aquifers are polluted due to a large variety of human activities.*Chlorinated organic solvents are the most common industrial contaminant found...

Field Testing of Novel Technologies for Restoring Challenging Contaminated Sites

2019/20 • $151,600
Cleaning up contaminated sites in Canada is a significant challenge, in part due to the limited cost effective technologies that can efficiently reduce contamination to safe levels. This is a particular challenge when impermeable soils, such as clay and silts, are contaminated. The use of...

Polyethylene Fluidized Bed Reactor Fouling Due to Electrostatic Charging

2019/20 • $8,763
One major problem in gas-solid fluidized bed reactors is particle agglomeration and reactor wall fouling, which is known to be as a result of generation of electrostatic charges due to vigorous mixing of solid particles in such systems. The significant impact of this phenomenon has been reported...

Field Testing of Novel Technologies for Restoring Challenging Contaminated Sites**

2018/19 • $80,904
Cleaning up contaminated sites in Canada is a significant challenge, in part due to the limited cost effective technologies that can efficiently reduce contamination to safe levels. This is a particular challenge when impermeable soils, such as clay and silts, are contaminated. The use of...

NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Groundwater Contamination in Fractured Media

2012/13-2017/18 • $3,475,000
This proposal requests the renewal (second term: 2012-2017) of a Senior NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Groundwater Contamination in Fractured Media for Dr. Beth Parker, School of Engineering, University of Guelph. The IRC research program aims to i) develop a better understanding of the...

Investigation of reactor wall coating due to electrostatic charging in a pilot plant high-pressure gas-solid fluidization system.

2015/16-2016/17 • $30,500
One major problem in gas-solid fluidized bed reactors is particle agglomeration and reactor wall fouling, which is known to be as a result of generation of electrostatic charges due to vigorous mixing of solid particles in such systems. The significant impact of this phenomenon has been reported...

Expanding Cellulose Ether Applications in Food through the Incorporation of Nanocellulose

2016/17 • $25,000
Dow is the world's leading manufacturer of plastics, chemicals, and agricultural products. Dow would like touse cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) to extend the use of their polymers in food applications. CNCs arenon-toxic, organic, rigid rod shaped particles from wood pulp that possess favourable...

Nanofluidic platform for emulsion stability

2014/15 • $25,000
Emulsions pose serious engineering challenges in petroleum industry. Crude oils always contain some water, most of which in form of large lenses that can be easily removed. During production, when oil flows through wellbores, valves, and pump impellers, due to vigorous agitation and with the...

Assessment of nZVI synthesis and mobility at a field trial

2011/12-2013/14 • $115,869
The use of nanoscale zero valent iron (nZVI) for remediation of contaminated sites has received significant attention in part due to the ability of nZVI to rapidly transform contaminants in controlled laboratory experiments. One problem that has hampered the widespread implementation of nZVI is...

Mixture model based batch process monitoring and fault diagnosis for sustainable manufacturing

2012/13 • $17,851
Industrial manufacturing is facing significant challenges on sustainable resources, energy, environment and profits. Batch or semi-batch processes have been widely applied to different industries including energy, chemical, materials, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and food...

Development of nanometals for source zone remediation

2010/11 • $120,310
Environment Canada estimates that 29% of the population consumes groundwater as their domestic water so protection of this resource is essential to the health and well-being of Canadians. Historically, the subsurface was thought to act as a natural filter of wastes injected into the ground. The...

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