Recent Research Projects

Reinforcing effect of Cellulose Nanocrystals on Polyamide-6 polymeric nano-composite films and electrospun composite nano-fiber yarns

2017/18-2018/19 • $60,000 • PI,CO
Forest products industry is closely affected from the economic conditions and the markets. Consequently, new markets that seek innovative products and high value added novel materials are crucial for the future of forest sector in Canada. Among these products, cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) and...

Multifunctional shape memory polymer composites: laboratory to reality via additive manufacturing

2018/19 • $39,000 • PI
Shape memory polymers (SMP) can store a temporary shape and restore their original shape upon application of an external stimulus, such as heat. SMP offer important advantages over other shape memory materials, such as shape memory alloys. Some of these advantages are lightweight, relatively...

Advanced well cementing materials for improved life and environmental impact

2014/15-2017/18 • $235,946 • PI,CO
Sanjel is a Canadian owned company that largely competes against multi-national foreign owned companies to service oil and gas wells in the Alberta oil sands region. Oil wells, such as Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) wells or Cyclic Steam Stimulations (CSS) wells, are subjected to steam...

Shape Memory Polymer Composites with Complex Fibre Architectures

2012/13-2017/18 • $138,000 • PI
Shape Memory Polymers (SMPs) can store a temporary shape and then be restored to their original shape upon application of an external stimulus, such as heat. SMPs offer important advantages over other shape memory materials, such as lightweight, high strain recover-ability, and easier tailorable...

3-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING WITH SHAPE MEMORY POLYMERS

2015/16 • $25,000 • PI
Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) is an additive manufacturing technology. FDM, also known as 3-Dimensional (3D) printing, is a rapidly growing technology with numerous applications around the world. The majority of companies work with FDM Machines design and test their machines to work with...

Twin screw extruder for the facile fabrication of novel functional polymeric and composite materials

2014/15 • $150,000 • PI,CO
Novel materials with unprecedented properties are often produced by the selective blending of components with complimentary, and sometimes contrasting, properties. For example, blends of immiscible polymers are frequently used in the automotive industry where an optimal balance of impact...

INVESTIGATING THE EFFECT OF TEMPERATURE ON RING STUFFING BOX PACKINGS OF BELL INDUSTRIES TO ACCOUNT FOR CHANGING WORKING CONDITIONS

2014/15 • $25,000 • PI
Bell Industries is an Edmonton-based company working in the energy industry since 1962. Bell Industries has its own line of polymeric-based products. One of these products is the ring stuffing box packings that is used for sealing rods and pistons at elevated temperatures and pressures. The ring...

Micro-injection molding for smart materials, advanced composites, MEMS and microfluidics

2013/14 • $150,000 • PI,CO
This application supports the acquisition of a micro-injection molder, capable of precision injection of thermoplastics, elastomers and composite materials based on carbon, nano crystalline cellulose (NCC) and ceramic-in-polymers for microstructured materials. The translation of novel ideas and...

Instruments for optical fibre sensor characterization and prototyping

2013/14 • $43,877 • PI,CO
The requested equipment is required for prototyping, characterization and application of prototype optical fibre sensors in the areas of injury biomechanics, composite materials and fuel-cell design. The requested equipment will be central in all aspects of sensor development and will be crucial...

Patents

FILTERS FOR MIMICKING REGIONAL LUNG DEPOSITION

A filter for mimicking regional lung deposition is provided that includes filter layers of fibrous filter material stacked coaxially and an outer ring portion encircling the fibrous filter material and securing the filter layers together. The fibrous filter material is formed for fibers having a fiber diameter, and the filter has a tunable filter efficiency. A regional lung deposition system capable of measuring constant flow or variable flow is provided that includes a throat simulation...
Related applications: WO2018CA51568, EP20180885912