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Touch Point Finger Pad Digitizer
Background Significant advancements have been made in non-clinical surgical training simulations - virtual reality, robotics and computer simulations have enabled a wide range of skills to be practiced and tested. However, there is still significant interest in finding ways to monitor learning progress and confirm proficiency. A surgical trainee ha...
The Angular Propulsion Engine
Background Waste gas streams are found in numerous industrial settings, such as petroleum operations, municipal solid waste management, and waste water treatment. Carbon dioxide and methane are examples of waste gas generated from process steps including the combustion of fossil fuels and ethanol fermentation. Waste gas from these operations are fl...
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Ultrasonic Interface Detector
Background: Ultrasonic level sensors are commonly used in industry. These sensors generally provide low-cost and accurate level measurements with certain important features and benefits. They are well suited for simple monitoring of liquid and solid levels. However, ultrasonic sensors actually measure the time it takes a signal to travel out and ba...
A Retrofit Wireless Sensor System for Industrial Plants
Background: In safety-critical industrial plants, such as oil and gas refineries, chemical processing plants and power generation plants, the requirements on the reliability of critical sensors are extremely high. Such sensors are typically wired and are used for emergency shutdown decision-making, process control or monitoring. Since these sensors...
Rice Straw Agri-Silica
Background: Rice is one of the most prevalent food crops in the world. In 2005, the International Rice Research Institute estimated global production at 618 million tonnes. Each tonne of rice produces an equal amount of straw and 200 kg of husk as bi-products. In many countries, the rice straw bi-product is burned in open fields, generating smoke a...
Optimal Utilization of a Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Farm During Night-Time
Background: The capricious nature of energy production from renewable sources, especially wind power, as well as variable consumer demand poses a number of challenges to utilities. As renewable energy generation sources proliferate and become more distributed, voltage regulation becomes a major issue. At times when energy generation exceeds the loa...
Biological Nutrient Removal by Modified MBR System
Background: In response to increasingly stringent effluent nutrient criteria resulting from deteriorating surface water quality, biological nutrient removal (BNR) processes have become increasingly popular. In BNR processes, nitrogen and phosphorus can be removed simultaneously. These BNR processes employ a combination of anaerobic, anoxic and aero...
Synthesis of Thin Film Vanadium Oxide (VO2)
Introduction: This project involves refining a synthesis of thin films of solid state Vanadium Oxide (VO2) using sol-gel methods. By precisely controlling the processing conditions, (baking temperature, ambient gas in the oven, baking time, solvent etc.), VO2 films can be synthesized that are highly resistant to oxidation. Current published methods...
A Magneto-Rheological-Based Actuation System
Background: With current means of actuation, very few options exist that provide multiple degrees of freedom (DOF) and move independently without the addition of multiple motors. For instance, conventional means of safely actuating robotic devices involve the use of specially modified servo motors at each joint to control motion. In most applicatio...
A Magneto-Rheological-Based Clutch System for Robots
Background: The new frontier in the development of industrial automation lies in the area of small and medium enterprises where robots will be required to work in close proximity to human counterparts. Conventional means of safely actuating robotic manipulators involve the use of specially modified servo motors at each joint to regulate motion, in ...

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