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FESNS project summaries

Supervisors

Hossam GaberMarkus PiroDaniel HoornwegGlenn Harvel

 

Supervisor name: Hossam Gaber
Project title: Study of Nuclear Renewable Hybrid Energy System for Transportation Electrification

Summary of research project: This project is focusing on the development of industrial scale nuclear-renewable hybrid energy systems for transportation electrification. It will include the definition of number of configuration scenarios and control strategies for selected regions with performance evaluation and optimization. Modeling and simulation will be used to evaluate and optimize scenarios and design and operation parameters.

Student responsibilities/tasks:

  • Literature review of different nuclear-renewable hybrid energy system configuration scenarios and performance measures.
  • Modeling and simulation of the proposed scenarios with control strategies and assess optimization criteria in view of design and operation parameters.
  • Analysis of regional data and assess the application of the proposed scenarios on the selected case studies and regions.

Student qualifications required:

  • Ability to conduct literature review on energy systems, technologies, demand profiles, and policies
  • Understanding of energy systems and technologies
  • Ability to assess different technologies
  • Ability to develop simulation models with Matlab or other tools
  • Ability to conduct analysis of electrical, thermal, control systems and models

Expected training/skills to be received by the Student:

  • Energy modeling with Matlab, HOMER
  • Analysis of energy demand and generation profiles
  • Lifecycle assessment and cost analysis
  • Development and evaluation of control strategies

Length of award: 16 weeks

Available Award: Ontario Tech STAR Award or NSERC USRA

 

Supervisor name: Markus Piro
Project title: Thermo-oxidation Measurements of Accident Tolerant Nuclear Fuel Cladding

Summary of research project: Following the events of the Fukushima-Daiichi accident, there has been great interest in the nuclear industry to develop Accident Tolerant Fuel (ATF) technologies. This project will involve thermo-oxidation experiments of an ATF candidate material in high temperature steam in collaboration with the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. The primary objective of this design is to have a minor change to an existing technology that will significantly reduce oxidation kinetics in the event of an accident, thereby providing operators more coping time.

Student responsibilities/tasks:

  • The Student will be expected to prepare material samples, operate the equipment, contribute to a report, participate in industry meetings, and conduct themselves in a manner that is becoming of a professional engineer.
  • The Student will take multiple safety training modules (online and in-person) and on how to use the equipment.
  • They will be working in a team environment.

Student qualifications required:

  • 3rd/4th year student from an engineering program
  • B average or higher
  • Good communication skills
  • Great team player

Expected training/skills to be received by the Student:

  • Basic lab safety
  • Radiation safety
  • Compressed gas safety
  • Lab-specific training, including the use of a state-of-the-art Simultaneous Thermal Analyzer

Length of award: 16 weeks

Available Award: Ontario Tech STAR Award or NSERC USRA

 

Supervisor name: Daniel Hoornweg
Project title: Energy and Material Flows of African Cities

Summary of research project: Five key cities in Africa will be selected for estimation and analysis of detailed energy and material flows, especially GHG emissions today and projected to 2050.

Student responsibilities/tasks:

  • The Student will use existing literature and industry standards to estimate energy use (electricity, transportation, industry, cooking and buildings) and material flows, such as water, waste, and food.
  • Today’s estimates will be projected to 2050 based on population and economic changes.

Student qualifications required:

  • Ideally, the Student will have completed:
    • Third year, or above
    • A statistics course
  • Be in a program of engineering, science, environment, and have an interest in quantifying climate change and sustainability issues.

Expected training/skills to be received by the Student:

  • A special session with instructors and other peer researchers.
  • Webinars and calls with World Bank, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and International Energy Association (IEA)
  • Provided articles and webinars

Length of award: 16 weeks

Available Award: Ontario Tech STAR Award or NSERC USRA

 

Supervisor name: Glenn Harvel
Project title: Tools for Assessing Nuclear Plant Work

Summary of research project: During Operations and Maintenance of nuclear power plants, there are several challenges to successfully completing work to quality in a timely and safe manner such as planning, safety, and resource availability.  During decommissioning, the time component can be relaxed, yet work planning can be impacted by planning, safety, tooling and materials.  This work will consider tools that improve work performance under either operating or decommissioning activities.  This includes assessing existing tools for planning, machine learning, tracking of tools, and materials.  Examples include review of planning tools, SMART tools, feedback mechanisms, communication systems, and sensing systems.

Student responsibilities/tasks:

The successful applicant will perform the following activities:

  • Thorough literature review of techniques currently in use
  • Review of current practices used in industry
  • Establishment of a decision matrix for tool selection
  • Identify path forward for additional research
  • Writing a summer research report
  • Note: simple coding or experiments in the lab may be needed.

Student qualifications required: - Completion of 3rd year nuclear engineering program

Expected training/skills to be received by the Student:

  • Student will develop enhanced knowledge of current maintenance practices
  • Student will develop enhanced knowledge of machine learning, AI, and sensing tools that may benefit maintenance
  • Student will develop knowledge in the practices for decommissioning of a nuclear power plant

 Length of award: 16 weeks

Available Award: Ontario Tech STAR Award or NSERC USRA