Senior Design Clinic
Senior Clinic projects are completed by third and fourth year students. Projects typically include design and optimization of systems in a wide variety of applications but must be related to renewable energy; bioresources; sensors, optics, and imaging; robotics and industrial automation; or, advanced manufacturing.
Project Timeline: September – April
Cost to Partner: $10,000 plus prototyping material
Intellectual Property: Retained by project partner
Senior Clinic Projects, 2017—2018
Client: UPEI Atlantic Veterinary College, Charlottetown PE
Project: A project to analyze and optimize the design of the Aquatic facility’s effluent management system. Additionally, the team is identifying opportunities to migrate from chlorination to ozone treatment.
Client: Aspin Kemp & Associates Inc.
Project: This organization works with a large volume and variety of energy storage technologies. To streamline the process of evaluating these components, the student team is designing and building a test bay to analyze information such as component performance, charging/discharging rate measurements, and life expectancy.
Client: BioVectra Inc., Charlottetown PE
Project: Between process runs, the equipment supporting a key manufacturing line requires considerable time and labour to clean. This project involves the design a Clean in Place system incorporating automation to reduce labour time and increase process standardization.
Client: Cavendish Farms, New Annan PE
Project: For this project, students are designing a system to measure, in real time, the % of starch in the facility's processing water prior to and after the starch recovery process. This information will be used by Cavendish Farms for operational improvements.
Client: City of Summerside, Summerside PE
Project: To promote awareness of renewable energy and energy storage, the student team is designing a display unit to demonstrate these technologies. This unit will be interactive, interesting, and educational.
Client: Intempco Controls Inc, Montreal QC
Project: This project involves the design of an environmental chamber capable of simulating various relative humidity and temperature controls. The team is being challenged with creating a stable design at a reasonable cost to produce.
Client: Parks Canada, Charlottetown PE
Project: With the multi-year closure of Province House for renovations, the students are creating a virtual reality tour of this historic site. Users will learn about the original building construction and the restoration activities and challenges. To aid with the project’s animation, the student team is collaborating with students at the University of Trinidad and Tobago.
Client: Redrock Power Systems, Charlottetown PE
Project: Redrock is redesigning traditional fuel cells for use in the marine industry. To support this initiative, the student team is working on the fuel recirculation process, specifically designing a suitable jet pump.
Client: Royal Products, Long Island NY
Project: The students working on this project are designing a system to manage finished parts coming off a CNC lathe. This system must be adaptable to CNC lathes from different manufacturers, be capable of managing different production variables, and also have a feasible manufactured cost.
Client: Special Operations Forces Command, DRDC Valcaritier QC
Project: With the advent of high quality/high frame video sensors, more advanced testing procedures are required. In response, the student team is designing a test bench to measure the auto-gain recovery and motion blur of video sensors.
Global Clinic: Chak No. 232/HBO Tehsil and District Jhang Punjab Pakistan
Project: Wastewater treatment systems in rural Pakistani households are non-existent and the lack of waste treatment has a significant impact on human health. The students working on this project are designing options for cost effective household based wastewater management, keeping in mind the complexities of implementation and maintenance in this country.