Centre of Applied Research and Innovation – CARI
Applied research is the method for the application of scientific and/or technical knowledge, improvements or discoveries (basic research) that can be used to find solutions to solve practical problems to real world situations. Project topics are from various business sectors where a solution can be quantified and implemented and have a direct impact on the sustainability of a company.
What do we mean by applied research at Georgian?
- Applied research project collaboration provides access to Georgian’s resources including various funding opportunities.
- Applied research activities through CARI are another way Georgian College provides its students with experiences and opportunities to be in the forefront of innovation.
Areas of research
- Sustainable technologies, including solar and electric vehicles
- Energy management
- Environmental systems
- Proof of principal and testing
- Product, processes, and prototype development
How we can help
- Identify/qualify new technologies or practices suitable to solve an issue or difficulty
- Implementation of existing technologies
- Adopt new technologies or practices
- Improve on existing products, processes, or technologies
- Evaluate practices, services, or products
- Assist in the development of products/processes or technologies
Applied research projects recently completed by CARI
Aquaform Pool Products Inc.
- Georgian College helped Aquaform Pool Products Inc. to redevelop their product with more suitable materials in order to decrease production costs, simplify manufacturing, and reduce the high start-up cost.
- After evaluating the original design and materials, the parts were re-designed for manufacturability then prototyped using the college’s rapid prototype, then assembled to create a full mock-up that was used to evaluate the strength and viability of the design.
- The outcome of the project allowed the company to reassess their manufacturing process and find suppliers for the newly designed components making their product more suitable for the market.
“Georgian’s research efforts have paved the way to the commercialization of EnvirAnode. We anticipate dramatically higher sales during the next calendar year.”
–Todd Sirola, COO SAE Inc.
Deep well anode
- SAE Inc. developed a patent pending material which they intend to use to protect oil pipelines from corrosion.
- This project addressed the issues of manufacturing processes, and aimed to improve the technology to be sound and cost effective.
- Preliminary research was carried out to determine the necessary parameters that would meet the performance requirements.
- The intent of this project was to develop necessary manufacturing technologies that allow the production of EnvirAnodes, in an efficient and consistent manner.
“Thank you so much for all of your efforts this semester. I feel very fortunate that we were able to work with you on such a worthwhile project and such an important partnership with education and small business.” –Abby Stec, Managing Director
Solar Attic Vents
- International Solar solutions Inc. (ISSI) and Green Leaf Distribution Inc. manufacture and distribute Canadian made Solar Attic Vents throughout North America.
- The intent of this project was to study the temperature differences between residential attic spaces with and without the Solar Powered Roof Vent.
- The goal of the project was to determine if solar vents provide a reduction in electricity consumption, and increase attic air flow which reduces mold growth.
- The focus was the collection of real world temperature and moisture reduction data. If sufficient attic ventilation is demonstrated then home owners can choose to use the renewable energy source to power the fans, thus eliminating the need to install electrical service in a homeowner’s attic.
Roylan Thrust Tube
- Roylan Industries has asked Georgian College to participate in their project entitled the Roylan Thrust Tube.
- The Roylan Thrust Tube is intended as a propulsion device that uses energy created by human physical movement utilizing a tubular housing and impeller system which will be driven through a gearbox via a flexible cable.
Georgian College’s participation in this project will include the computer simulation of impeller and housing designs. Impeller designs include variances such as materials, impeller pitch, impeller blade geometry and tube housing shape. Georgian College will work closely with Roylan Industries to develop and simulate various designs. Once particular design aspects have been simulated and their performance measured and deemed efficient using software, Georgian College will assist Roylan Industries with the 3D modeling of the Thrust Tube which includes detail designs of the Thrust Tube, the gear box, linkage system, including a design of an interface between the Thrust Tube with a current or new vessel.
“On behalf of Steve, Gord and myself, we want to express our gratitude for enabling all of the progress we have undoubtedly achieved thus far with the help of the college…thank you. It can be said that you are just doing your job, but I would like to say it is a job well done.” –Greg Brownles, Avrocon Industries Inc.
Finalcrete Coating for Pre-Cast Screen Wall and Fence Post
- The intent of this project was to confirm an ideal ratio of Avrocon’s newly developed material with concrete by applying formulations to various substrates to confirm adhesions as well as absorption.
- The data for this applied research allowed Avrocon to support the coating needs of the pre-cast screen wall system by helping the development of prototypes for tradeshow presentations, field and application testing.
- New equipment was purchased by Georgian College and gave the staff valuable experience what has been transferred to the classroom.
“It is generally accepted by the solar industry that the steeper the incline the solar panels are installed the greater the wind effects are and therefore the greater the down force is transferred to the roof surface. The research to be conducted by the Georgian College students is to quantify the wind effect on roof top solar systems in Central Ontario to determine the ballast requirements and to implement installation methods that protect the roofing materials from being damaged by roof top solar systems. –Derek Quigley, C.E.T., Manager Renewable Energy
Photovoltaic Panels: Wind Loading
- PowerStream has nine photovoltaic arrays from multiple manufacturers, mounted on a number of different panel mount styles, installed on the rooftop of their Barrie facility.
- The purpose of the project was to study if ballast mounted racking systems affects the roof membrane by measuring wind loading.
- Sensors were installed which collected data remotely and measured the forces exerted by wind on the panel array.
- The two semester project was funded by Natural Science Engineering Research Council of Canada, and supported a student from Georgian’s Electrical Engineering Technology program during the co-op work term.
“Our partnership with Georgian College’s CARI helped to advance our Spincore Fitness product in both design and manufacturing. The student’s expertise and Georgian’s facilities were crucial to creating the solid model drawings and 3D prototypes that enabled us to move quickly to the production of the Spincore product. We are so pleased with the assistance offered to us by CARI that we are exploring other avenues of partnership. Throughout the development of our product we have had many challenges but our experience with Georgian has been thorough and engaged, and they are always looking for new ways to help us.” –Dr. John Brennan, President, SPINCORE Ltd.
- Spincore is an upper body exercise ‘baton’ that Dr. John Brennan developed to speed up the recovery process for core, upper body, and shoulder rehabilitation, and for conditioning.
- Georgian’s purpose was to assist to further develop and ensure the product can be manufactured cost effectively while maintaining characteristics (ex. scalable resistance) that made the ‘baton’ unique.
- The study involved: evaluating the prototype, developing design alternatives and prototypes for marketing and trial studies, production methods, and assembly costs.
- Colleges Ontario Network of Industry Innovation funded the project which allowed a student from Georgian’s Automotive Product Design program to be hired as a co-op student.
View events highlighting the participation of the Centre for Applied Research and Innovation.
Discovery 2012 was a great success.
- Attracting more than 2,000 participants and more than 300 exhibits, Discovery 12 provided Ontario’s innovation community with an amazing show floor and a full program for celebrating the exciting work being done by our entrepreneurs, businesses and researchers across the province.
- Discovery 12 reached Guinness World Record status for the World’s Largest Business Mentoring Event for Entrepreneurs and Innovators with 328 mentors and protégés taking part. Beyond making history, the event was a valuable and productive session in initiating more than 3,000 business relationships between all participants
- We are looking forward to attending next year’s event on May 27-28, 2013
Innovation for a Greater Central Ontario is an event that encourages learning, collaboration and interaction. The aim is to join industry and researchers together to create partnerships. Learn about success stories, and how your business could work in co-operation with provincial and federal funding agencies, such as the Ontario Centres of Excellence, that ?nancially support these partnerships.
- Ecofest Barrie is a community collaboration that brings together individuals and organizations from many walks of life under the common theme of building a sustainable future.
- We come together to celebrate nature and share ideas on protecting our planet while creating a healthy, prosperous, inclusive community.
The Centre for Applied Research and Innovation collaborates with business, industry and community organizations to promote knowledge-sharing.
In collaboration with:
Georgian’s Center for Applied Research and Innovation (CARI) works closely with business, industry and community partners to solve difficulties or assist in the development of a product that has the potential to be commercialized thus assisting the business to be more profitable.
With the assistance of our faculty and students we collaborate on applied research projects using some of the latest equipment and laboratories.
Some ways applied research can assist business:
- Identify/qualify new technologies or practices suitable to solve an issue or difficulties
- Implementation of existing technologies
- Adopt new technologies or practices
- Develop new products, processes, or practices
- Improve on existing products, processes, or practices
- Evaluate practices, services, or products
- Assist in the commercialization of products/processes or technologies
- Develop prototypes
Involvement in applied research projects provides faculty with another avenue to stay current with what is happening in business. The professional development that is gained from the involvement in an applied research project is an important element to faculty staying current. Participation in applied research activities assist faculty advance Georgian’s commitment to integrated learning by combining the best in-class, work-related, and applied research experiences for our students.
How can we help faculty?
- Collaborate with you and assist with introductions to external research contacts
- Identify applied research funding opportunities
- Assist with project proposals
- Initiate new research
- Provide project management support
- Provide project financial accounting and administrative services
- Possible professional development activities
- Assist with final report writing
Applied research projects provide students with alternative learning opportunities including mentorship from business leaders. All projects require student researchers with some being hired during a co-op work term. This work experience is also a means to connect the students with potential employers. Applied research involvement allows the students to demonstrate what has been learned in the academic environment with many applied research projects being concurrently recognized as a Capstone project.
Chris has been involved with various sectors over the past 29 years in different roles. These roles have included skilled tradesman, Plant Manager and Research Manager. Chris holds multiple journeyperson licenses including Tool & Die, and Mould Maker. During the last ten years, he has managed and led multiple very successful applied research projects; for five of those years, he was the Manager of an internationally known research facility where he was able to apply all of his skills and knowledge obtained in industry. Since 2006 the Manager for Applied Research and more recently the Manager for The Center of Applied Research and Innovation, Chris is the contact for external inquiries for businesses.
Ed has an honours Diploma in Technological Studies from the University of Toronto, a Diploma of Education from the University of Western Ontario, and is a licensed Tool and Die maker. In June 2006 Ed retired as a Machine Shop teacher at Barrie Central Collegiate and since 1998 Ed has been working as a part-time faculty in Georgian’s Tool & Die, Mould Making, and CNC courses. Currently Ed has taken on the role as Academic Program Technologist-Precision Skills (Tool & Die, and CNC) which supports all of the labs in Engineering Technology with specific focus in Precision Skills, Manufacturing Engineering, and Gas and Refrigeration programs.
Gary has been a licensed Injection Mould Maker for over 25 years and has worked with companies such as Husky Injection Moulding Systems in Bolton Ontario, building and repairing large high volume injection moulds. During Gary’s 10 years with Husky he travelled extensively for Husky servicing moulds and training maintenance staff on troubleshooting and repairing tooling and automation. In 2002 Gary joined Georgian College as full-time faculty in the precision machining trades and associated programs.
Ron has been involved in applied research and/or testing while working for a number of companies including the Ministry of Transportation Ontario, IBM, The University of Western Ontario, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and Ford Motor Company, In addition to his academic qualifications and work, he has performed research in the areas of robotics, spectroscopy, hybrid vehicles, and wind turbines. Ron has now been with Georgian College for more than five years and is the Project Lead for the NSERC Solar Applied Research Project.
Ryan has more than 8 years of experience in the Civil Engineering field, including an extensive knowledge of structural engineering, construction materials, vehicle traffic management, bridge construction, design standards and building codes. He also worked in heavy construction, including site inspection, and laboratory testing of civil engineering materials. Ryan has managed a number of structural engineering projects from the conceptual design stage through to the finished product. A graduate of Queen’s University in the Civil Engineering Program, Ryan has also completed a Masters of Applied Science in Civil Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada.