Research Projects

Improving Impact Resistance of Underground Hard Hat PPE

This project is set to improve the suspension liner in hard hats and reducing injuries. Designing the suspension to CSA [5] and ANSI [1] standards.

Chain Conveyor Alignment and Reliability

This chain conveyor, that moves shredded wood from one area of the mill to another, required a solution as the conveyor would un-sync and cause damage and lost time. This project will help develop a sensor system to detect when the conveyor is in trouble.

Cu-Ni Alloy

Fabrication of Cu-Ni alloys required different procedures, techniques and methodologies over traditional Iron based alloys. The development of these systems and procedures provided Lopes with the ability to manufacture an entirely new product line.

FRP in Skip Mining

The purpose of the project was to test and assess the tensile strength of connections made using Extren 625 (fibre-reinforced) composite plating relative to that of conventional mining skip panel joints.

Low Energy Welding Process

To develop a proven welding procedure using low energy welding process to repair magnesium alloys. Will investigate the effects of multiple welding parameters on the ability to create sound weld joints with acceptable mechanical properties.

Welding Steel with Mill Scale

There are many detrimental effects caused by mill scale. It can reduce surface quality, and reduce the weldability of the material. The welding process used in this technical project will be the gas metal arc welding.

SAW Weld Procedure

Small advances have been made to increase productivity and quality in SAW. This project was done to increase productivity further, while still meeting the quality standards as per ASME section IX.

Marketing with 3D Printing

Major companies have adopted 3D printing; this project will research the possibility of using 3D printed objects as a marketing tool for an SME in the local market. 3D printing has the potential of being cheaper and faster with complete customization of marketing products.

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Underground CMS Buggy

This project will develop an automated Cavity Monitoring System (CMS) unit. The CMS provided underground scanning in areas that are considered too dangerous or confined for workers to enter. The research will upgrade the manual system into an automated unmanned system.

CMS buggy

Compression Testing for Gloves

This project will create a reliable method of testing and analyzing impact capacity of safety gloves. The gloves are designed to provide the ultimate hand protection while not compromising dexterity levels. The research will develop a standard measurement for impact which does not currently exist.

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Joining Architectural Brass

This project will investigate welding methods for architectural brass (Brass 385) alloy, to create a seamless, high-quality finish that can be used in high-end window framing. This material is easy to machine and provides a wide range of options for finish colours. The project will investigate heat input to decrease the depletion of the zinc alloy elements and develop a welding procedure that will produce structurally sound, aesthetically pleasing joints while minimizing prep time and labour costs.

Mineral Detection using Light Measurement

Mineral Insight is a visible light optical device created to detect minerals with a single 90-second measurement on a variety of samples such as drill core, crushed rock, pulps, sand and similar material. This project investigated how the tool can measure the two-dimensional surface-concentration of gold alloys and minerals and use this information to provide an estimate of the metal and mineral concentrations of a sample.

Gold Sniffer 1815A

XRF Technology in the North

An X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) analyzer is used to identify elements and minerals in the field. This project determined if the XRF can identify critical elements in the unique geology of the Cambrian shield using analytical data.


Welding Cinematography

This project used a Phantom VEO 710S  high-speed camera to record and capture how changing inductance and the slope of a weld effects the bead shape, appearance and penetration. The use of high-quality videos and pictures can be used to show the impact on different welds as well, as for why and what is happening during the weld.

Weld Arc 1905A

Projection Welds of Boron Steel

This research project aimed to find a new process for projection welding of boron steel to increase the durability and hardness, as well as cost-effective ways to achieve adequate weld strength.

Repair Welds of White Irons

A Cold Metal Transfer (CMT) short-circuit Metal Inert Gas (MIG) brazing process from Fronius, and appropriate filler metal will be examined as an added repair process to be used subsequently to oxy-acetylene powder brazing of the repair zone.

White Irons 1818A

Scanning Technology in Mining Supplier Services

Mining supply companies are looking to add 3D scanning capabilities to their suite of offerings. The 3D scanner will be used as a technology tool to do the work that now uses human resources, resulting in significant accuracy improvements and the precision required to create drawings and products with structural integrity.

3D Scanning Tech 1817A

Underground Communication Network

Northern College Electrical students created a wireless and self-healing ZigBee (an off-the-shelf transceiver module) mesh network to be used for underground communications. The prototypes were tested underground for coverage, spacing, and the maintaining of connection.

Zigbee 1819A

Develop Procedure to Test Cast Iron Parts Using Ultrasonic Testing Equipment

A procedure was developed and tested to improve casting methods that will reduce costs while ensuring quality. The project proposed a solution to change the casting process by altering the process of adding magnesium and by using Ultrasonic Testing Equipment and metallurgical methods to determine strength.

Demo in MaJIC

Water Containment Tool

The Handy Hydrant product has been a successful tool for firefighting in remote areas. The containment unit has the potential also to be used as a potable water source during emergencies. The research was conducted to determine if the Handy Hydrant is capable of storing and retaining clean water.

Handy Hydrant 1816A

Employee Sharing Tool

This partnership-based research has developed to improve the local labour market conditions by collaborating with employers to establish a sustainable employee sharing agreement. The tool allows for two or more employers to share employee(s). This improves part-time and seasonal employee recruitment and retention. This tool is now hosted by the FNETB and is used across North-Eastern Ontario.