Engineering Science

Measuring plastic performance

The following are Licensing Opportunities in Engineering Science:

Bio-based PC Resin for Injection Moulding

Bioplastics engineers at the University of Guelph have developed a high performance PC+PLA blend (32% renewable) to compete with PC+ABS blends. The novel formulation (bioPC) includes acrylic core/shell impact modifiers and a number of bio-sourced mineral fillers with high impact strength and heat deflection temperature. The blend is intended for durable applications and inventors are now seeking co-innovation partner(s) for scale-up and applications testing.

Bio-based TPO Resin for Injection Moulding

The invention is a bio-based thermoplastic polyolefin composite (bioTPO) that contains up to 33% renewable content. The invention was designed to replace talc-filled polypropylene in automotive applications. Lab-scale demonstrations are complete and the inventors are seeking co-innovation partner(s) for applications testing and scale-up.

Bio-based ABS Resin for Injection Moulding

Bioplastics engineers at the University of Guelph have developed a bio-based ABS blend that contains up to 30% PLA.

High Strength, High Conductivity Aluminum Alloy

Researchers at the University of Guelph have developed a castable aluminum alloy with high strength and high conducitivty which is free from exotic alloying elements making it compositionally robust. This reduces or eliminates hot-tearing susceptibility. The proof of concept stage has been attained and derivative and new variant technologies are currently under development. 

Process for Removal of Halogenated Hydrocarbons

Researchers at the University of Guelph have developed a novel method to efficiently remove a variety of these of toxic compounds from waste streams at low cost by converting the halogenated hydrocarbons into non-halogenated materials.

Smart Whole Body Vibration Attenuation for Vehicle Seating

Researchers at the University of Guelph have developed a device which replaces the cushions of seats in heavy equipment that upgrades vehicle seats with modern anti-vibration technology to maximize ride comfort for the operator for long periods. 

Soft Robotic Gripper Using Auxetic Structures

Researchers at the University of Guelph have developed a soft robotic gripper device for holding surfaces with multiple curvatures and/or fragile objects. The proof of concent stage has been attained. Derivative and new variant technologies are currently under development.