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This category contains lab protocols for Western University's Free Appropriate Sustainable Technology (FAST) Research Group.


FAST templates[edit | edit source]

Purchasing[edit | edit source]

All electrical equipment used on campus must be certified for use in Ontario to minimize the risk of fire and/or personal harm while operating the equipment. When purchasing new equipment, ensure the equipment supplier is aware of the required approvals that are acceptable by the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). There is a higher risk that equipment purchased from overseas countries will not have the correct certification. For example, the CE mark is a European certification not recognized in Canada.

ESA – Recognized Certification Markings: https://esasafe.com/electrical-products/recognized-certification-marks

Further information is available at: https://www.uwo.ca/hr/form_doc/health_safety/doc/hazard_alerts/electrical_safety_advisory.pdf

Chemicals[edit | edit source]

  • Here is the information regarding the procedure and schedule of hazardous waste disposal.


CS capstone/research[edit | edit source]

Laura K. Reid

  1. Thesis project in the fourth year undergraduate thesis course (i.e CS4490Z and CS4460Z). The focus here is on research and novelty, advancing the body of knowledge in the target field. The development of software plays a supporting role to show that novel ideas can be operationalized. One CS student per project.
  2. Third-year software-intensive project (i.e. CS3380Z): This is a supervised study involving a research paper, or the design and development of a software system. Novelty in system development is encouraged as is experience with software development. One student per project.
  3. Capstone project (i.e. CS4470Y) – A sizable, software-intensive, system development project of practical importance, involving a team of typically 3-4 fourth year students. Opportunities abound in and around the university, our city, etc., to create software-intensive systems to simplify manual processes and tasks in all aspects of human endeavour. Three to four students per project.

Useful software[edit | edit source]

Software to install[edit | edit source]

  • OpenSCAD
  • FreeCAD
  • Blender
  • Stablediffusion
  • ControlNet
  • OpenPose
  • Meshlab
  • Meshroom
  • Inkscape
  • Gimp
  • Krita
  • Python
  • Arduino IDE
  • SAM (solar advisor model) from NREL
  • Lulzbot Cura
  • PrusaSlicer
  • Kdenlive
  • Audacity
  • Libre Office
  • Firefox
  • Dia
  • Zotero

Open-Source Software (OSS) Development[edit | edit source]

FAST's Open-Source Software for hybrid energy systems-SAMA[edit | edit source]

FAST has developed an open-source (GNU GPL v3) software for optimal sizing of hybrid energy systems called Solar Alone Multi-objective Advisor (SAMA). SAMA is mainly concentrated on stand-alone off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV)-based renewable energy systems (RES).

FAST Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Space[edit | edit source]

The Pearce group has been allotted a lab and outdoor testing facilities of Western Innovation for Renewable Energy (WIRED) at ICFAR.

  • The optimal tilt angle for PV in London Ontario is 34°

Meteorological data[edit | edit source]

  • The following meteorological data can be freely downloaded from the NSRDB database:

Temperature, Clearsky diffuse horizontal irradiance (DHI), Clearsky direct normal irradiance (DNI), Clearsky global horizontal irradiance  (GHI), Cloud Type, Dew Point, DHI, DNI, Fill Flag, GHI, Ozone, Relative Humidity, Solar Zenith Angle, Surface Albedo, Pressure, Precipitable Water, Wind Direction, Wind Speed.

  • Solar data

Solar irradiation data (GHI, DNI, DHI) can be accessed from the NSRDB database. For this purpose, select the target location and from the menu select GHI, DNI, and DHI. You will download all the data in .csv format.

Local electric data[edit | edit source]

Western Manufacturing Capabilities[edit | edit source]

Western Characterization[edit | edit source]

*	 Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
*	 Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES)
*	 Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM)
*	 Contact Angle
*	 Corrosion and Electrochemistry
*	 Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
*        Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS)
*	 Dynamic SIMS (D-SIMS)
*	 Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
*	 Laser Raman Spectroscopy
*	 Microhardness Testing
*	 Optical Microscopy
*	 Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM/EDX)
*	 Sample Preparation and Processing Facilities
*	 Surface Profilometry
*	 Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)
*	 Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (TOF-SIMS)
*	 Weathering Chambers
*	 X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)
*	 X-ray Diffraction (XRD)
*	 X-ray Micro Computed Tomography (Micro-CT)
*        Zeta Potential Measurement
*	 Partner Facilities
*	 Training and Courses

Physics[edit | edit source]

As far as photovoltaic device testing is concerned, we have the following

  • AM1.5 solar simulator (also in conjunction with measurements at variable temperature, 20-300K if required)
  • External Quantum Efficiency (EQE)
  • Photocarrier mobility measurements by Time of Flight (ToF) and Charge Extraction by Linearly Increasing Voltage (p-CELIV)
  • Defect characterization (Electron Spin Resonance) under irradiation

As far as solar energy material testing is concerned, we have

  • Atomic force microscopy (AFM): morphology
  • Kelvin probe microscopy (KPFM): work function, electron energy levels
  • Scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM): super-resolution luminescence and photoconductivity imaging (various excitations, I.e. 633, 532 and 405 nm)
  • Photoluminescence spectroscopy (405 nm excitation normally, other possible)
  • Photothermal deflection spectroscopy (heat evacuation, thermal conductivity in thin-film solar cell materials)
  • UV-Vis spectrometry (transmission, reflection, optical band gap)
  • Electrical transport measurements at low temperature (20-300K)
  • Auger electron spectroscopy (AES): surface/subsurface elemental composition
  • Scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) at variable temperature (20-300K): morphology, electrical properties

On order:

  • both an IQE setup (with variable stage temperature and bias light intensity),
  • environmental chamber (for temperature and humidity cycling).

Fanshawe[edit | edit source]

  • Atonometrics Solar Simulator

Contains 52 – 400 watt metal halide bulbs (full visible light spectrum bulbs) Maximum light output 1200 W/m 2 Two test planes 2.3 m X 1.3 m each Does not perform UVA, UVB

  • CEAST (Instron) 9350 Impact Test System /Thermal Chamber

Maximum energy transfer 1800 J Maximum speed 24 m/s Variable mass with the addition of mass plates Max chamber temp +150 C, Min temp -70 C Tensile Impact, puncture, izod, charpy

  • Instron 5982 Tensile and Compression with Thermal Chamber

Maximum tensile strength 100 kN, Maximum compression strength 50 kN Maximum chamber temp o without grips +600 C, with grips +315 C Minimum chamber temp o without grips -150 C, with grips -73 C

  • Tenney Environmental Chamber

Internal dimensions 762 mm X 813 mm X 914 mm Temp range -73 C to +200 C Humidity range 20% to 95%

  • RHCSZ Environmental Chamber

Internal dimensions 1372 mm X 1372 mm X 914 mm Temp range -70 C to +180 C Humidity range 5% to 95% RH Stand alone or interfaces with shaker

  • Cantrol Walk-in Environmental Chamber

Internal dimensions 3.66 m X 3.66 m X 2.44 m (12' x 12' x 8') Temp range -35 C to +85 C Humidity range 20% to 95% RH Floor capacity of 454 kg (1000 lbs)

  • Ascott Cyclic Salt Corrosion Chamber

Capacity of 2000 L (70.6 ft 3) Weight capacity of 200 kg Temp control +20 C to +70 C Humidity control 50% to 100% RH 4 atomizing spray nozzles, 4 spray down nozzles 2 X 100 L brine reservoirs, 1 X 150 L brine reservoir

  • Singleton Corrosion Chamber

Capacity of 264 L (9.3 ft 3) Weight capacity of 50 kg Temp control ambient to +60 C Primarily use for ASTM B117 and MIL-STD-810H 509.7

  • Data Physics Electrodynamic Shaker

Capacity 454 kg (1000 lbs) 3 axis (X, Y, Z) Sine sweep & dwell, random, classic shock, SRS Multimodal: Sine on random, random on random Raymond EMC Chamber 3 meter chamber Radiated emissions 10 Hz to 18 GHz Conducted emissions 10 Hz to 500 MHz Radiated immunity 80 MHz to 6 GHz @ 10 V/m ESD up to 25 kV

  • Eckel Anechoic Acoustic Chamber

Dimensions 9.14 m X 7.62 m X 4.27 m (30' X 25' X 14') Floor Capacity of 21 tons Background noise level 14 – 20 dB, 100 Hz cut-off Vehicle exhaust extraction system

  • De-Ionized Water Treatment System

Produces water with < 5 microsiemens conductivity Provides water for all chambers humidity Provides water for corrosion test systems

  • Spectrometer 200-1036nm

Biotron[edit | edit source]

  • Plant growth performance: yield, photosynthesis, chlorophyll content, total biomass production, root/leaf/shoot growth, germination, seedling vigor, germination rate
  • Crop nutritional quality: Minerals, vitamins, dietary fatty acids, amino acids, antioxidants, phenolics, total protein, sugars/carbohydrates, total fats/lipids
  • Bioactive/functional or phytomedicinal composition: Flavonoids, phenolic acids, essential amino acids, antioxidants, antioxidant minerals, trace and essential minerals, functional lipids (omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids, medium chain triglycerides, terpenes, galactolipids, FAFA, plasmalogens, etc)
  • Soil health/Plant growth media health : active microbial community composition, micro niche, physiological status of media in response to ag inputs, metabolic response, greenhouse gas emission
  • Sensory analysis of crop/food: consumer preference, overall liking, oganoleptic quality driving consumer preference (color, aroma, texture, taste, appearance, size, flavor, purchase propensity, consumer preference for packaging etc.)
  • Organoleptic quality of food/crop/fruits: acidity, pH, water activity, texture, total solible solids/Brix, viscosity, sugar content
  • Food metabolomics: nutritional profile, contaminants e.g. heavy metals, allergens, bioactive compounds, biosensors, biomaterial/biopolymers, lipids... here do a comprehensive screen of the food composition or biomass; use the information obtained to guide innovation/applications or end use.
  • Develop green methods for food analysis/food innovation
  • Applications of food metabolomics as a decision support tool to resolve issues with nutrient/food security/ develop resilient food systems in boreal climate, tropics, rural, remote, coastal and indigenous community
  • Lipid Bioinformatics:
    • Lipid imaging/lipidomics: develop novel or new methods to assess biological samples/biomaterials
    • Conduct comprehensive test of the lipidome (all the lipids in a biological samples) and determine end use, applications.
    • Lipid metabolism in assessing agriculture/food production under different climatic conditions/crop management systems/response to agriculture input/biotic or abiotic stressors.
    • Lipid metabolism in functional and Nootropic foods ( brain health foods) innovation
    • Lipid metabolism in Plant immunity
    • Lipid metabolism in brain health assessment/validate functional foods, ingredients/phytonutrients/phytomedicine in improving brain health using cell or animal models of human disease

Outreach after Publication[edit | edit source]

OS Videos[edit | edit source]

Research Data Repository Approaches[edit | edit source]


Open Educational Resources[edit | edit source]

3DP supplies Canada[edit | edit source]

Travel[edit | edit source]

  • https://finance.uwo.ca/ reimbursement after login,
    • transport auto km allowance
    • transport other tolls
    • accom - other
    • meal all day

TEB6[edit | edit source]

  • TEB 6 is 1,885 ft^2 = 175 m^2
  • According to fire code – area requirement per person in a School Laboratory is 4.6 m^2/person.
  • 175/4.6 = 38 people
  1. Zeta and Raman.pdf


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