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A National Network Of Accelerators Dedicated To Material Irradiation (EMIR)
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Red River College
Coordinating Country
RI Keywords
sustainability, environment, energy
Centre for Applied Research in Sustainable Infrastructure, Red River College, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3H 0J9, Canada
1. Centre for Applied Research in Sustainable Infrastructure (CARSI):
The Centre for Applied Research in Sustainable Infrastructure (CARSI) is located at the Notre Dame campus. It is the first dedicated research lab at a college in Manitoba. The building is constructed of energy efficient pre-cast, pre-insulated wall panels.

2. Sustainable Infrastructure Technology Research Group (SITRG):
Sustainable infrastructure is a key research area for Applied Research at Red River College (RRC). Since 2004, RRC researchers and students have worked with major local, national and international partners on projects that are helping shape the future of sustainable design in Manitoba and beyond.

With a grant from the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Applied Research formed the Sustainable Infrastructure Technology Research Group (SITRG) in 2009.
Application Area
1. CARSI aims to develop advanced sustainable infrastructure technologies in four strategic areas:
- asphalt concrete pavement
- advanced composite materials
- large light frame wood structures
- building envelopes

2. SITRG’s purpose is to conduct applied research projects that focus on improving the energy performance of large buildings.

3. Cluster Map:
As part of its efforts to grow the sustainable infrastructure cluster in Manitoba, Applied Research, with support from NSERC and the National Research Council Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), developed the Manitoba Sustainable Infrastructure and Transportation Cluster Map, an online, interactive application that tracks organizations committed to sustainability across the province. Prospective organizations can sign up to take advantage of the map’s benefits, including enhanced visibility and the ability to seek out potential like-minded partners.
1. CARSI Research infrastructure includes: - Environmental control chambers - side-by-side configuration, common wall with removable section; -40°C to +40°C (-40°F to 104°F) capabilities with additive humidity control; each side with interior dimensions of 10’10” W x 15’2” D x 8’7” H - Removable exterior wall section incorporated into CARSI building - utilizes actual climatic conditions for thermal and lighting properties testing - Structural dynamic test system ? 300 kN tension, 500 kN compression (66,000 lbs tension, 112,000 lbs compression) (static or low-cycle fatigue) - Flexible, multi-channel data acquisition system - Asphalt Mixer, ignition oven, laboratory compactor - Strong floor for testing of large structural members - Neubrescope NBX-6040: non-destructive structural temperature/strain sensing system - Weather stations - Blower door fans for large building air leakage testing - Infrared camera for thermal analysis of buildings - Videoscope for wall inspections 2. With the advanced tools that CARSI offers and the expertise of RRC staff, faculty and students, SITRG is performing innovative research in four major areas: - Building envelope - Building performance monitoring - Mechanical and renewable energy systems - Reducing embodied energy of building materials