A Mechanical Engineer Designs Ways to Give Your Canine Friend a Lift Up: Dog Ramps

2018-02-15T10:34:21+00:00

A Mechanical Engineer Designs Ways to Give Your Canine Friend a Lift Up  A Mechanical Engineer designs ways to give your "Best Friend" easy access to your vehicle and different higher surfaces. Read more to find out what kind of options are available for your dog.  A properly sized and installed dog ramp eases a dog's boarding dilemmas.  Ramps are divided into several categories: folding, telescoping, fixed, moveable and those that are stored under the back bumper of a car.  This article describes the different types of dog ramps available and the engineering required to properly design them.    Fig. 1 Mechanical Engineers Design Easy Car Access for Dogs Mechanical Design, Materials Science,  Weight, and Ease [...]

A Mechanical Engineer Designs Ways to Give Your Canine Friend a Lift Up: Dog Ramps 2018-02-15T10:34:21+00:00

Layered Composite Heaters for Semiconductor Processing

2018-02-20T12:34:14+00:00

Figure 1: Composite layered heater from patent  US 9,224,626 B2 Alexander Glew, Ph.D., P.E. recently contributed to a new patent on an advanced thin-film electric heaters, layered composite heaters, for CVD semiconductor processing and related technologies titled “Composite substrate for layered heaters”.  Watlow Electric, based in St. Louis, hired Glew Engineering and Dr. Glew to help develop this heater technology due to his experience in the Silicon Valley’s semiconductor industry.  As a semiconductor equipment expert and materials engineering consultant, Dr. Glew’s familiarity with semiconductor manufacturing meant he understood both the limitations of common semiconductor chuck heating methods and the techniques that could be used to construct a better heater.  In this post, we review how this composite heater capitalizes on semiconductor [...]

Layered Composite Heaters for Semiconductor Processing 2018-02-20T12:34:14+00:00

Window Energy Efficiency: Solar Heat Gain and Visible Transmittance

2018-02-20T12:50:03+00:00

Conduction and Radiation of Thermal Energy In my last blog post, I wrote about the conduction and radiation of thermal energy through windows and the thermal transmittance value, called the U-Factor, that characterizes that heat transfer.  The U-factor is useful in evaluating window performance and making wise decisions when specifying components for a building, but it is only one piece of the puzzle.  The National Fenestration Research Council (NFRC) mandates a second value alongside U-factor in its certification process, called the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC).  SHGC represents the ability of a window to resist heat gain from radiation, like the sunlight in Figure 1.  This is obviously a challenge, given that the entire point [...]

Window Energy Efficiency: Solar Heat Gain and Visible Transmittance 2018-02-20T12:50:03+00:00

Italian Masters: Volta Jump-Starts Electrical Engineering

2018-02-21T10:28:40+00:00

Italian Masters: Volta Jump-Starts Electrical EngineeringFigure 1: Girolamo Cardano (1501-1576) Welcome back to our series on Italian Masters of math and science.  Last week I wrote about Galileo’s extensive accomplishments both in the field of astronomy and beyond.  This week, I’ll take a look at another renaissance polymath who dabbled in astronomy, along with his work in mathematics, medicine, biology, chemistry, philosophy, and gambling (yes, seriously): Girolamo Cardano.  Cardano is a less well-known figure than Galileo or some of the other scientists I’ve written about who have famous equations or units of measurement named after them, like Volta or Torricelli.  He is regarded as one of the greatest mathematicians of his age, however, and made a great many contributions to science, [...]

Italian Masters: Volta Jump-Starts Electrical Engineering 2018-02-21T10:28:40+00:00

Italian Masters: Galileo’s Stellar Science and Engineering

2018-02-21T10:55:17+00:00

Portrait of Galileo Galilei Justus Sustermans [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons I’d like to return to our previous series on the Italian Masters, focused not on the usual masters or painting and sculpture but on the masters or science, mathematics, and engineering.  So far in the series I’ve written about the accomplishments of Volta, Cassini, Venturi and Torricelli.  Today, I’d like to look at one of the greats: Galileo Galilei.  Galileo is most famous today for standing up for heliocentrism against the Catholic Church and spending the last years of his life under house arrest as punishment.  However, Galileo didn’t let controversies or confinement stop him, and accomplished a great amount of research in not only [...]

Italian Masters: Galileo’s Stellar Science and Engineering 2018-02-21T10:55:17+00:00

12 Years a Martian: Mechanical Engineering on Mars, The Red Planet

2018-02-22T10:05:05+00:00

Figure 1: Mars Exploration Rover mobility testing By NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons I’ve been writing a short blog series celebrating Mars Exploration Rover B (MER-B) Opportunity’s 12th anniversary of its landing on Mars.  Opportunity has exceeded its original three-month design lifetime by 48 times, and is still operating every day.  In previously entries I’ve covered the hazardsOpportunity faces on hostile surface of the red planet as well as some of the advanced materials science technologies that it uses to survive.  In this entry, I’ll look at some of themechanical engineer design choices that have allowed the rover to run its own incredibly slow Martian marathon. Flexible Drive System The strange-looking 6-wheeled drive system [...]

12 Years a Martian: Mechanical Engineering on Mars, The Red Planet 2018-02-22T10:05:05+00:00