Part 1: Mechanical Engineers Say Driverless Cars are the “New Talk of the Town”

2018-11-13T10:03:57+00:00

Major giants inside the automobile industry have already show cased few of their self-driving car technology and many car companies aim to roll out production vehicles with driverless capabilities by 2020. In just a few years, industry experts expect fully autonomous vehicles to follow the trendThe implications autonomous driving will have on insurance matters and legal outcomes of accidents is just one grey area to be explored as we move towards a more automated future. Experts are making some big claims about the future impacts of driverless cars. Before they arrive, check out the comprehensive pros and cons list.   Advantages of Driverless Cars Without the need for a driver, cars could become mini-leisure rooms. There would be more [...]

Part 1: Mechanical Engineers Say Driverless Cars are the “New Talk of the Town” 2018-11-13T10:03:57+00:00

Part 2 – Mechanical Engineers Recommend 7 Features on ‘New Age” Refrigerators

2018-11-07T10:09:55+00:00

Mechanical Engineers Update Tomorrow’s Refrigerator: Here are Your Choices  Black Board Models  Black board models are ideal for young families. Shopping list, school timetable and forthcoming doctors' appointments – all readily visible because they are stuck to the door of a refrigerator using fridge magnets. A black board fridge-freezer is a more stylish way of displaying your messages and reminders as you can write directly on the door using school chalk or liquid chalk markers. The black board material makes it easy to wipe away the writing.      2.    Glass Fronts New fridge models are doing away with handles. These sleek units offer seamless visual integration with handle-less cabinetry design. Models with glossy glass surfaces in brilliant white [...]

Part 2 – Mechanical Engineers Recommend 7 Features on ‘New Age” Refrigerators 2018-11-07T10:09:55+00:00

Mechanical Engineers Recommend Home Drainage – Winter Months are Coming !

2018-10-10T09:50:13+00:00

How Do Engineers Handle Rainwater? Engineers can help with proper fitting of gutters, or eaves troughs as they are called in some parts of the country. They are an important part of the drainage system around your house.  If yours are nonexistent, in poor condition, or improperly placed on your house, they could be causing problems and putting your home at risk of water damage. Gutters need to be installed properly so that they catch the water coming off your roof and channel it away from your house and its foundation.  Your eaves troughs should have a downward slope of 1/2 inch for every 10 feet of run to ensure they drain completely.  If your house is more than [...]

Mechanical Engineers Recommend Home Drainage – Winter Months are Coming ! 2018-10-10T09:50:13+00:00

Six Innovative Wind Turbines

2018-08-30T10:53:23+00:00

In this article we will review a few new wind turbine designs that are ready to advance the state of wind energy technology.  With refined technology, engineers have developed new devices that are more efficient, work in low wind conditions, can use wind and water energy, and safer for birds.  These problems provide abundant opportunity for solving design problems for mechanical engineers.  Energy storage, battery technology, and the strength of turbine blades provides copious challenges for materials scientists.  Renewable energy capacity around the globe has eclipsed coal power for the first time ever. Wind power makes up a large percentage of global renewable energy, and with all the recent technological innovations in wind turbine design, it's no mystery that it's become [...]

Six Innovative Wind Turbines 2018-08-30T10:53:23+00:00

Material Engineers Looking to Future: Solar Assisted Electric Vehicles  (SAEVs)

2018-08-02T09:23:52+00:00

Material Engineers : A Pipedream?  Solar-powered cars have been thought of by many as an impossible pipedream. But the innovators behind, a fully solar-powered vehicle to be released in 2019.  GOING FULLY SOLAR A Car whose ability to use solar power has been thought of as an impossible feat.  Designed by the Dutch startup Lightyear, the “car that charges itself” can supposedly drive for months without charging and has a 400 – 800 km range. But is a solar-powered car feasible?Up until now fully solar-powered cars were not considered a realistic prospect, Solar Assisted Electric Vehicles (SAEVs) were considered the best possible option for solar cars, adding up to hundreds of miles to a cars range. But the Dutch Lightyear promises [...]

Material Engineers Looking to Future: Solar Assisted Electric Vehicles  (SAEVs) 2018-08-02T09:23:52+00:00

Engineers Test “CHP” – Combined Heat and Power

2018-09-04T12:40:22+00:00

Figure 1. Self Sufficient Home with Combined Heat and Power Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Engineers combined heat and power (CHP) systems, also known as cogeneration, generate electricity and useful thermal energy in a single, integrated system. CHP is not a technology, but an approach to applying technologies. Heat that is normally wasted in conventional power generation is recovered as useful energy, which avoids the losses that would otherwise be incurred from separate generation of heat and power. While the conventional method of producing usable heat and power separately has a typical combined efficiency of 45 percent, CHP systems can operate at levels as high as 80 percent. Some micro-CHP technologies use mechanical engines, such as internal combustion [...]

Engineers Test “CHP” – Combined Heat and Power 2018-09-04T12:40:22+00:00

Engineering Advances: Degradation and Saving Electric Vehicle Batteries

2018-07-10T15:47:30+00:00

Degradation of EV Lithium Batteries  Battery degradation in Electric Vehicles (See Figure 1. to Right) leads to capacity fade, thereby shortening the vehicle’s possible range.  Patterns are beginning to emerge and provide valuable insight into EV battery capacity and lifetime.  Most drivers are retaining over 90% of original capacity Range Anxiety Some cars have a range of only 106 miles, equivalent to just over three times the average daily drive in the US. New Electric Vehicles are expected to have a range of up to 235 miles, a 220% increase, therefore, range is constantly improving to address consumer concerns. Charging an EV takes time, and unless you have fast in-home charging infrastructure or public charging infrastructure it will remain a barrier. [...]

Engineering Advances: Degradation and Saving Electric Vehicle Batteries 2018-07-10T15:47:30+00:00

Electric Vehicle Battery: Electronic Materials, Cost, and Lifespan

2018-07-03T15:48:21+00:00

(Figure 1 - Electric Vehicle on Fire)  Electric Vehicle Battery Materials Most electric vehicle batteries are lithium based and rely on a mix of cobalt, manganese, nickel, and graphite and other primary components, can be very dangerous, battery fires could occur (See Figure 1. Above).  Some of these materials are harder to find than others, though none should be classified as "rare earth metals" ( http://glewengineering.com/the-impact-of-chinese-export-restrictions-on-rare-earth-elements/) . Over 60% of the  global supply for cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has a poor human rights track record; international organizations have denounced for years the exploitative labor practices involved in cobalt production.  Cobalt deposits can be found throughout the world and are most prominent in the African Copper [...]

Electric Vehicle Battery: Electronic Materials, Cost, and Lifespan 2018-07-03T15:48:21+00:00

Semiconductor Worldwide: Samsung Takes Over

2018-06-22T11:44:20+00:00

Samsung topples Intel as top dog semiconductor market share  Gartner beancounters say price rises driven by memory shortages propelled Samsung into the lead based on semiconductor vendor revenue, vaulting past Intel and its CPUs. The largest memory supplier, Samsung Electronics, gained the most semiconductor market share and took the No. 1 position from Intel – the first time Intel has been toppled since 1992. Memory accounted for more than two-thirds of all semiconductor revenue growth in 2017, and became the largest semiconductor category.  DRAM prices rose 44 per cent from 2016 to 2017, and NAND flash prices went up 17 per cent year-over-year for the first time. (See Figure Below)   A Gartner table provides the numeric nitty-gritty [...]

Semiconductor Worldwide: Samsung Takes Over 2018-06-22T11:44:20+00:00

Energy Efficient Solutions for Everyday Energy Efficiency Problems

2018-02-20T11:19:59+00:00

As energy efficient environmentally conscious engineers, we here at Glew Engineering do what we can to save energy and resources both around home and around the office.  This might mean choosing products that are more environmentally friendly or energy efficient.  It might mean using our surroundings to our advantage, like pulling cold air through a home or office at night so the building needs less air conditioning the next day.  The most satisfying thing, though, is to employ our knowledge of mechanical engineering, materials science and thermal management to design custom hand-tooled solutions.  In the next few blog posts, I'll review some of the current in-house engineering projects that are underway here and maybe give our readers a little inspiration [...]

Energy Efficient Solutions for Everyday Energy Efficiency Problems 2018-02-20T11:19:59+00:00

Wind Load CFD Modeling for Rooftop Elements Compared to ASCE 7

2018-02-20T11:28:46+00:00

  Wind Load Comparison between CFD and ASCE 7 for Rooftop shapes Welcome back to our blog series on the phenomenon called Wind Load CFD Modeling and how it affects civil and mechanical engineers.  Wind Load is the force that blowing wind exerts on any device or structure that extends above ground level.  After an initial introduction to the factors that affect wind load on an object, I compared three different sets of wind load calculation methods using three simple objects, hypothetically placed on a 100-foot-tall building.  Starting with generic drag equation for the first equation, added two modification coefficients called "gust factor" and "exposure coefficient" for the second equation.    I used the model for rooftop objects for the [...]

Wind Load CFD Modeling for Rooftop Elements Compared to ASCE 7 2018-02-20T11:28:46+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

Materials Science News: 2-D Phosphorus-The Future for Solar Cells?

2018-08-07T14:16:50+00:00

Materials science research shows that 2-dimensional phosphorus could be the future for the semiconductor industry.

Materials Science News: 2-D Phosphorus-The Future for Solar Cells? 2018-08-07T14:16:50+00:00

Engineering Environmentally Friendly Materials: Concrete

2018-03-13T11:30:28+00:00

We look at engineering materials to replace concrete while keeping the thermal properties and thermal management of the substance.

Engineering Environmentally Friendly Materials: Concrete 2018-03-13T11:30:28+00:00

Thermal Analysis of Ice and Water

2018-03-26T11:54:57+00:00

In this week’s blog we will follow up the previous series of espresso thermal analysis with a thermal analysis that is a little more fitting for this

Thermal Analysis of Ice and Water 2018-03-26T11:54:57+00:00

The Engineer’s Kitchen: Grilled Peaches with Lemon Blueberry Sorbet

2018-03-13T15:15:00+00:00

This week on the Engineer's Kitchen, We make a cool sorbet for the hot summer months

The Engineer’s Kitchen: Grilled Peaches with Lemon Blueberry Sorbet 2018-03-13T15:15:00+00:00