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

Licensed Mechanical Engineers Help You Ditch Suburbia

2018-02-13T23:41:15+00:00

Licensed Mechanical Engineers Help You Ditch Suburbia Licensed Mechanical Engineers Ensure Vehicle Safety and Comfort The recreational vehicle industry (Fig. 1) is flourishing.  People can use their RVs full time part, part time or travel the country for months at a time. A Licensed Mechanical Engineer (Licensed Mechanical Engineers Role in Manufacturing) makes certain that travel is safe and comfortable at the same time, without missing out on the comforts of home and your favorite kitchen. (Fig. 2)  Recreational vehicles' kitchens are designed with adequate ventilation to ensure that no fires occur.    Across that spectrum, the RV industry is enjoying an unprecedented growth.  Who are these RVers? They love the beauty and solace of being outdoors, abiding [...]

Licensed Mechanical Engineers Help You Ditch Suburbia 2018-02-13T23:41:15+00:00

Wind Load Calculations and Modeling

2018-02-20T12:26:27+00:00

 Part 1 of our Wind Load Series “Wind load” is a calculated value representing the total force on a structure or object cause by pressure from wind moving over it.  In this blog series, we will discuss different methods for wind load calculations, the factors that influence its magnitude, and the effects a high wind load can have on a structure.  Wind load is most commonly addressed by civil and structural engineers when designing buildings, but mechanical engineers can encounter the effect when designing tall objects like cranes, telescoping communications masts or wind turbine towers. Wind Load Essentials As a force, wind load is the product of pressure distributed over an area (psf times ft2 or Pa times m2).  In [...]

Wind Load Calculations and Modeling 2018-02-20T12:26:27+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

Italian Masters: Leonardo da Vinci – Artist, Engineer, Scientist

2018-02-20T13:14:29+00:00

Figure 1: Leonardo da Vinci, by Francesco Melzi Over the course of this blog series, I have written about a number of Italian Masters of science and engineering, from astronomers like Galileo and Cassini to physicists like Torricelli and Venturi.  I’ve saved the best for last, however: Leonardo da Vinci.  He is the quintessential renaissance man who fits both our running definition of “Italian Master” as well as being included in the standard list of Masters with Rafael, Donatello and Michelangelo  Leonardo’s incredibly broad array of talents and interests have long been the subjects of movies, books, TV shows, and, of late, video games.  Throughout his life, he had one hand in the arts, ranging from painting, sculpting, music, history, and literature, [...]

Italian Masters: Leonardo da Vinci – Artist, Engineer, Scientist 2018-02-20T13:14:29+00:00

Thermal Expansion in a Glass and Aluminum Window: Part 2

2018-02-20T13:29:14+00:00

Figure 1: Simplified model of an aluminum-glass window   In last week’s blog, Thermal Expansion in a Glass and Aluminum Window: Part 1, we introduced the basic concept of thermal expansion in solid materials.  Since CTE mismatch can impose extremely high stress, during mechanical engineering design one must consider the temperature exposure and expansion or contraction of a material.  In order to help the read gain insight, we used a simplified aluminum-framed window to demonstrate that a hot summer day would be enough to shatter glass if the window wasn’t equipped with a flexible gasket between the frame and the glass.  For this entry, we utilize a finite element analysis (FEA) to elucidate the stress effects caused by both high and [...]

Thermal Expansion in a Glass and Aluminum Window: Part 2 2018-02-20T13:29:14+00:00

Thermal Expansion in a Glass and Aluminum Window: Part 1

2018-02-21T10:38:23+00:00

Equipment designers must accommodate thermal expansion (CTE)of dissimilar materials, especially when they are subject to large temperature changes.  This problem is often called "CTE mismatch."  In this blog, we give the fundamentals of thermal expansion calculations used in thermo-mechanical analysis. These calculations are simple but useful, and easy enough to perform by hand or with a spread sheet. For more complicated shapes, one must use computer modeling.  As an example, we perform a finite element analysis (FEA) in a later blog http://glewengineering.com/thermal-expansion-in-a-glass-and-aluminum-window-part-2/, of a glass and aluminum window and frame to show where the stress is excessive.  This points to the obvious need for a gasket to perform as a thermal interface material, in order to lessen [...]

Thermal Expansion in a Glass and Aluminum Window: Part 1 2018-02-21T10:38:23+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

2018-04-10T16:24:41+00:00

Figure 1: Mars Exploration Rover mobility testing By NASA

12 Years a Martian: Mechanical Engineering on Mars, The Red Planet 2018-04-10T16:24:41+00:00

FEA Consulting Part 6: Analyzing Results

2017-11-08T16:44:21+00:00

Figure 1: Shear stress results for our concrete slab simulation.  The red area of high compression is where the corner of the square-shaped supporting column holds up the slab. © Glew Engineering Consulting, 2016 Welcome to the final entry in our finite element analysis (FEA) blog series, in which I'll discuss a little about analyzing and evaluating FEA results.  Over the course of this blog series, I've covered tips on setting up the model in CAD and in the FEA program, configuring the analysis, and generating results.  The final step in the process is the analysis of the results, both to get the answers to whatever problem inspired the FEA simulation and to ensure that the final results are [...]

FEA Consulting Part 6: Analyzing Results 2017-11-08T16:44:21+00:00

FEA Consulting Part 5: Generating Results

2017-05-03T15:37:10+00:00

Figure 1: Displacement results for our concrete slab simulation.  The slab is supported in the center by a square column, and on the sides by a theoretical wall. © Glew Engineering Consulting, 2016 Time now for the last in our blog series on FEA.  I’ve previously discussed how to set up CAD for FEA, how to mesh that CAD model and the different types of analysis that FEA programs can run.  The next step in the process is generating results from the FEA simulation, like the displacement illustration in Figure 1.  These are fantastic tools for generating useful reports, and are also very useful in helping an FEA consultant or engineer check the accuracy of the own results. As a [...]

FEA Consulting Part 5: Generating Results 2017-05-03T15:37:10+00:00

FEA Consulting Part 4: Simulation and Analysis

2017-05-05T10:07:54+00:00

Figure 1: Mesh, loads and constraints, ready for analysis © Glew Engineering Consulting, inc. 2016 Welcome again to our series on finite element analysis (FEA).  In the last blogs, I covered steps on setting up a computer-aided design (CAD) model and how to set up the mesh and boundary conditions, the most crucial steps in FEA simulation.  In this blog, I’ll look at the actual simulation and analysis, which can be the most time-consuming stage in the process. As a reminder, for an example I’ve been using a recent project we worked on involving punching shear in reinforced concrete.  We were examining the effectiveness of reinforcing a column-supported concrete slab against the possibility of that column punching through the concrete. Types of [...]

FEA Consulting Part 4: Simulation and Analysis 2017-05-05T10:07:54+00:00

FEA Consulting Part 3: Meshing and Boundary Conditions

2018-03-27T15:27:13+00:00

We'll continue on now with our blog series on finite element analysis (FEA).  After discussing how to best set up a computer-aided design (CAD) model for FEA simulation, in this blog I'll cover the next step: meshing the model and applying boundary conditions.  "Meshing" is the process by which the CAD model is separated into discrete finite elements; it can be done in the same program that runs the FEA numerical simulation later, or it might be performed in a standalone program, depending on your software.  Boundary conditions are the loads (forces, movements, impacts, etc) and constraints that interact to actually cause deformation and stress in each element, and in turn the model as a whole. Mesh Generation The mesh essentially [...]

FEA Consulting Part 3: Meshing and Boundary Conditions 2018-03-27T15:27:13+00:00

FEA Consulting Part 2: CAD Model Preparation

2017-05-02T16:56:01+00:00

Figure 1: Reinforced concrete mesh © Glew Engineering Consulting Welcome back to our blog series on FEA.  In the last blog entry, we introduced some of the fundamental concepts in finite element analysis (FEA).  This entry in the blog series focuses on the initial steps in preparing a computer-aided design (CAD) model ready for use in an FEA program.  Since FEA programs are very sensitive to the data they have to work with, it's important that the CAD models being analyzed are compatible with the analysis methods the FEA program uses. In order to illustrate my points throughout the blog series, I will introduce a recent FEA consulting project that we completed. Modeling Punching Shear in a Concrete Slab We were recently approached by an academic, who was examining [...]

FEA Consulting Part 2: CAD Model Preparation 2017-05-02T16:56:01+00:00

FEA Consulting Part 1: Introduction

2018-03-23T10:52:25+00:00

Figure 1: FEA mesh and shear stress results for a reinforced concrete slab © Glew Engineering Consulting, 2016 Finite Element Analysis Consulting (FEA) In this series of blogs on FEA, we will first cover some basic elements common to many FEA projects, and then in subsequent blogs in this series, illustrate those methods through examples. One of the services that Glew Engineering Consulting provides is finite element analysis consulting (FEA).  FEA consulting has been a great boon to the engineering profession, allowing mechanical engineers and civil engineers to accurately model the stress and strain behavior of complicated parts and assemblies prior to building physical prototypes.  FEA programs are capable of predicting the effects of loads and impacts, variations in temperature, changes in pressure, and [...]

FEA Consulting Part 1: Introduction 2018-03-23T10:52:25+00:00

Lean and Agile Mechanical Engineering: Part 1

2018-04-05T16:41:05+00:00

Applying agile development principles to mechanical engineering.

Lean and Agile Mechanical Engineering: Part 1 2018-04-05T16:41:05+00:00

Computational Fluid Dynamics: Capabilities of Simulation CFD

2017-05-03T13:32:41+00:00

The value of computational fluid dynamics simulation software, and how it can be useful to an engineering firm.

Computational Fluid Dynamics: Capabilities of Simulation CFD 2017-05-03T13:32:41+00:00

Project Management Elements Part Two: The Engineering Specification

2018-02-28T14:30:49+00:00

Engineering project management and the importance of the Engineering Specification

Project Management Elements Part Two: The Engineering Specification 2018-02-28T14:30:49+00:00