Italian Masters: Volta Jump-Starts Electrical Engineering

By | 2017-11-07T16:51:43+00:00 February 25th, 2016|Electrical Engineering, Materials Science|

Figure 1: Allesandro Volta We’ve been taking a break from hard-hitting mechanical engineering and materials science blogs with some pieces on the Italian masters of science, mathematics and engineering in the 16-19th centuries.  I’ve previously explored the lives and contributions of Evangelista Torricelli, Giovanni Venturi and Giovanni Cassini.  For this blog, I’m focusing on Alessandro Volta, who helped revolutionize our understanding of electricity and electrochemstry it in the late 18th century.  […]

FEA Consulting Part 6: Analyzing Results

By | 2017-11-08T16:44:21+00:00 February 9th, 2016|Finite Element Analysis, Mechanical Engineering|

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, [...]

FEA Consulting Part 5: Generating Results

By | 2017-05-03T15:37:10+00:00 February 1st, 2016|Finite Element Analysis, Mechanical Engineering|

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 [...]

FEA Consulting Part 4: Simulation and Analysis

By | 2017-05-05T10:07:54+00:00 January 29th, 2016|Finite Element Analysis, Mechanical Engineering|

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 [...]

Engineering Consulting Firms and Hollywood Share a Common Bond

By | 2017-05-25T15:43:51+00:00 September 19th, 2014|Electrical Engineering, Engineering Consulting, Mechanical Engineering|

Consulting engineers and Hollywood share a common bond in breathing new life into projects.

New Class of Electronic Devices Could Come From 2-D Transistors

By | 2017-05-08T11:24:49+00:00 July 9th, 2014|Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Semiconductor|

Thin-film transistors and field emission transistors made from 2-D materials could lead to a new class of electronic devices.

‘Green Light’ in Greenland Lends Hope For Rare Earth Mining

By | 2017-05-10T12:34:04+00:00 October 28th, 2013|Materials Science, Safety, Semiconductor|

A discussion over the mining availabilityof rare earth elements in Greenland and what it means to the semiconductor and engineering industries

Eco Friendly Engineering Materials & Designs: Roofing

By | 2017-05-10T14:14:58+00:00 September 27th, 2013|Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Thermal Management|

Engineering designs and materials for roofing that work like a heat sink and help with the thermal management within a structure.

Engineering Environmentally Friendly Materials: Concrete

By | 2017-05-10T14:20:37+00:00 September 13th, 2013|Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Thermal Management|

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