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

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

12 Years a Martian: Engineering Challenges on the Red Planet

2018-04-11T14:21:57+00:00

Figure 1: Mars Exploration Rover By NASA/JPL/Cornell University, Maas Digital LLC [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Depending on which Facebook pages or Twitter feeds you follow, some of you may have caught wind that Opportunity (Mars Exploration Rover B, Figure 1) recently passed its twelfth anniversary of its landing on the red planet.  Opportunity’s ongoing trek across Mars represents a fantastic accomplishment in engineering.  At the time I’m writing this, the rover has been in continual operation for over 4,300 Earth days (that’s about 4,185 Sols, or Martian days).  Considering its original planned mission time of 92 Earth days, Opportunity has exceeded its design lifetime by 4,700%.  Imagine having a car that, instead of a [...]

12 Years a Martian: Engineering Challenges on the Red Planet 2018-04-11T14:21:57+00:00

Series on Semiconductor Processing and Integrated Circuits, Part 1: Wire Bonding vs Chip Bonding

2017-05-26T11:42:54+00:00

Semiconductor packaging, one of the final phases of semiconductor processing, is explored.

Series on Semiconductor Processing and Integrated Circuits, Part 1: Wire Bonding vs Chip Bonding 2017-05-26T11:42:54+00:00

2014 IEEE CPMT Winner, Expert in Thermal Management and Heat Transfer

2018-03-28T10:44:17+00:00

Professor Avram Bar-Cohen, 2014 IEEE CPMT Field Award Winner, is leader in heat sink, heat transfer, and thermal management.

2014 IEEE CPMT Winner, Expert in Thermal Management and Heat Transfer 2018-03-28T10:44:17+00:00

Eco Friendly Engineering Materials & Designs: Roofing

2018-04-05T15:52:35+00:00

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

Eco Friendly Engineering Materials & Designs: Roofing 2018-04-05T15:52:35+00:00

The Engineering Advantages and Disadvantages to Steel vs Wood Studs

2017-05-31T15:51:59+00:00

The engineering advantages and disadvantages to using steel studs vs wood studs in residential construction.

The Engineering Advantages and Disadvantages to Steel vs Wood Studs 2017-05-31T15:51:59+00:00

Thermal Properties and Benefits of Polyethylene (PEX) Piping

2017-05-10T14:31:49+00:00

A discussion on the thermal properties and engineering advances in the use of PEX pipe for thermal management in plumbing applications.

Thermal Properties and Benefits of Polyethylene (PEX) Piping 2017-05-10T14:31:49+00:00

Heat Transfer in the Kitchen: Cutting Energy Costs and Thermal Management

2017-05-10T14:39:57+00:00

Further exploring heat transfer and thermal management that occurs in your average kitchen.

Heat Transfer in the Kitchen: Cutting Energy Costs and Thermal Management 2017-05-10T14:39:57+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

Thermal Analysis of Espresso Cup Materials (Part 1)

2017-06-05T11:06:56+00:00

Thermal Analysis of Espresso Cup Materials In our blog this week focuses on espresso coffee and the material of the cup in which it is served. The three standard materials that will be tested are paper, Styrofoam and ceramic. Paper cups are designed for cold drinks, so it is likely that they will result in the lowest amount of thermal energy retention in the espresso coffee. Styrofoam cups are designed as a cheaper and single-use alternative to standard ceramic coffee cups. Since they have the ability to handle a large range of temperatures, they will be able to manage the thermal energy in the espresso coffee. Ceramic cups are designed to handle extremely hot temperatures and then be washed [...]

Thermal Analysis of Espresso Cup Materials (Part 1) 2017-06-05T11:06:56+00:00