Part 2: Self-driving Cars Expand the Fight Over Airwaves

2019-09-13T15:17:11-07:00

Engineers Say Public is Hungry for More Wi-Fi Capacity, the telecom industry is looking to snatch control of underutilized airwaves reserved for the auto industry. But this is coming just as carmakers begin to make progress on developing and adopting technologies for connected and autonomous cars that currently rely on that spectrum. The Big Picture: Tech and telecom companies have been fighting for years over spectrum to support exploding demand for mobile services and smartphones. Automakers have had exclusive access to a band of spectrum for almost 20 years [...]

Part 2: Self-driving Cars Expand the Fight Over Airwaves2019-09-13T15:17:11-07:00

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

2019-09-13T15:27:26-07:00

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, [...]

Material Engineers Looking to Future: Solar Assisted Electric Vehicles  (SAEVs)2019-09-13T15:27:26-07:00

Semiconductor Record Fab Spending 2018

2019-09-13T14:55:11-07:00

Good News for Materials Scientists - Semiconductor Record Spending Fab spending reports show unprecedented high semiconductor equipment sales are being driven by a handful of well-known companies, and also by several new Chinese companies entering the semiconductor marketplace. An increase in overall fab spending (greenfield construction and equipment together) of 54 percent year-over-year (YoY) in China is expected.  Total spending in China rose from $3.5 billion in 2016, to $5.4 billion in 2017, and then is anticipated to be $8.6 billion in 2018, another 60 percent year-over-year (YoY). The demand for [...]

Semiconductor Record Fab Spending 20182019-09-13T14:55:11-07:00

Semiconductor Worldwide: Samsung Takes Over

2019-09-13T14:51:10-07:00

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 [...]

Semiconductor Worldwide: Samsung Takes Over2019-09-13T14:51:10-07:00

Licensed Mechanical Engineer Reviews a Modified Electric Vehicle – Part 1

2019-09-13T14:55:32-07:00

A Licensed Mechanical Engineer at Glew Engineering Consulting was asked by a company in Southern California to provide a Professional Engineer (P.E.) review of body modifications that they made to a theme park owned 1983 Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) that they had converted to an electric vehicle. Figure 1. A Mechanical Engineer Analyzed the Front of Custom Sport Utility Vehicle  Licensed Mechanical Engineer Reviews a Modified Electric Vehicle The client had already designed and built a vehicle, so Glew Engineering analyzed an “as built” vehicle.  The company [...]

Licensed Mechanical Engineer Reviews a Modified Electric Vehicle – Part 12019-09-13T14:55:32-07:00

Italian Masters: Volta Jump-Starts Electrical Engineering

2017-11-07T16:51:43-07:00

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.  […]

Italian Masters: Volta Jump-Starts Electrical Engineering2017-11-07T16:51:43-07:00

FEA Consulting Part 6: Analyzing Results

2017-11-08T16:44:21-07:00

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 [...]

FEA Consulting Part 6: Analyzing Results2017-11-08T16:44:21-07:00

FEA Consulting Part 5: Generating Results

2017-05-03T15:37:10-07:00

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 [...]

FEA Consulting Part 5: Generating Results2017-05-03T15:37:10-07:00

FEA Consulting Part 4: Simulation and Analysis

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

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 [...]

FEA Consulting Part 4: Simulation and Analysis2017-05-05T10:07:54-07:00

Engineering Consulting Firms and Hollywood Share a Common Bond

2018-04-05T16:23:36-07:00

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

Engineering Consulting Firms and Hollywood Share a Common Bond2018-04-05T16:23:36-07:00

Materials Science Engineering Make a More Energy Efficient Fuel Cell

2018-04-06T14:50:44-07:00

Standford School of Engineering researchers are studying ways to make more efficient fuel cells.

Materials Science Engineering Make a More Energy Efficient Fuel Cell2018-04-06T14:50:44-07:00

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

2017-05-08T11:24:49-07:00

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

New Class of Electronic Devices Could Come From 2-D Transistors2017-05-08T11:24:49-07:00

UC Berkeley Engineering Faculty Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

2017-05-09T15:38:48-07:00

UC Berkeley engineering professors are elected into the National Academy of Engineering.

UC Berkeley Engineering Faculty Elected to the National Academy of Engineering2017-05-09T15:38:48-07:00

California Gaining Recognition from the US Patent Office

2018-09-06T14:31:15-07:00

The new deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is a Silicon Valley native.

California Gaining Recognition from the US Patent Office2018-09-06T14:31:15-07:00