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  • Ocean will power new home in South Africa

    ASCE SmartBrief
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    An architect has made plans to use the energy of ocean waves to help power a new home in South Africa.  -More- 
  • Conference: NYC Student Numbers Push Growth in Higher-Ed Sector

    Top Stories from
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Both public and private institutions are boosting their technology and science offerings.
  • Mass gaging system will measure fuel transfer in zero gravity

    Engineering News -- ScienceDaily
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Transfer of super-cooled or cryogenic fuel from one tank to another in the zero gravity of space may one day be a reality. But the challenges of measuring fuels and fuel levels in the weightlessness of space must be solved first. A newly developed sensor technology that will be tested on the early suborbital flights of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo in 2015.
  • Iridium Dressed To The Nines

    Chemical & Engineering News: Latest News
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Periodic Table: IrO4 is the first molecule with an element in the +9 oxidation state
  • Removing gloves and other protective equipment

    CENtral ScienceCENtral Science
    Jyllian Kemsley
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    One of the things highlighted in the news this week is the risks of contamination from removing—”doffing”—personal protective equipment. “Meticulous removal, or doffing, of PPE is as important as its meticulous donning,” wrote infectious disease physician Amesh A. Adalja in “Ebola Lessons We Need To Learn From Dallas.” Most chemists don’t need to fear Ebola, but they do wear PPE to protect from chemical exposure. I asked Iowa State University lab safety specialist Ryan Wyllie and biosafety specialist Amy Helgerson what chemistry researchers should keep in mind when…
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    Engineering News -- ScienceDaily

  • Mass gaging system will measure fuel transfer in zero gravity

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Transfer of super-cooled or cryogenic fuel from one tank to another in the zero gravity of space may one day be a reality. But the challenges of measuring fuels and fuel levels in the weightlessness of space must be solved first. A newly developed sensor technology that will be tested on the early suborbital flights of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo in 2015.
  • NASA creating a virtual telescope with two small spacecraft

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Although scientists have flown two spacecraft in formation, no one ever has aligned the spacecraft with a specific astronomical target and then held that configuration to make a scientific observation -- creating, in effect, a single or "virtual" telescope with two distinctly different satellites.
  • Three-dimensional metamaterials with a natural bent

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    Scientists have succeeded in creating a large metamaterial, up to 4 mm x 4 mm2 in size, that is essentially isotropic, using a type of metamaterial element called a split-ring resonator.
  • First protein microfiber engineered: New material advances tissue engineering and drug delivery

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Researchers have broken new ground in the development of proteins that form specialized fibers used in medicine and nanotechnology. For as long as scientists have been able to create new proteins that are capable of self-assembling into fibers, their work has taken place on the nanoscale. For the first time, this achievement has been realized on the microscale -- a leap of magnitude in size that presents significant new opportunities for using engineered protein fibers.
  • RF heating of magnetic nanoparticles improves thawing of cryopreserved biomaterials

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Successful techniques for cryopreserving bulk biomaterials and organ systems would transform current approaches to transplantation and regenerative medicine. However, while vitrified cryopreservation holds great promise, practical application has been limited to smaller systems (cells and thin tissues) due to diffusive heat and mass transfer limitations, which are typically manifested as devitrification and cracking failures during thaw. Reserachers leverage a clinically proven technology platform, in magnetically heated nanoparticles, to overcome this major hurdle limiting further…
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  • Removing gloves and other protective equipment

    Jyllian Kemsley
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    One of the things highlighted in the news this week is the risks of contamination from removing—”doffing”—personal protective equipment. “Meticulous removal, or doffing, of PPE is as important as its meticulous donning,” wrote infectious disease physician Amesh A. Adalja in “Ebola Lessons We Need To Learn From Dallas.” Most chemists don’t need to fear Ebola, but they do wear PPE to protect from chemical exposure. I asked Iowa State University lab safety specialist Ryan Wyllie and biosafety specialist Amy Helgerson what chemistry researchers should keep in mind when…
  • On individual versus institutional responsibility for workplace injuries

    Jyllian Kemsley
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    A comment on personal versus institutional responsibility by Suzanne Donovan, an infectious disease specialist at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, who spoke on NPR on Sunday about the Texas health care worker now infected with Ebola: And I think it’s really important that there is no finger-pointing at the healthcare worker so that the healthcare worker did something wrong because this is all about training and having the appropriate equipment. … I think in a country like the United States, where there’s very few cases, the environment is very safe and the equipment is…
  • Preparing piranha

    Jyllian Kemsley
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Piranha solutions are used to remove organic residues from substrates. Typically a 3:1 mixture of concentrated sulfuric acid to 30% hydrogen peroxide, it is highly corrosive and a powerful oxidizer. Simply mixing the solution is dangerous. And mixing piranha begs the question raises the question: Add the acid to the peroxide, or the other way around? Everyone hopefully learned in chemistry labs to “never cover an acid”–that is, when diluting, always add acid to water, not the other way around. For piranha, however, best practice is to add the peroxide to the acid. Robin…
  • Denver student hit in chest with jet of flaming methanol

    Jyllian Kemsley
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    New incident, same message: Don’t pour alcohol anywhere near a possible flame. At a press briefing yesterday, Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board investigators spoke about what they’ve learned so far regarding an incident at a Denver high school that sent four students to the hospital on Monday: The teacher lit a small pool of methanol to demonstrate its flame properties. When the flame didn’t rise as high as desired, he added more methanol from a 4 L container. The fire flashed back into the container, then emerged as a “jet fire” that traveled 15 ft…
  • Is combustible dust a concern for research labs?

    Jyllian Kemsley
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    In last week’s exploding pianos post, the experiments focused on the addition of flour to a theatrical “flash pot.” How important the flour was to the ensuing explosion was never resolved. Flour is, in fact, a combustible material–along with sugar, grains, tobacco, plastics, wood, paper, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, dyes, coal, and metals. The U.S. Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board has been warning about combustible dust hazards in industry for years. A CSB report on combustible dust issued in 2006 recommended that the Occupational Safety & Health…
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    Engineering Ethics Blog

  • Handling Ebola Patients: An Engineering Problem

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    Two nurses who treated the late Ebola-virus victim Thomas Eric Duncan have been diagnosed with Ebola virus as well.  They treated him at the Texas Health Presbyterian Center hospital in Dallas, where he died on October 8 after traveling there from Liberia, where he acquired the virus.  Despite apparently following the protocols recommended by the U. S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) for dealing with patients with Ebola, nurses Nina Pham and Amber Joy Vinson are now being treated for the disease as well.  Their chances are grim:  the death rate from the virus can be as…
  • Imagining Geoengineering

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    Okay, suppose some of the most extreme voices warning of global warming are right.  Suppose we really do face the inundation of much of the world's coastlines in a generation or two.  Even if, starting tomorrow, nobody ever burned a drop or a gram of fossil fuel ever again, the carbon dioxide now in the atmosphere might take hundreds of years to fall to pre-industrial levels.  So simply implementing restrictions on fossil fuels to reduce carbon-dioxide levels may not do the job fast enough.  What do we do in the meantime?  To use an automotive analogy, if you're going…
  • Playing with Nuclear Fire

    6 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    The safety of nuclear weapons is the theme of Eric Schlosser's 2013 book Command and Control:  Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety.  After reading the book, my own reaction is mirrored in a quote Schlosser cites from General George Butler, who became head of the U. S. Strategic Air Command shortly before the Soviet Union came to an end in 1991.  After familiarizing himself with the secret plans for nuclear war, Butler later remarked that "we escaped the Cold War without a nuclear holocaust by some combination of skill, luck, and divine…
  • The Limits of Diversity

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    This month's Scientific American devotes twenty pages to articles on diversity in science—the shameful lack thereof, and what can be done about it. One piece is a kind of confessional by a Lockheed Martin engineer who quickly moved into management and found that as she chose staff from widely varying backgrounds, the quality of her group's work increased.  Other articles cite social-science studies that show diverse organizations are not only more socially just; they do better science and engineering too.  The reader of these paeans to diversity could not be blamed for taking away…
  • Go Slow with GoPro?

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
    In an article in this week's New Yorker magazine, Nick Paumgarten contemplates the wider effects of GoPro, the sports-oriented wearable cameras that have inspired viral videos of amazing stunts watched by millions on the Internet, and things like the GoPro Mountain Games, a venue where mountain bikers, rock climbers, and even ten-year-old girls on ziplines record every second of their exploits for fun, and sometimes profit.  (It turns out that GoPro sponsors certain athletes with things like free cameras, or a monetary reward for getting a million hits on a GoPro-made YouTube…
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  • Alaskan megathrust fault more active under Kodiak

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:27 pm
    The 1964 Alaska Earthquake was 9.2 in magnitude and caused dramatic destruction and dramatic examples of surface rupture, subsidence, and liquefaction. New paleoseismic evidence points to a previously unknown earthquake that happened on the same fault segment approximately 500 years ago. This new evidence would change the recurrence interval for the earthquakes on the Alaskan megathrust fault, which would affect seismic hazard in Alaska, but could also increase the tsunami hazard in places as far away as California and Hawaii. [Source: EARTH Magazine via AEG Insider. Image: Wikipedia]
  • Panama Canal Cover Story in Pile Buck Magazine

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:26 pm
    The latest issue of Pile Buck Magazine has a cover story on the Panama Canal Construction. Talk about a mega project! There are actually two articles, the first includes a very nice summary of the overall project. Both discuss the construction of a huge cofferdam to separate Miraflores Lake from the construction area for the new Pacific Access Channel. This channel will link the third set of locks to Culebra Cut. The cofferdam consisted of 58 circular cells comprised of 17,000 tons of straight and z-section sheet piling. [Source: Read the article for free in Pile Buck Magazine. Image: Pile…
  • Catch-up Post for October 8, 2014

    8 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    Leading Building Foundations Engineer Clyde Baker Joins GEI Consultants - Source: VPO Press Release Contractor announces details of repair work plan for the SR 99 tunneling machine - Source: WSDOT Alaskan Way Viaduct Hayward Baker Forms Strategic Alliance with EOS Remediation and Chemical Grouting Company - Source: Digital Journal Remodeling Bertha’s launch pit - Source: WSDOT Alaskan Way Viaduct Engineering Company Aecom to Buy URS for $4B - Source: ABC News Numerical study verifies use of soil filters to enhance dam's earthquake resistance - Source: via @URETEKHoldings…
  • LiDAR Applications in Landslides

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:12 pm
    The cover story in the latest issue of LIDAR Magazine is titled Unearthing Landslides. It describes the work done by a company called Quantum Spatial in the immediate aftermath of the Oso Landslide. They were also involved in scanning the recent landslide in Grand Mesa, Colorado. Quantum Spatial has developed a landslide tool that identifies areas of landslide risk based on different aspects of the LiDAR based topography. [Source: Read the article from LiDAR News. Image: LIDAR Magazine]
  • Happy Karl Terzaghi's Birthday 2014!

    2 Oct 2014 | 4:53 am
    It's October 2 again, and today would have been Karl Terzaghi's 131st birthday. As I was reflecting on Terzaghi and some of his quotes, I was reading a passage from Professor's Goodman's biography1 that described a talk that he gave in 1924 entitled "The Way to Happiness." I thought this would be a nice change of pace from some of his more famous quotes and topics. Here are some selections from Goodman's description of the presentation. ...This stems from application of the law of selection, which "leads to the survival of the most clever, most reckless, and most hypocritical.
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    Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » Engineering

  • Appropriate Technology and Focus on Improving Lives at MIT

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    I have written about the D-lab at MIT founded by Amy Smith. This is just a reminder of all the good stuff they are doing. The D-Lab is building a global network of innovators to design and disseminate technologies that meaningfully improve the lives of people living in poverty. The program’s mission is pursued through interdisciplinary courses, technology development, and community initiatives, all of which emphasize experiential learning, real-world projects, community-led development, and scalability. Another of their initiatives, the International Development Innovators Network seeks to…
  • STEM Graduates in the USA: 465,000 Women and 451,000 Men

    4 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    STEM baccalaureate degrees in the USA in 2010 (reported by NSF in 2014): Field Women Men Science (including math) 442,000 343,000 Engineering 23,000 108,000 Health 193,000 36,000 Total 658,000 586,000 If you exclude health, women still lead 465,000 to 451,000. The same data for master’s degrees: Field Women Men Science (including math) 86,000 72,000 Engineering 14,000 49,000 Health 97,000 22,000 Total 197,000 147,000 Excluding health the totals are: women 100,000, men 125,000. In 2005, 235,197 women received undergraduate science and engineering degrees, compared to 230,806 for men. In…
  • Engineering Graduates Earned a Return on Their Investment In Education of 21%

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:24 pm
    A recent report from the New York Fed looks at the economic benefits of college. While there has been a great deal of talk about the “bubble” in higher education the Fed finds college is very wise economically for most people. They do find a larger portion of people that are not getting a great return on their investment in higher education. That could well indicate students studying certain majors and perhaps some people with less stellar academic skills would be better off economically skipping college. Do the Benefits of College Still Outweigh the Costs? an analysis of the…
  • Self Driving Cars Have Huge Potential for Benefit to Society

    6 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    Self-driving cars was something that seemed very far-fetched when I first read Google was seriously investing in pursuing that idea as a commercially viable product (Google’s Self Driving Car – 2010 post). I quickly became convinced they were right. I still think it is questionable if they will succeed (the political issues may well be even more difficult than technical ones). But the chances of success seem reasonable and the investment in research could provide a huge payoff. Google’s self driving cars have driven 700,000 miles without an accident already; which is amazing.
  • Stop Sign Mistake Proofing

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:53 pm
    This is a pretty cool example of using technology to prevent problems. The video shows a system that cascades a sheet of water and displays a stop sign directly in the path of trucks ready to crash into a tunnel (because the truck is too tall). The driver had ignored several less obvious signals that they were headed for danger. This is an application of one of my favorite management (and industrial engineering) concepts: mistake proofing. As I have stated before, often it is really mistake making more difficult rather than mistake proofing. This truck driver ignored the first several…
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    Blog de Expertos de Google Apps

  • NOTICIA: Cambio de impuestos en la Unión Europea para Google Apps

    Jan Blogxpert
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Desde la semana pasada Google ha estado informando a los usuarios de Google Apps y Blogger sobre un tema que considero importante para conversar, esto referente a los impuestos en la Unión Europea; como España y otros países de dicha región. Por tal motivo vamos a tratar de éste tema en éste artículo. RECUERDA: Éste cambio incluye dominios tanto de Google Apps y Blogger. 1. ¿QUÉ CAMBIOS VAN
  • COMUNIDAD: Entendiendo Google Apps For Work

    Jan Blogxpert
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    El mes pasado Google celebró un año más en Internet, y consigo trajo un relanzamiento para Google Apps, por ello he decidido dedicar una entrada y entender qué es éste cambio tan importante de Google para la comunidad Business. RECUERDA: La noticia es Google Business ha cambiado de nombre a Google for Work. _ _ _ 1. ¿QUÉ ES GOOGLE APPS FOR WORK? Para facilitar esto hay que entender que era
  • COMUNIDAD: Filtran lista de cuentas de Google Hackeadas

    Jan Blogxpert
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    El miércoles por la tarde empezó a correr un rumor de una supuesta lista de alrededor de cinco millones de cuentas de Google y sus contraseñas de usuarios en español, inglés y ruso, si bien parecía un rumor el día de hoy Google lo confirmo. 1. ¿QUÉ HA PASADO EXACTAMENTE? Un usuario de ciberseguridad (Foro Russo) publicó una supuesta base de datos de casi 5 millones de cuentas de usuarios de
  • NOTA: Periodo o Ciclo de vida de un dominio

    Jan Blogxpert
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Éste articulo lo tenía en pendiente debido a que la información que se ha reunido tenía que investigarse, y como resultado lo puedo subir después de bastante tiempo para su desarrollo. Cuando hablamos de dominios, tenemos 2 situaciones los usuarios que lo han registrado por Google Apps o Blogger (para efectos de éste artículo serán consideramos lo mismo) o lo han registrado por un domainer (
  • PASO A PASO: Como instalar o cambiar una Plantilla en Blogger

    Jan Blogxpert
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Blogger es uno de los servicios que vengo usando desde el año 2001 (justo cuando fue adquirido por Google), desde ése entonces Blogger ha venido adaptándose a las necesidades de los usuarios como un buen CMS e incluso considero que es uno de los mejores (Wordpress lo es también, pero prefiero Blogger), por eso me anime a desarrollar un Paso a Paso básico, pues tengo una lista de artículos que
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    Urban Workbench

  • Finding the Leak

    Mike Thomas
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    City of Revelstoke crews operating the vactor truck to locate a watermain break using hydro-excavation.
  • Watermain Replacement

    Mike Thomas
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Among other things, one of my projects in the past month was pulling an old 40m water main out of a culvert under the Trans Canada Highway. We had no information on the condition of the culvert or exactly how the pipe was held together, we spent several utilities meetings working through possible solutions and problem-solving to find a cost-effective method as our first attempt, working up to more complicated removal and replacement options from there in case the easiest option didn’t work. So how do you remove an asbestos cement watermain in a steel culvert of unknown condition…
  • When are your creative times?

    Mike Thomas
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    The idea that there is a best time of the day to do your creative work is fascinating. This graphic shows that among great thinkers, writers and artists, there is no common pattern. When are you most creative? Keen to develop better work habits? Discover how some of the world’s greatest minds scheduled creative work into their daily routines.Click image to see the interactive version (via Podio).
  • Highway One Problems & Solutions

    Mike Thomas
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    How do you fix the two-lane Trans-Canada Highway? Summer is time for road-trips and camping, Albertan’s spilling into BC to enjoy the Province’s natural beauty, families travelling to visit relatives, beach vacations – and unfortunately for many of these trips, the Trans-Canada Highway is a necessary part of the route. On twitter, I have several searches that I check before I head out on the Trans Canada Highway from Revelstoke @DriveBC and  #Revelstoke #BCHWY1. Incidents such as this one from earlier this month are the reason why: Four people were seriously injured and…
  • How I Keep My Lists in Order – Workflowy

    Mike Thomas
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    Make Lists, Not War! Photo Credit: kleuske cc Do you make lists? Do you use an orderly system on your computer or in a notebook; or do you scribble them out on sticky notes? In today’s information rich environment, the ability to keep lists, to-dos, projects and tasks in order is important, do you use lists for brainstorming, or shopping lists? Or how about packing lists? I’ve tried all types of productivity software, and those apps that shine are the often the simplest. One of my favourites that holds a coveted space on my iPhone homescreen and work desktop is Workflowy. It…
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    Chris Gammell's Analog Life

  • The magic of books

    Chris Gammell
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    What is it about books? They still hold a place of magic in our society and to me. I have had a few opportunities to write a book or two now, at least the offer to begin writing one or talk about writing one. I have passed on all of them so far. Not because I don’t want to. I actually would quite enjoy it. However, talking to all the people I know who have written (technical) books have told me two things: It’s really really really hard It’s really worth it. How am I supposed to process that? I suppose it’s much like asking someone whether their time in the military…
  • (KiCad) Information Wants To Be Free

    Chris Gammell
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This is a cross-post from the Contextual Electronics blog, as it affects readers here and there TL; DR: I am releasing all of the KiCad videos that were part of Contextual Electronics to the public and have started a new site/forum to support them. See below for announcement video. I officially finished the first two sessions (1A & 1B) of Contextual Electronics in early June. It was a great experience, especially for a first time course, especially one where there was money involved and I was the IT guy on the project. It wasn’t a super smooth build, but that kind of added to the…
  • As big as…space

    Chris Gammell
    28 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Last week on my electronics podcast, The Amp Hour, I did something uncharacteristic: I mentioned where I’m working, while I’m working there. Normally I don’t talk about my place of employment until after I have left, which has always served me well. There is no conflict of interest in talking about work that protected by non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).  This time is different though, because the nature of the company is different (and my role will be more public facing than my normal role as an engineer). I’ve been working with Supply Frame part time, in addition…
  • Don’t Wait For Permission

    Chris Gammell
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    I have corresponded with a international student for a few years now. I honestly can’t even remember how we met online and it doesn’t matter. He showed interest in my work and we started talking and have continued as he has graduated from US university and found a job locally. Recently he asked me: I don’t like my current job. How can I get a job at Google? I asked him why he wanted to move to Google. High pay? Exciting work? Big challenges? A recognizable name on a resume? All of these things can be had at other companies, many that are easier to get to than Google.
  • I’m in the knowledge business, not the hardware business

    Chris Gammell
    4 Mar 2014 | 12:25 pm
    I’m paying way too much to get PCBs made. How do I know this? I’ve done it before. I know how many boards I’m making (quite a few!). I know the costs. I know the tradeoffs. And not only that, I’ve gotten quotes from China. I’ve seen how little I can pay (15-20% of what I will end up paying per board). But that’s not the whole story of course (one sentence statements of my idiocy are left for my Twitter account, this is much more long form). No, this is actually a combination of factors, mistakes and conscious decisions that brings me to this point. So…
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  • Link between Agri. Engineers and other Engineers

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Hi guys I am new here.. And I'm very happy being here hopeful i will get your support.. Starting: 1. I will like to know or discuss with you guys that how is Agriculture engineers can link with other engineers? Probably mostly linked are mechanical engineers. Any other please? 2. How can they work together in field? 3. The main difference between those who take B. Tech. agricultural engineering and those took B. Sc. agricultural engineering? Thanks let discuss!!
  • Is there a limit to Moore's law?

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Multinational companies have worked hard to integrate smaller and smaller transistors onto chips, but some already say that Moore's law is coming to the end of its road. However, nanotechnology has pushed through many barriers that previously seemed insurmountable. As you know, in 1990, it was believed that no circuit-drawing technique could reach resolutions smaller than one micron. In 1995, we were assured that it was impossible to go smaller than 250 nanometres. Despite this, today's... Is there a limit to Moore's law?
  • Can students below 60% in BE academics eligible for any psu after cracking Gate 2015???

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Can students below 60% in BE academics eligible for any psu after cracking Gate 2015???
  • string pool in java

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    when we declare a string object in the form of String aa=new String("java") and String aa="java" ,then is that in both cases the string object is made on the heap area. Or is it the case that in first case we have a string pool wherein we have a string literal whose value is "java" and the reference of that string literal in the string pool is returned to the object in the heap created by the expression new String("java") ,and now the reference of this object is actually returned to the... string pool in java
  • Electromechanical Mast

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    sanketh krishnappa submitted a new project: Electromechanical Mast - Telescopic mast which has huge demand in India and worldwide screw-drive telescopic mast that offers fully automated elevation solutions. Designed for communications, reconnaissance, and surveillance applications. Looking for valuable inputs to develop this product in India, it ranges from 4 mtr to 18 mts.Click to expand... ... Electromechanical Mast
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    Machine Design

  • Daylight Saving Time and its effect on energy and trains

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    Does Daylight Saving Time save energy or waste money? A Skeptical Engineer read more
  • SourceESB: The Pipeline to Supplier Intelligence

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Christina Cavano, Director of SourceESB Finding reliable suppliers and good sources of quality components is a constant concern for design engineers, according to Machine Design’s current Salary Survey, which also takes a look at engineers’ attitudes and issues. read more
  • Rugged SBC Integrates Intel i7 Quad-Core Processor

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Staff The C163 from Aitech Defense Systems is a rugged 6U VME SBC based on the 4th generation Intel Core i7 quad-core (Haswell) processor family. read more
  • Screw Drive Survival and Actuator Life

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    Igor Glikin, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Tolomatic Inc. A host of factors influence how long a screw actuator will operate properly. Here are some tips on accurately estimating how long that will be. A host of factors influence how long a screw actuator will operate properly. Here are some tips on accurately estimating how long that will be. read more
  • Reshoring OEM Makes Oilfield Pumps with U.S. Equipment

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    John Piehl. Sales Manager, Tyler Mitchell, Project Engineer, Ahaus Tool and Engineering, Richmond, Ind. All fixture and machine-assembly jobs are unique, but one Texas facility was set to manufacture gear casings with enormous dimensions — so it needed machines with fixtures, loaders, and presses that could handle big parts. Here’s how they quickly setup the machinery with a U.S. supplier. read more
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  • The Engineering Workforce Problem: Doing More with No More

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    According to a 2010 Pew research study, roughly 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65 every day for the next 18 years. This increase in retirees means the skilled engineering workforce that companies have depended on will leave behind more openings than there are people to fill them. In December 2012, Aberdeen conducted research into the state of the engineering and technical workforce and found out a majority of the 526 companies polled (over 60%) feel understaffed in their engineering positions.This Analyst Insight will look into how Best-in-Class manufacturers successfully win the fight against…
  • Engineering the Perfect Cover Letter

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sooner or later, your career may turn on a single piece of paper: the infamous cover letter. How can yours avoid being filed under Recycling without a second glance?Approached purely as a piece of persuasive writing, drafting the perfect cover letter can drive good people mad with stress and self-doubt. We prefer to treat the cover letter as an engineering problem, with three functional goals and two design constraints.Download this FREE guide and we’ll help you deconstruct the notoriously stressful cover letter into a clean, reusable schematic.Request Free!
  • Sound & Communications

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Each month, Sound & Communications delivers in-depth application design/install solutions, new products, news, technology tutorials, market analysis and reference information.Concentrating on the commercial AV systems integration segment, coverage includes breaking news, system design and applications, trade show reports, new technologies and tutorials, and extensive product information.Known as the applications source, Sound & Communications specializes in in-depth analysis of major installations and technical white papers in every issue.Request Free!
  • 7 Things Engineers Want Recruiters and Employers to Know

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The research points to a considerable gap between what engineers want and what recruiters and employers think they want. Since “74% of surveyed human resource professionals stated that engineers are the most challenging position to fill,” Engineer Jobs decided to explore the issue further.Read on to find out the 7 Things Engineers Want Recruiters and Employers to Know.Request Free!
  • NGA in Numbers: Spotlight on Eastern Europe

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The demands of customers for access to the internet are increasing and in response to this across Eastern Europe, the levels of broadband penetration are increasing. With some countries pulling ahead of the pack, it is worth examining who the frontrunners are. In this interactive infographic, Telecoms IQ illustrates the countries with the most subscribers, with the highest speeds and the best per capita penetration.Request Free!
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    Design World Online

  • Model 1012 8-channel mini PCI-express frame grabber

    Jennifer Calhoon
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Sensoray brings enhanced performance and flexibility with the Model 1012, 8-channel Mini PCI-Express frame grabber that can simultaneously capture 8 channels of NTSC/PAL video, plus optional 8 channels of mono audio. Each video channel captures at full frame rate 30 fps (for NTSC) or 25 fps (for PAL), which results in an aggregate frame rate of up to 240 fps (for NTSC) or 200 fps (for PAL). The board implements a single-lane (x1) Mini PCI-Express interface that enables it to be plugged into any standard Mini PCI-Express slot. All operating power is supplied from the Mini PCI-Express bus and…
  • Low leakage current 3-phase filter, FMBC LL

    Jennifer Calhoon
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    SCHURTER expands its successful range of FMBC NEO 3-phase filters with a low leakage current series for applications where leakage currents are restricted to minimal allowable levels. The new FMBC LL family of filters is designed for rated currents between 7 and 180 A. The new series is ideal for applications such as drive technology, where such leakage current restrictions are critical. Today’s electrical industrial installations are increasingly being fitted with residual current devices (RCD) to ensure human safety. This is also a requirement in certain countries for 3-phase systems,…
  • Mead Fluid Dynamics introduces the Manifold PowerStrip™

    Jennifer Calhoon
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Mead Fluid Dynamics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bimba Manufacturing, announces the launch of the Manifold PowerStripTM (MPS), a simple, cost-effective solution for wiring manifold valve stacks. The MPS eliminates individual valve wiring and costly molded cable sets by consolidating wiring to a single home-run cable. Because the MPS uses the existing DIN style solenoid connection, there is no need to specify special connector options. In addition to providing a consolidated wiring solution, the MPS offers integrated surge suppression, indicator LED’s and IP65 ingress protection – common…
  • 2857 series JUMPFLEX® signal conditioners

    Jennifer Calhoon
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    WAGO’s 2857 Series signal conditioners provide conversion, isolation and transmission of many different signal types for factory automation and process control applications. The 2857 Series can be configured via DIP switch, software, JUMPFLEX®-ToGo App, or an optional, plug-in LCD display. Along with a high isolation voltage of 4kV, pluggable picoMAX® connectors for pre-wiring, convenient commoning with WAGO’s 857 Series and Power Supply Module, and multiple marking options, the 2857 also features an extended temperature range of -40 °C to +70 °C making it ideal for use in…
  • STOBER debuts second generation of “PE” helical gearing unit

    Jennifer Calhoon
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    STOBER Drives, Inc. has released the second generation of its PE helical unit family featuring ground helical gearing. The redesigned PE unit is a first in its class, said Brian Sharp, STOBER product support technician. “When compared with spur gear units, the helical gearing of the PE allows for higher torque, ensures lower noise levels, and provides high smoothness in operation,” he said. “The unit adds to the STOBER reputation for being the gold standard in drive solutions.” The new PE series illustrates STOBER’s commitment to solution design, said Sharp. It has four case sizes…
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    Self Proclaimed Die Expert

  • 2014 Oct Meeting: Stamping and Dies Tech Group, Stretch Forming

    9 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    We were very pleased to have a guest from our membership at large lead us in a discussion of his manufacturing process: Stretch Forming. Robert Strasser of Triumph Fabricating Shelbyville took the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • SME Monthly meetings and WEBCASTS

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Stamping & Dies Monthly Meetings and Tech Sessions The 2nd Wednesday of every 1 months,                Time:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • FABTECH 2014: The AutoForm CHALLENGE, the gauntlet is down

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    This November the Self-Proclaimed-Die-Expert will be on site for all 3 days.  Where I will man my employers booth, as well as present in two educational sessions during the technical... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sept 2014: HotStamping, Stamping and Dies Techgroup meeting

    11 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    For our September meeting we revisited the "materials" theme with a discussion on the topic of HOT Stamping of Boron Steels (or Advanced High Strength Steels, AHSS).  Many of our members might... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • August 2014 meeting Stamping and Dies Technical Group

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    It was a great meeting (if that is not too bold for me to brag as I was the lead moderator). But truly had great interaction with new members of SME who are looking to learn and engage with other... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    EVstudio, Architect Engineer Denver Evergreen Colorado, Austin Texas Architect

  • The EVstudio Team Wins Two MAME Awards

    Bill Myhren
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    EVstudio won two Awards this weekend at the Marketing and Merchandising Excellence (MAME) Awards gala which honors the top achievers in the Denver area new home industry. The awards were presented by the Sales & Marketing Council and HBA of Metro Denver. Awards are comprised of marketing, sales, interior design, architectural, and builder awards. The competition this year drew over 250 entries and 500 home building professionals were in attendance. Jim Houlette, PE, won the “Rising Star of the Year” award and was highly praised for his leadership over the last five years as the…
  • EVstudio Announces Mechanical Engineering Affiliation with Dave Buesser in Colorado Springs

    Dean Dalvit
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    In an sustained effort to continue growing our scope of services in multiple markets, EVstudio is proud to bring Dave Buesser, PE onto our dynamic and growing team of professionals.  Dave has a strong background in mechanical, plumbing and process mechanical engineering and energy services in a broad range of markets including healthcare, higher ed,  science, technology, laboratories and government. Dave got "old fighter" Dave will be supporting the Mechanical Engineering needs for the  Denver, Evergreen and Copperas Cove offices, as well as providing services in the greater…
  • Top 10 Important Things to Know for SIPs

    Dean Dalvit
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    With the growing popularity of SIP designed homes, it is important to know some critical details that are different than traditional stick frame design. Below is a list of what I have developed as important details to consider as early as the pre-design stage as well as tips during construction as well: 1.) The thickness of the SIP wall is a critical factor in determining your layout geometry. Most SIP manufacturers provide panels in both 2×4 and 2×6 varieties, however, bear in mind that those sizes predicate that the 2×4 or 2×6 is sandwiched between the panels. Therefore,…
  • Killeen Landscape Frontage Standards

    John W. Olson
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    As I was reviewing the landscape standards for the City of Killeen, Texas, I noticed some major differences in the requirements in respect to other City’s standards.  The difference I will talk about in this post is the spacing of trees along the street right-of-way.  In Killeen, a development is required to have one tree for every 25-feet of street frontage and one shrub for every 5-feet of street frontage.  This standard is much higher than other municipalities for frontage.  There is some relief for properties with two frontages where the City will allow one tree for every…
  • Civil Engineering with In-House Surveyor means Cost Savings

    DJ Zehnacker
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    Being licensed as both professional engineers and professional land surveyors allows us to offer significant cost savings and drastically helps improve the efficiency of our projects. For example, when we do a site visit at the start of a project we are already thinking about what surveying services are going to be required in order to complete the civil engineering that is needed for that particular project. To that end, we make sure our clients are not paying for what we call “overkill” surveying. In this competitive marketplace there is no need for clients to pay for a surveyor…
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    Piping Info

  • Principal Piping Engineer – Wood Group Mustang

    Antony Thomas
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Vacancy Title: Principal Piping Engineer Company:  WG Mustang Location: Al Khobar, Corniche Easter Province Discipline: Pipeline Job Description: Brief Posting Description We are currently recruiting for a Principal Piping Engineer located at our Wood Group Mustang office in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. Detailed Description Responsible for safe, technically accurate, and cost effective
  • Piping Layout Engineer – ATKINS Sharjah

    Antony Thomas
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Reference: EN-001342 Location: Sharjah, UAE Piping Layout Engineer Job in Atkins Sharjah Job Details Atkins is one of the world’s largest employers of professionally-qualified staff, with operations focused in four regions globally – Europe, the Americas, Middle East and Asia Pacific.  Established in 1938 by Sir William Atkins in London, Atkins now employs over 17,000 staff in more than 300
  • Sr. Piping Design Engineer – Samsung Engineering Thailand

    Antony Thomas
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:35 pm
    JOB OPENING FOR SENIOR PIPING DESIGN ENGINEER IN SAMSUNG ENGINEERING, THAILAND Qualification: Minimum in Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical or Process Engineering. Minimum 12 years experience or more  in piping design engineering for refinery, petrochemical business. Minimum 3 times of experience as piping design Lead Engineer. Minimum  5 years experience or more in Software for piping
  • Piping Supervisor – AMEC - UAE

    Antony Thomas
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Job Title: Piping Supervisor Auto req ID: 19830BR Employment Type :Regular - Full Time Country : UAE Region : Abu Dhabi Office Location : Abu Dhabi Business Sector :Oil & Gas Business Operation : MAC Business Stream/Area : MAC UAE Are relocation funds available? Yes External Job Advert · Function as a "Safety Champion" to help Contractor and Fabrication Subcontractor build a strong
  • Designer/Sr.Designer- Piping Offshore Technip

    Antony Thomas
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Designer/Sr.Designer- Piping Offshore Region: India Location: Mumbai Contract type: Contract Start date Immediate Job posting reference:15738 Job description Job purpose: Is responsible for all engineering activities in one bulk discipline for specific projects in accordance with contractual requirements (design, budgeted hours, schedule etc.) by leading a team of Engineers/ Designers
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    Knovel Blog

  • The 3 Most Important Things to Remember Before Starting an Engineering Project

    Chris Walker
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    I have spent the day building a wooden playhouse for my daughter. It’s been a bit of a mission and has taken much longer than it should have. I’ve been reminded of a few basic principles which will be helpful in all sorts of engineering situations, not just when building a glorified garden shed. Measure Twice. Cut Once. Perhaps this is a more specific version of the more general principle of planning well. It’s always better to take time over making sure measurements are correct before committing to an irreversible course of action. Thankfully in my case, I only had one…
  • Publisher Spotlight: IGI Global

    Claudine Berti
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    From time-to-time, we’ll feature interviews with authors and publishers offering content on the Knovel platform. Today’s interview is with Lindsay Johnston, Managing Director, IGI Global. We asked Lindsay about her growth plans, subject areas of interest, IGI Global’s 25th anniversary and the future of engineering.  1. Please tell us a little about IGI Global, your mission, and the communities you serve. Founded in 1988, IGI Global, headquartered in Hershey, Pennsylvania (USA), is a leading international academic publisher of more than 2,500 reference books, including major reference…
  • 3 Tips for Surviving Your First Year as an Engineering Undergrad

    Craig the Rocket Scientist
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Put Title Welcome to college! While many big challenges are still on the horizon, don’t forget how far you’ve come already! Getting into college is not an easy task, so soak it up! That said, while the excitement of your first days on campus is high (and well deserved,) I am confident that the butterflies are also floating through your stomach, when you think about your coursework. Going into science and engineering can be daunting, academically speaking. So many numbers, the long equations, the complex new rules and long nights of studying…how does anyone make it through?! First…
  • 3 Reasons Why People Think Engineers are Jerks. And Why They are Wrong

    Craig the Rocket Scientist
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Put Title “People don’t like engineers because engineers are always the ones who bring up all the problems.” When my manager told me this I had to take a moment to calm myself down and not be offended. After all, this manager was a fellow engineer, and a good friend, so I knew it wasn’t meant as an insult. But still the comment hurt: How could people not like engineers? It is true though; engineers tend to point out problems before they become apparent to others, and have a few tendencies which can bother our non-engineer colleagues and acquaintances. But many of these…
  • Is This the Helmet of the Future?

    Chris Walker
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    Put Title There seems to have been a lot of engineering innovations in the cycling world over the last year, taking shape in the form of new and inventive products for cyclists. I first noticed and got excited about the invisible bike helmet and then came across the tail-light/video recorder combo called Fly6 and, of course, the glow-in-the-dark bicycle frames called Lumen. Well this week, I’ve discovered yet another product aimed at cyclists. The difference is that this time, the product is aimed at motorcyclists. On August 10, the Skully campaign was launched on…
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    Screaming Circuits

  • Freescale KL03 and PCB123 at 0.4mm pitch

    Screaming Circuits
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Small component packages seem to be a recurring theme with me. It's understandable, I guess. Super tiny packages are becoming more and more common and we build a lot of product with them. The smallest we've built is 0.3mm pitch....
  • VTP - Very Tiny Parts

    Screaming Circuits
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    A while back, I wrote about a new ARM Cortex M0+ chip from Freescale. It's not the first M0+, but I do believe that it's the smallest. I've been checking stock off and on and finally found the smallest package...
  • Cost Reduction in Design - More Advice for Makers

    Screaming Circuits
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    If you're looking for the absolute, cheapest possible assembly service, you'll need to look outside of North America. If you really need a decent price with good quality and good service, you can keep your gaze West of the Atlantic...
  • Choose Your Package Wisely

    Screaming Circuits
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    As I mentioned in my prior blog, there are reasons to consider different packages than just physical size. Sometimes it is just space available on the PC board, but there may be other considerations as well. One of the first...
  • QFN? QFP? QFwhat?

    Screaming Circuits
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    The QFN (quad flat pack, no leads) has become my favorite integrated circuit package. It's very compact, yet is easier to use than a micro BGA. Micro BGAs of 0.5mm and smaller pitch become a bit more difficult and costly...
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  • Freescale KL03 and PCB123 at 0.4mm pitch

    Screaming Circuits
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Small component packages seem to be a recurring theme with me. It's understandable, I guess. Super tiny packages are becoming more and more common and we build a lot of product with them. The smallest we've built is 0.3mm pitch....
  • VTP - Very Tiny Parts

    Screaming Circuits
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    A while back, I wrote about a new ARM Cortex M0+ chip from Freescale. It's not the first M0+, but I do believe that it's the smallest. I've been checking stock off and on and finally found the smallest package...
  • Cost Reduction in Design - More Advice for Makers

    Screaming Circuits
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    If you're looking for the absolute, cheapest possible assembly service, you'll need to look outside of North America. If you really need a decent price with good quality and good service, you can keep your gaze West of the Atlantic...
  • Choose Your Package Wisely

    Screaming Circuits
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    As I mentioned in my prior blog, there are reasons to consider different packages than just physical size. Sometimes it is just space available on the PC board, but there may be other considerations as well. One of the first...
  • QFN? QFP? QFwhat?

    Screaming Circuits
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    The QFN (quad flat pack, no leads) has become my favorite integrated circuit package. It's very compact, yet is easier to use than a micro BGA. Micro BGAs of 0.5mm and smaller pitch become a bit more difficult and costly...
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    EEWeb Jobs

  • Product Design Engineer

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Company: API Technologies Corp Location: Auburn, New York Job Description: Purpose: Designs and develops new products and modifies and/or enhances existing products to meet customer specifications and internal cost and quality measures. Areas of Responsibilities Designs and/or modifies product: reviews customer documentation and develops product requirements based on customer specifications. Works with process engineering and manufacturing to create new processes or solve existing process problems. Determines product structure and costs for new design: provides technical advice to purchasing…
  • Product Design Engineer

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Company: API Technologies Corp Location: State College, Pennsylvania Job Description: Purpose: Designs and develops new products and modifies and/or enhances existing products to meet customer specifications and internal cost and quality measures. Areas of Responsibilities Designs and/or modifies product: reviews customer documentation and develops product requirements based on customer specifications. Works with process engineering and manufacturing to create new processes or solve existing process problems. Determines product structure and costs for new design: provides technical advice to…
  • Production and Design Artist

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    Company: Coilcraft Location: Cary, IL Job Description: We are seeking a talented and enthusiastic Computer Graphic Artist to join our Marketing department. You will be doing print production work and web page creation, including artwork for both media. You will collaborate with other members of the Marketing department and the Engineering department to determine how best to present our products. Responsibilities Print production of product data sheets, catalogs, application notes and other technical documents. Creating new web pages. Updating currently existing print and web files.
  • Technical Marketing Engineer

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    Company: Coilcraft Location: Cary, IL Job Description: We have an opening for a Technical Marketing Engineer to identify and provide technical content for Coilcraft product datasheets, application notes, and web tools. The ideal candidates will feel comfortable collaborating with engineering, field sales, and marketing communications teams. Responsibilities Provide advice on technical content for Coilcraft product data sheets, web tools and application notes. Work independently and in coordination with Coilcraft product designers to obtain data for Coilcraft products to support product…
  • Test Development Engineer Graduate

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Company: Cirrus Logic Location: Edinburgh, Scotland Job Description: The successful candidate will participate in the Cirrus Logic product development process by developing test solutions for high volume complex integrated circuit. If successful you will be responsible for contributions to the development and delivery of test programs and test platforms used in the production of integrated circuits within agreed timescales and to the required quality standards. You will be expected to understand and follow the defined test development process and actively participate and contribute to test…
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    EEWeb Forum


    25 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Category: General Tagged: TRIAC Question: Hi. I got a circuit similar to the one below on the internet. The circuit is used control an AC fan based on temperature. I have tried connecting the same but it is not working kindly help
  • Substitution of BJT with FET

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    Category: Analog Tagged: mobile hone detector Question: Is it possible for the replacement of the BJT transistor of the circuit below to FET transistor?? and
  • Causes about RC low pass filter graph weirded

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Category: General Tagged: Low pass filter, RC single pole, Question, Help, Graph Question: I was connect a 180 ohm resistor in series with 220 nano farad capacitor and input signal with sine wave 10 volt pp ( peak to peak ) . The frequency is measure from 1 Hz to 1M Hz. I am measure unit with 1 decade log scale ( means measure 1 Hz to 10 Hz, then from 10 Hz to 100 Hz. Every time apply 10 division to frequency . Also say like 10^1. ). Then I measure the voltage drop across capacitor . Or you can say I apply prob from oscilloscope on the leg of capacitor which connect to resistor ( middle of…
  • Asking about driver LM298

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Category: General Tagged: low-power Question: Dear experts, I’m a newbie student in electrical engineering field. Today,my teacher ask me to create the driver L298 while I have known nothing about it and I have never seen it before. So, I’m here to ask how to create it, because I have search in some sites but, I can’t find the site that shows how to create it!!! Best regard, Mak Davier
  • Why there is a voltage on an analog input pin?

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Category: General Tagged: Microcontroler Question: I am using a dsPIC33FJ16GS502 QFNS microcontroler, I get avoltage of 90 mV while there is no power connected to the board on AN5 analog input pin and when there is power this goes to 1.5 V. Any ideas what could be the cause of this?
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    The Mapping Network's Blog

  • New Pond Design and Construction

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    New Pond Construction by Wade Bales, Quality Lakes, Inc. – Quality Lakes Inc. was contracted to design a pond for a client in South Carolina.  The challenge was meeting the permit requirements for maximum surface acreage and maximum storage capacity which limited the overall size of the pond.  “By utilizing the lake design tools available through our partnership with The Mapping Network, we were able to design a pond to meet permitting specifications while maximizing fish habitat and access by bank anglers to all regions of the pond” said Mr. Bales.
  • Bathymetry and Sediment Survey of Lake in Peoria, Illinois

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    A property association in Peoria, Illinois needed to quantify sediment build-up in their coves.  The Mapping Network created a hydrographic and sediment survey of the two lakes and 20 coves.   The amount of sediment in each cove was calculated along with other vitals stats about the current lake condition.  A watershed map was also generated to help understand where sources of sediment are coming from. Water depth of both lakes shown as contour lines and is also color-shaded. The 1,680 acre watershed of the two lakes. About The Mapping Network:  The Mapping Network is an industry leader…
  • Hydrographic and Sediment Survey of Lake in Cleveland, Ohio

    9 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    The Mapping Network created a hydrographic and sediment survey for a property owners association in Cleveland, Ohio.   The main lake inlet has shallow water because sediment settles out at the mouth of the stream, creating deltas. These deltas impede fish migration, act as bedding areas for nuisance aquatic species, hinder recreational activities such as swimming and boating, and force property owners to extend their docks. The POA installed two sediment basins to capture sediment coming from the north but as you can see from the watershed map, much more sediment is arriving from the east…
  • Hydrographic and Sediment Survey of Lake in Kansas City, MO

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    The Mapping Network created a hydrographic and sediment survey for a property owners association in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri.  The client was experiencing an increase in sediment on the main inflow and also 7 other coves.  Residents were having difficulties accessing the main body of the lake from their docks due to shallow water.  The POA needed to know how much sediment had accumulated in each cove to budget for removal in the near future.  As a result of the lake survey the POA not only has an understanding of the amount of sediment in the coves, but they also have an accurate…
  • Lake Bathymetry Study of Pond in St. Louis, Missouri

    12 May 2014 | 12:37 pm
    The Mapping Network and Leisure Ponds teamed up to create a bathymetric study for a pond on a commercial property in St. Louis, Missouri.   Up-to-date water depths and volume are required for treatment applications, fisheries management and monitoring sedimentation rates.   Jim Darlington, owner of Leisure Ponds also generated a report on the health of the pond to ensure proper management and continued enjoyment for employees. One foot Contour lines showing depth of the pond. Inflow and Outflow are noted. About The Mapping Network:  The Mapping Network is an industry leader in…
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    The Burns & McDonnell World

  • How Lean Six Sigma Reduces Costs & Increases Efficiency

    Michael Glavin
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Lean Six Sigma is a management strategy that leaped into the forefront of business thinking when legendary executive Jack Welch applied it at General Electric in 1995 — and now more companies are adopting its principles to increase efficiency and reduce costs. At its core, Lean Six Sigma exists to improve the performance of business processes by identifying and removing the causes of waste and minimizing variation. I can’t think of a single business that wouldn’t benefit from those things. Start Early for Maximum Impact The key to getting the most out of Lean Six Sigma is adopting its…
  • Webinar: Master Planning Today for Payback Tomorrow

    Jon Schwartz
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    Utility master plans are one of the most critical tools for campus infrastructure systems. Without a master plan in place, campus systems are flying blind, reacting to increased demands on the utility systems as they come. Each rushed decision impacts the next and creates cascading effects. The good news: With a little upfront planning today, utility master plans can help campuses achieve big paybacks tomorrow — and can update systems to run more efficiently and cleanly. What Is a Master Plan and Why Do I Need One? Simply put, a utility master plan (UMP) is a comprehensive study of existing…
  • NOvA Project Studies: The Mysteries of the Universe

    The Burns & McDonnell Team
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Scientists and engineers from around the world are involved in a groundbreaking project designed to unravel some of the mysteries of our universe. It’s called NOvA, and it’s a collaboration among about 170 scientists from 34 institutions around the globe. They are creating an experiment to detect and analyze one of the most abundant, yet least understood, particles in the universe, the neutrino Neutrinos are thought to be a billion times more abundant than the particles that make up all the stars, planets and people in the universe. Unimaginably large numbers of neutrinos are still…
  • Key Takeaways from the 136th NGAUS Conference

    Pete Karnowski
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Two weeks ago, I was in Chicago for the 136th Annual National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) Conference. It’s the must-attend event for anyone who works in the defense industry, particularly with national security and disaster response. I’ve found this conference to be the best opportunity for exchanging information with our citizen soldiers and colleagues from around the country, specifically as it relates to the National Guard and the companies that support it. The theme of the conference was The National Guard: Now More than Everwhich is the same message the…
  • LEED Leads to Big Energy Savings for Military Buildings

    Pete Karnowski
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The topic of energy savings for the military isn’t new, but in light of recent budget cuts for the U.S. Army, there’s a renewed focus on lowering operations costs for new and existing National Guard facilities. Top it off with a government mandate to design all new National Guard buildings to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards, and that can lead to big energy savings for military buildings. When a building achieves LEED certification, it demonstrates that it meets environmental goals for sustainability, which inherently lowers operations costs in the…
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    Composites Today » News

  • Quickstep Secures Funding for New Automotive Division

    John Shury
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Quickstep has announced it has been awarded a grant of $1.76 million from the Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund. The grant which is an Australian Government, Victorian Government and Ford Australia funded initiative will help Quickstep to create a dedicated automotive division, co-located with Deakin University in Geelong, where the company will have access to composite research and automotive specialists from Deakin and the wider Geelong community. Quickstep will establish a new facility to design and develop Automotive manufacturing cells which will incorporate the Quickstep…
  • Qatar Airways’ First A350 XWB Completes Maiden Flight

    Andrew Brooks
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    The first customer A350–900 which will be delivered to Qatar Airways has successfully completed its maiden flight. The flight was the first time an A350 XWB configured for a customer has taken to the sky. Following the successful flight, Qatar’s A350 XWB will continue its production phase before delivery; this includes cabin completion as well as further ground and flight tests. Qatar Airways will become the first operator of the A350 XWB when it takes delivery of its first aircraft later this year. The airline currently has 80 A350s on order, including 43 A350–900 and 37 of the larger…
  • New Research Show Bird Feathers Are Similar to Carbon Fibre

    John Shury
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Scientists at Southampton University have revealed in a new study that feather shafts are made of a multiple layers of keratin, a fibrous material similar in construction to carbon fibre. Since their appearance over 150 million years ago, feather shafts or rachises have evolved to become some of the lightest, strongest and most fatigue resistant natural structures. Until now relatively little work has been done on their morphology, especially from a mechanical perspective and never at the nanoscale. Scientists at the University were the first to use a material testing technique called…
  • Carbon Fibre Production Costs Could Drop by 90%

    John Shury
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:27 am
    In the race for cheaper carbon fibre, the company backed by Germany’s federal government, businesses and research institutes, says it is making good progress towards reducing carbon costs by around 90% Exactly how MAI will cheapen carbon fibre hasn’t been made clear just yet, but the $102 million project has been backed by some very big players in the market, including carbon fibre manufacturer SGL Carbon, Audi and Airbus. Klaus Drechsler, head of the project told Bloomberg; We’ve certainly reached a halfway point on our cost-cutting target for suitable carbon fibre parts and we’ll…
  • Boeing to Expand Its St. Louis Composites Facility

    Andrew Brooks
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:20 am
    Boeing has announced that the new parts for the 777X would be made at the companies St Louis, bringing back work that is currently being performed overseas. The design for major composite parts of the wing and tail on the new 777X will be done in St. Louis which will generate around 700 jobs at peak production. The parts built by the St. Louis team will support 777X work at the composite wing centre in Washington, home of the 777X program. The new composite wing centre is currently under construction and will be more than 1 million square feet. Bob Feldmann, vice president and general…
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    Jacobs School of Engineering News: Top Stories

  • Jacobs School alum and Facebook engineer talks about 'Safety Check' feature

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    When disaster strikes, we want to know that our loved ones are safe, but sometimes it can be hours before we are sure. Peter Cottle, a Jacob’s School alumnus, B.S.  ’11, has helped make the process a bit simpler. Cottle is a software engineer at Facebook and the creator of the new feature “Safety Check,” which the site launched in October 2014. On Oct. 20, he gave a talk to UC San Diego students about the concepts behind the feature and why it was developed.
  • Coalition of UC San Diego Graduate Programs Supports Campus Commitment to Recruiting Diverse Students

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    A coalition of UC San Diego campus programs debuted an enhanced recruiting presence at the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) national conference in Los Angeles Oct. 16-18. 
  • UC San Diego students help design toddler-tantrum-proof plate

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    It’s a scene that many parents have witnessed, helplessly. It’s time for dinner and your toddler is getting restless. The object of their wrath? The dinner plate, which goes flying off the table and spills its contents all over the floor. A group of mechanical engineering undergraduate students at the University of California, San Diego helped a San Diego entrepreneur come up with a solution to this problem. It’s called the Adi, the stay-put plate. 
  • Robotics Legends Converge at UC San Diego Forum

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    After the industrial revolution and the Internet revolution, we are now poised for the robotics revolution. Influential robotics researchers and industry leaders made this prediction in many different ways on Friday at the Contextual Robotics Technologies International Forum. The speakers and more than 250 attendees gathered to reflect on what opportunities and challenges this revolution would bring, and how San Diego fits into this picture. 
  • Nineteen new faculty join the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Nineteen new faculty members will join the Jacobs School of Engineering this year, which is growing to meet the intense demand for its engineering education programs. 
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    OurEdu Blog

  • How to write a thesis for a Research Paper

    Tushar Garg
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    Thank you for reading! This article tells you about the description of how to write a thesis for a research paper and about the essential topics used in this. Research Paper:   Composing research papers is not the most effortless of problems for the normal students as there are others subjects and exercises that need ones consideration as well. For students to [&hellip This was originally posted on OurEdu Blog
  • Top Banking Coaching Institutes in Patna

    Aliza Ibrahim
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Thank you for reading! Today banks are considered to be one of the most reliable career options in India. The talented youth is desperate to get into some reputed bank. Getting a job in public sector banks has become the aim of every second aspirant. People face stiff competition to get job in the banks. This needs a lot of  [&hellip This was originally posted on OurEdu Blog
  • Top GATE Coaching Centers in Ahmedabad

    Dimple Mahajan
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    Thank you for reading! GATE is well known and most popular entrance exam in order to get entrance in reputed college for the post engineering courses like M.Tech etc. Thus, the paper is in great demand by the students passing engineering in order to go for higher studies from the best possible M-tech college. The exam is little bit [&hellip This was originally posted on OurEdu Blog
  • Top GATE Coaching Center In NOIDA

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    Thank you for reading! The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India level exam for higher education in Technology that is M-Tech or for Job in PSU’s that is Public sector units like ONGC , GAIL etc. earlier GATE exam was conducted only for M-Tech education in premier technical colleges of India like IIT’s , NIT’s [&hellip This was originally posted on OurEdu Blog
  • Top books for IBPS Exam

    Tushar Garg
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    Thank you for reading! This article tells you about the short description of IBPS and about the top books for IBPS Exam  What is IBPS: Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (Ibps).It is an independent organization in India, which began its operation in 1975 as Personnel Selection Services (PSS). In 1984, IBPS turned into an autonomous substance at the command of [&hellip This was originally posted on OurEdu Blog
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    Being Brunel

  • The Future of Design 2014: Part 1

    thomas michael wallace
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    Being Brunel | The Civil Engineering Blog Every year I go to the IABSE Future of Design conference (sample size: 2 years). It has a good selection of speakers, but more than that- it has a good selection of attendees. It’s nice to meet people the same level as me in different firms, who are at least interested in engineering enough to take a day off work to hear about it. For those of you who know nothing of the IABSE Future of Design events, they’re day long conferences aimed primarily at young designers; although the speakers are typically experienced members of the industry.
  • Engineering Happiness

    thomas michael wallace
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    Being Brunel | The Civil Engineering Blog The ICE has commissioned a music video. And you know what- it’s pretty damn amazing. Honestly; I’m not joking. I’ve known that a video involving engineers dancing had been in the pipeline for a while, and frankly my natural cynicism grown from too many years in the industry left me fairly nonplussed about the whole affair. Social media is a difficult game to play, and it’s an even harder one when you target is the “yooof of today“. Today sees the release of the ICE’s Engineering Happiness video, and…
  • Engineering Stack Exchange

    thomas michael wallace
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Being Brunel | The Civil Engineering Blog Around two years ago I wrote a post rhapsodising on the benefits of Stack Exchange, about how it was the best thing in the world and why Civil Engineers should totally have a presence there. It finished with a link to the petition, which needed X amount of signatures to get it off the ground. Well- it died a horrible death. It turns out, however, that civils weren’t the only engineering discipline attempting to float this idea. Those few of us who had seen our hopes and dreams of a better future for our metaphorical children banded together on…
  • #ILoveCivil Engineering

    thomas michael wallace
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Being Brunel | The Civil Engineering Blog It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment I realised I had created the best short film in cinematic history. I mean, who among us can truly fathom the genius that lurks within the heart of someone who can make it through an engineering degree? Let us just say that the likes of Kubrick, had he still been alive, would have quaked at my mastery of- Well, why don’t you see for yourself: The ICE Video Competition I’m sure you have a billion questions; of course, it does take ten to twelve viewings before the many subtleties reveal the…
  • Engineering Is Art: 050 – 099

    thomas michael wallace
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Being Brunel | The Civil Engineering Blog The real shame of engineering is that we spend so much of our time trying to hide people from our craft. It’s the architecture that people are encouraged to appreciate, not the structure behind it. In an attempt to redress the balance I’ve been running a week-daily photo series called “Engineering Is Art” on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. Everyday I post a new picture that aims to celebrate the artistry of engineering, rather than the final aesthetic. For those of you who missed it, I collected numbers 000 to 049 in a previous…
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  • DIY Practical Joke Project Idea

    Max Maxfield
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    DIY Practical Joke Project Idea: Having something like this lying around would certainly break up the monotony of one's visitors' days. Deploying it would almost be a public service when you come to think about it.
  • Terrestrial Broadcast TV Down, But Is It Out?

    Junko Yoshida
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Why are we so down on terrestrial TV broadcast? There seems to be a growing consensus that broadcasting isn't just irrelevant but obsolete. Part of me agrees. But another part of me wonders if it's all true.
  • Are Today's Designs Bound by the Constraints of Yesteryear?

    Max Maxfield
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Are there instances of the way in which we design things today being bound by constraints of yesteryear that are no longer of any consequence?
  • DesignCon Trick for a Treat Contest Opens

    Janine Love
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Got a quick design trick to share with the EDN/EETimes community? Now's your chance to show off. DesignCon has opened its Trick for a Treat giveaway.
  • Canceling Noise When Rubber Meets Road

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    An infotainment system vendor has applied noise cancellation technology, known mostly from headphones, to car interiors. The system, jointly developed with Lotus Engineering, minimizes noise generated when the rubber meets the road.
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    The Engineering Design

  • steel detailing commercial building

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    The post steel detailing commercial building appeared first on The Engineering Design.
  • The avails of the adroit CAD drafting services

    4 Oct 2014 | 10:45 pm
    If you are willing to invest in a real estate project, you must be well informed about what you are buying. It is incumbent on the constructors and the agents to provide an overview of the building. They must also supply you the valuable knowledge pertaining to its location, facilities and structural designs. A verbal interaction with your agent cannot provide the sufficient information you need. This will demotivate you to invest your self-accrued finance on a doubtful venture. So the builders and their marketing staffs must focus on presenting a diligent and meticulous 3D presentation of…
  • Tips to Hire CAD Drawing Services

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:35 pm
    CAD drawing is one of the top services provided by CAD outsourcing companies in India. Be it the conversion of paper drawings to CAD or the conversion of file formats such as jpeg, tiff, and bmp, you can rest assured about the quality of service you can expect from a professional CAD drawing service provider. Different types of drawing conversions Architectural and engineering designs are often created by hand in the form of sketches and scribbles. It is the responsibility of the CAD expert to convert them as well as scanned documents to CAD format. Engineers and architects also sometimes…
  • Structural Steel Detailing: How it Helps Your Business

    3 Jun 2014 | 6:37 am
    Structural steel detailing is a service that depends to a great extent upon the information collected from various sources such as architects, engineers, contractors, suppliers and so on. If you are looking for professional structural modelling services, hire a team that has good experience as structural designers. You do not need to do everything under the sun in-house. Outsource the structural detailing part to the experts, while you focus on developing your business. Outsourcing Steel Detailing Jobs Steel detailing services are provided by many outsourcing firms in India. You can easily…
  • How Do Structural Steel Detailing Services Benefit Your Business?

    31 Mar 2014 | 7:58 am
    Are you an architect or an engineer looking for steel detailing services? Then you have come to the right place. We are a CAD outsourcing company based in India, specializing in steel detailing. By outsourcing your requirements for structural steel detailing such as rebar detailing, connections detailing, anchor bolts, fabrication drawings, and so on, you will save time and cost required to do an in-house hiring. Architecture and engineering companies often require the services of professional structural steel detailers. However, hiring such a person in your own country might prove to be very…
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    Mixer Direct Blog

  • Mixer Direct Ranked 6th On Louisville Business First’s Fast 50

    Aaron Oneal
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    We are honored to announce that Mixer Direct was ranked #6 on Louisville Business First’s Fast 50 that featured the 50 fastest growing independent & privately held companies in our great city. Our CEO and President Mark Franco shared his reaction, “I feel incredibly humbled and astounded by the #6 ranking, we all have had our head down and working;it is amazing to see what has happened when Business First forces us to lift our head up and look around!” Since 2000 the team at Louisville Business First has been giving recognition to local businesses for their fast growth…
  • Your Invited To The Pack Expo, For Free!

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Pack Expo Invitation Want to go to Pack Expo for Free? Mixer Direct is exhibiting at Pack Expo International in Chicago, IL. on November 2-5 2014. Pack Expo is one of the biggest shows in the packaging and processing industry and we want to invite you, for free! Just go to the pack expo web site and when you register, enter the coupon code 26P36 at checkout. We hope to see you there and if you have any questions about it feel free to contact us. The post Your Invited To The Pack Expo, For Free! appeared first on Mixer Direct Blog.
  • 10 Distilleries You Should Know

    Aaron Oneal
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    In no particular order 1. 11 Wells Craft spirits are alive and on the rise in Minnesota thanks to 11 Wells Distillery founders Bob McManus and Lee Egbert. 11 Wells is a unique distillery located in the heart of St. Paul, Minnesota in the historic Hamm’s Brewery. Ironically there are 11 wells on site of their revitalized location and the 11th well is the source for their spirits. McManus and Egbert are two guys with big vision and mission for distilling in Minnesota. It is incredibly easy to see that these two are passionate about their craft and are bringing some outstanding flavors to…
  • 10 Of The Internet’s Best Chemical Reaction Videos

    Aaron Oneal
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    “DISCLAIMER: DO NOT TRY ANY OF THESE AT HOME” 1. Gummy Bear Vs. Potassium Chlorate 2. Liquid Nitrogen and Ping Pong Ball Explosion 3. Potassium & Water Explosion 4. Make Fake Snow With Sodium Polyacrylate 5. Ethyl Alcohol Whoosh Bottle 6. Coca-Cola and Milk Experiment 7. Caesium rubidium and water video 8. Super Absorbent Polymer 9. The Briggs-Rauscher Iodine Oscillator 10. A Giant Dry Ice Bubble The post 10 Of The Internet’s Best Chemical Reaction Videos appeared first on Mixer Direct Blog.
  • IBC Mixers

    Stephen Pierce
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    So you’re looking for an IBC Mixer? Great. But then you get on our website and you don’t see anything labeled “IBC Mixer.”  What’s the deal? What Is an IBC? First, for those of you who aren’t in the mixing or chemical industry, an IBC is short for “intermediate bulk container.” Essentially it is a medium sized plastic container (usually around 275 gallons) that is in a metal basket. Some are used just once, and some are mutli-use. The reason people started using them is that cubs can be stacked better than barrels in transport and less space is wasted in between the…
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    STEAM Power Podcast

  • Mike And His Massive Melon

    12 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    S.T.E.A.M. Power Podcast #51 12 October 2014 A Home Fit For A Dozen American Girl Dolls | Kreg Mini Jig Rolling Batteries and Photovoltaics Into One US Marine Corps Hearts Microsoft Kinect Curiosity And The Brain Arduino + Raspberry Pi = Home Automation World’s Old Artwork Discovered [Download] For more tech news and how-to’s visit the blog, follow along on Google+, and check out our YouTube Channel. Or listen to the audio only version at iTunes and Stitcher. Music by Halloween, available at Copyright: Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0…
  • Now on Twitter @steampowernews

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:11 pm
    We are now on Twitter with a dedicated feed  This way you can get all the great STEAMy news you love and less of what Mike had for breakfast.  Of course, Mike will still have his own feed if you’re interested in food pron.   The post Now on Twitter @steampowernews appeared first on STEAM Power Podcast.
  • 50th Episode Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

    28 Sep 2014 | 5:10 pm
    We just hit our 50th episode here at the S.T.E.A.M. Power Podcast.  We think this is just the beginning.  But we need your help!  Please head over to our Listener Feedback Form and leave us some feedback about the podcast.  If you do you will be eligible to win a $20 Amazon Gift Certificate.  Simply click the link and leave some constructive feedback.  If you do you will be entered into a random drawing for the gift certificate.  You have to enter by 11:59PM ET on Saturday, October 11, 2014.  We will select one winner at random that enters by the deadline.  Good luck and thanks for…
  • Let’s Talk About Feelings (And Tech)

    28 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    S.T.E.A.M. Power Podcast #50 28 September 2014 Super Chic Dollies on Etsy Enter Our 50th Episode $20 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway (enter by 11:59PM ET on Saturday, October 11, 2014) The Engineering Commons Podcast:  Episode 50 – The Art of Engineering Technology, Kids, and Human Sympathy The Future of Public Art Software Patents Crumbling How Big Business Kills Municipal Broadband and Small Towns FCC’s New CTO and The Fight For Net Neutrality Stanford’s New ‘Internet of Things’ Radios Stories that didn’t make the cut: Kid’s Vocabulary and Video Games…
  • On The Wings Of Droids

    14 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    S.T.E.A.M. Power Podcast #49 14 September 2014 Finger Nail Polish That Can Detect Date Rape Drugs Jaundice Detecting Smartphone App Boy Gets 3D Printed Vertebrae Energy Harvesters Google Project Ara Update | More Project Ara Project Wing, A Drone Project From Google X Can You Run Faster Than A T-Rex? Stories that didn’t make the cut: Google Cartographer: An Indoor 3D Mapping Backpack NASA Working an Air Traffic Control System for Drones 3D Printing and the Future of Toys Scientists Catch Schrodingers Cat [Download] For more tech news and how-to’s visit the blog, follow along…
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    Bench Talk

  • Analog Inputs In a Digital Only World

    3 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    I am going to share a trade secret with you today. It’s a common practice (or at least it was) but seems to have been lost to many judging by the questions I have been asked recently. Did you know you could read an analog signal even if you only have digital inputs on your microcontroller or single board computer? Or what if you ran out of analog pins on your Arduino? You can, and all you need is a simple resistor and capacitor. Welcome to the magical world of RC timing circuits! The secret lies in the fact that it takes a finite amount of time for a capacitor to charge and discharge,…
  • Give Your Next OSHW Project Some Android Love

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Android, iOS tablets, and smartphones revolutionized the idea of the User Interface (UI). These devices are intuitive, powerful, and omnipresent in our daily lives. So instead of reinventing the wheel for a slick UI to control your next OSHW project, why not simply build the interface as an app? Typically the answer is that creating apps isn't quite as simple as using apps. But creating an Android app to control your latest OSHW invention can be pretty darn simple thanks to MIT’s App Inventor. In my opinion, it is one of the best-kept secrets in the maker community. Utilizing a…
  • Picking The Right Tool For The Job: MCU, SBC or FPGA?

    13 Aug 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Let’s face it; we’ve all tried to use the wrong tool for the job at hand at least once in our lives. Using a hammer on screws comes to mind as the most common misuse of tools and technology. I will admit it, guilty as charged. Picking the right Open Source Hardware tools and platforms is similar to the picking the right hand tool from our toolbox. Though there is typically enough crossover of functionality between the different types of tools, some are better suited for certain tasks than others. With increasingly more variety of affordable hardware tools coming to market, many…
  • Embracing the Fail Whale: Learning from Engineering Failures

    27 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tacoma Narrows Bridge.  Apollo 1.  Space Shuttle Challenger.  Chernobyl.  Mars Climate Orbiter.  Throughout human history failure has been a bittersweet fact of life, and engineering is not exempt from this truth. Despite our best efforts (and sometimes, because of the lack thereof), engineering failures occur. The aforementioned examples are just some of the most highly publicized engineering disasters of the last 75 years. Sometimes, as we push the envelope in pursuit of success, things go horribly wrong. However, engineers should never use the reasons of those…
  • How Open Source Launched My Small Business

    25 Jun 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Open Source Hardware (OSHW) has truly changed my life. It allowed me to launch my own business. How so, you might ask? Well let’s take a little stroll down memory lane, shall we? 17 years ago I took my first steps into the world of electronics and engineering as an intern at the U.S. Naval Academy. At the end of my first year I remember being tasked with a rather simple project, a PIC microcontroller based solution that would monitor the ambient temperature and adjust louvers and a fan to regulate temperature accordingly. To make a long story short, my project was plagued with design…
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  • Precision Machining and its Importance

    12 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Blending the human talent with the latest technological tools, engineers have made highly intricate machines that are used to build a large variety of items. To build any equipment, the most significant part is the expertise that can be delivered with precision machining. The vehicles we drive each day, airplanes carrying millions of passengers daily, […] The post Precision Machining and its Importance appeared first on
  • Brain to Brain Instant Messaging

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    In the past decades no one could imagine to transmit messages in no time by using any mean of energy or technology. Science has revolutionized the world with its miracles, and this is the era where the common perception is that we have discovered everything but the fact was that “the road never ends”. Scientist […] The post Brain to Brain Instant Messaging appeared first on
  • Finger Vein Recognition- A Password Free World

    10 Sep 2014 | 12:41 am
    A group of Japanese researcher introduces a new way of recognition which was successfully used in Barclay bank. The new technology used Finger vein for identification and on approval give you the access to your account with in a second. Finger vein recognition is introduce in order to minimize the risk of fraud and in […] The post Finger Vein Recognition- A Password Free World appeared first on
  • Wireless Mobile Charging

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:49 am
    Researchers and scientist developed a number of ways to give a boom to wireless charging but expensive equipments and less availability are the few reason of been slow to take off. Wireless Mobile charging refer to the charging of hand held without physical contact with any power socket. It refers to get a battery juice […] The post Wireless Mobile Charging appeared first on
  • A Charging Solution for Delivery Drones

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Boom in technology give rise to drones robotic devices. These drones are used for multiple purposes including filming or can be for entertainment purpose. Amazon’s drones are good in its fly but lack in only one point; it can store energy only for 10 miles. The energy issue is a big task for their developer […] The post A Charging Solution for Delivery Drones appeared first on
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    Intelligent Product Solutions

  • 5 Keys to Satisfaction Engaging a Product Development Partner

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    While my current gig is serving as the President of a product development professional services firm, I’ve spent many years in companies large and small developing products as a mechanical engineer and also in engineering management. In those pre-consulting roles, I often was the person responsible for finding, engaging and managing product development service providers (see my earlier post on choosing a product development partner.) In fact, my experiences as an engineering management executive inside a large product company were the basis for starting IPS, our own consulting firm. What…
  • The Four Truths About Real Innovation

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    DON’T TRY TO INNOVATE BY YOURSELF AT HOME! Or anywhere else. When we think of genius inventors, we’re still inclined to envision the mad scientist in his lab, or the lone Einstein changing the world as we know it. But the myth of the solitary genius inventor (Einstein collaborated frequently) no longer serves the tech community. In its place is a new understanding of collaboration, in pairs and groups, as the next big competitive advantage. In fact, chances are that a solo innovation effort will not be as successful as a partnered one. A new book, “Powers of Two” by Joshua Wolf…
  • New gTLDs: The Wild, Wild Web

    Danny Aponte
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    October of last year marked the beginning of a new wave of generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) becoming available to domain registrars. This revolutionary change is very exciting for a computer geek like me. Some of you may ask, “Ok, so what exactly is a generic Top-Level Domain?”, Wikipedia states that: A generic top-level domain (gTLD) is one of the categories of top-level domains (TLDs) maintained by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) for use in the Domain Name System of the Internet. It is visible to Internet users as the suffix at the end of a domain name. In…
  • Consumer Devices for Business Applications: IBM’s Corporate Customers Deploying Apple Devices in the Field?

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    A big, surprising deal between Apple and IBM was announced in the WSJ in July – the two giants announced the intention of having IBM offer Apple devices and Big Blue custom apps to corporate clientele. While such a strategy may make sense for supporting knowledge and BYOD (bring-your-own-device) workers, it misses the boat for major commercial vertical markets (i.e. utilities, logistics, warehouse, MRO, health care, retail, etc). A recent article in Wired magazine asks why commercial users of mobile computing devices are not readily gravitating towards consumer grade cell phone devices.
  • Productization Plan: Preventing Product Failure

    14 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    Great product ideas surface every day. Sketches are drawn, teams are formed, new companies are born, business plans are written and everybody gets to work. The product varies – it could be a physical product, software, a new service or a complete solution – but the goal is always the same. A successful product. Enthused entrepreneurs frequently delve right into the design and development process, often misunderstanding the importance of asking the critical question: Exactly what am I designing and producing?  Design teams may have well developed concepts, great sketches and lots of…
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    Civil Engineering - Civil Engineering

  • How to Use Dumpy Level- Tutorial With Example

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Dumpy level is an optical surveying leveling instrument consisting a telescope tube firmly secured in two collars fixed by adjusting screws to the stage by the vertical spindle. The telescope can rotate only in a horizontal plane. Relative elevation of different points of a surveying land is determined with dumpy level. Dumpy level is a very popular survey instrument. As a civil engineer, if you in need to learn to use dumpy level, its the right article for you. Here in the following slide, the full process of using dumpy level is discussed with the help of six examples. At the end of this…
  • Dumpy Level Survey Tutorial- Staff Reading

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Dumpy level is an optical surveying leveling instrument consisting a telescope tube firmly secured in two collars fixed by adjusting screws to the stage by the vertical spindle. Dumpy level is a popular surveying instrument. It helps to take relative height and distance measurement of different location. In this tutorial Dr. Martin Gibbs, Department of Archaeology- University of Sydney, will teach us how to read staff in dumpy level survey.   Related Articles Dumpy Level Dumpy Level Set-up and Use Tutorial How to Use Dumpy Level- Tutorial With Example
  • Dumpy Level Set-up and Use Tutorial

    25 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    Dumpy level is an optical surveying leveling instrument consisting a telescope tube firmly secured in two collars fixed by adjusting screws to the stage by the vertical spindle. Dumpy Level is a very useful instrument for civil engineering survey. In this tutorial you will learn the set up process of a dumpy level along with the use of it. Sir will describe all details of dumpy level in this video. Related Articles Dumpy Level Dumpy Level Survey Tutorial- Staff Reading How to Use Dumpy Level- Tutorial With Example
  • Site Investigation

    25 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    Before the engineer can design a foundation intelligently, he must have a reasonably accurate conception of the physical properties and arrangement of the underlying materials. The field and laboratory investigations required to obtain this essential information are called soil exploration or site investigation. A site investigation simply is the process of the collection of information, the appraisal of data, assessment, and reporting without which the hazards in the ground beneath the site cannot be known. British Archaeoligical Jobs and Resources. Site investigation is carried out in order…
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Concrete

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    Concrete is considered as a chemically combined mass where the inert material acts as a filler and the binding materials acts as binder. The most important binding materials are cement and lime. Inert materials used in concrete are termed as aggregates. Most common aggregates are sand, brick chips, stone chips, gravels, shells etc.   Advantages of Concrete Ingredients of concrete are easily available in most of the places. Unlike natural stones Concrete is free from defects and flaws. Concrete can be manufactured to desired strength with economy. The durability of concrete is very high.
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    Techno Genome

  • Septic Tank Design Easily 5 Minutes

    Ranadip Chakraborty
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:07 am
    Septic System Design or Septic Tanks Design can be done in various process, but most of them are critical and time taking laborious process. Here in this article I have given tutorial on how to design Septic Tank Easily within 5 minutes and Determine Septic Tank Size. Here I will also discuss some about the general Septic Tank Construction for designing of septic tank successfully you have to follow the steps given below one by oneStep 1: Calculation of Numbers of User : In any septic system design this is a very very important step as it will determine the total capacity of the septic…
  • Design Of Steel Beam Fastest Method With Example

    Ranadip Chakraborty
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    Civil Engineering is vast field from Culverts to Dam , Buildings To Steel Bridges, so as so the Civil Engineering Materials, It includes Steel, Concrete, Timber, Aluminium, Glass etc. Steel Design is much easier in most of the cases than RCC Design in Structural Engineering. Civil Engineering Broadly has three main phase namely Planning – consisting of Drawing, Estimating etc. Structural Design consisting of Analysis of Structures and Design Of Structures and last of all Execution which means erecting the actual work according to the Planning and Designing. Structural Engineering has always…
  • Top 5 Concrete Problems Turning Catastrophic

    Ranadip Chakraborty
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Top 5 Constructional Mistakes and Concrete Problems which can bring disastrous results if ignored are not the huge ones but very common in every construction work, which gets out of the notice of the Engineer-In-Charge in most of the cases. As I feel most of the bad construction takes places not due to the unwillingness of the Engineers, but mostly due to the lack of awareness about those small things which they take lightly and thinks they are of no major importance and will not affect the ultimate construction. I do partially agree with them to the fact that it will not harm the…
  • Field Tests Of Building Materials

    Ranadip Chakraborty
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Field test of brick, cement, sand and stone chips are very much essential as they are the most common construction materials which are used in almost all of the civil engineering construction from brickwork to floor finishing everywhere. As a civil engineer, working in a site is the challenging one, as on the site engineer all the responsibility and liabilities depends upon for good quality construction.  But alone a good supervision is not enough for a good construction having required properties and durability. A proper quality control is essential at all the stages, specially at the…
  • Prestressed Concrete Structures A Brief Description With Example

    Ranadip Chakraborty
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    Prestressed Concrete Structure is the one of the most advancement in the Civil Engineering Construction Field, particularly in the Concreting Operation. In the modern day every heavily loaded structures such as Bridges, Flyovers, Railway Sleepers in all these structure where loads are so heavy that Normal RCC will not be enough there prestressed concrete is used. In this article I will share with you the main concept that is the backbone of the Prestressing technique and procedure for the Industrial manufacturing of Prestressed concrete, also after reading this article thoroughly you will…
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