Archives—December 2014

Nathan Cody Hayden | 1993 – 2014

The Department is sad to inform that Michigan Tech civil engineering student, Nathan Cody Hayden, 21 of Kalkaska, died unexpectedly on December 4th, 2014. Born and raised in Kalkaska, he is the son of Malinda Hayden and the late Cody Hayden and Krista Bachelor.
Nathan graduated from Kalkaska High School in 2011. He was an honor student, participating in football and wrestling. Nathan was famous for his role as Kalkaska Man. He had the ability to engage the entire Kalkaska community and crowds with his dynamic personality and charisma. He started playing on the Michigan Tech Rugby Club his freshman year and loved every moment. Nathan spent the last six months working on his internship in Bay City, with Soil and Materials Engineers.
Born: October 06, 1993
Died: December 04, 2014

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Civil Engineering Seminar: Bio-Inspired Surfboard Fins: Comparisons of Flow Fields and Lift/Drag Forces using CFD models and Experimental data

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar:
Speaker: Megan MacNeill, Civil Engineering Graduate Student
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 4:00 – 5:00 PM, Dow 642

Title: Bio-Inspired Surfboard Fins: Comparisons of Flow Fields and Lift/Drag Forces using CFD models and Experimental data”

This presentation will give a brief overview of the dynamics of wave surfing, in addition to presenting my current thesis research approach and findings. The theory of wave development and how to surf will be touched upon to give the audience insight into the physics of surfing. An in-depth summary of the purpose of surfboard fins and fin hydrodynamics will also be covered.
The project compares 10 different surfboard fins by means of computational fluid dynamic modeling and experimental analysis from data gathered in the water channel in Dillman Room 110. The fins were self-designed by inspiration of dorsal fin profiles from aquatic species. The single fin set- ups are compared by means of lift and drag forces as well as visual flow analysis. The geometric modeling and CFD approach will be discussed accompanied by the experimental methodology. Because this project is in its beginning stages, there is little known about the results. Future plans for the project will be discussed along with potential post-project ideas.