Archives—November 2010

Wind Turbine Aerodynamics

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Virtual testing of realistic, full-scale conditions: Current wind turbine blade technology, based on composite laminates, is labor intensive and requires a highly qualified ed workforce, creating a critical bottleneck in terms of industrial workforce and infrastructure. This hampers a rapid expansion of wind energy in the US.

Computational Reacting Flows in Energy Applications

Thursday November 18, 2010 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
ME-EM Building, Room 112

Seung – Hyun Kim
Michigan Technological University

Chemically reacting flows are central  to energy applications such as combustors, catalytic reactors, and fuel cells. Such flows typically involve several physical and chemical processes interacting with each other over a wide range of scales. Computation of those multiscale and multiphysics phenomena poses a great scientific challenge and is crucial to enhancing the development of advanced energy systems that meet future standards. In this talk, I will discuss the computational modeling of reacting flows observed in two important energy conversion devices, combustors and fuel cells. The modeling of turbulence-chemistry interactions in turbulent nonpremixedflames will be presented in the context of the conditional moment closure method and the large eddy simulation. The emphasis will be given to the effects of multiscale turbulent mixing on pollutant formation. The multiscale modeling of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells will then be presented with emphasis on interactions of surface reactions, nanoscalereactant transport, and liquid water dynamics in porous electrodes.

SAE International Chats with the Experts – Progress and Challenges in Diesel Engine Development

SAE is excited to offer “Chats with the Experts” discussion groups – designed to create an informal and intimate environment between audience and expert to explore subjects of interest, pose questions, and share ideas and practical solutions. The topic at this event will be “Progress and Challenges in Diesel Engine Development.”

Jeff Naber, Michigan Technological University
November 12, 2010
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (3 hours)
SAE Automotive Headquarters, Troy, Michigan, USA

Jeff Naber, of Michigan Technological University, will provide brief opening statements to kick the morning off, and will facilitate an interactive dialogue among the group. The goal of the event is to enhance understanding of items critical to those participating via interactivity.

Making the human-technology marriage work

Thursday November 11, 2010 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
ME-EM Building, Room 112

John D Lee
University of Wisconsin – Madison

The relationship between people and technology has become increasinglyintimate and pervasive as technology touches many aspects of our work andleisure time.  From persuasion and recommendation systems to warnings,decision aids, and vehicle control, technology is becoming an inescapable partof modern life.  A large body of research shows that people respond socially totechnology, and the concept of trust and metaphor of supervisory control havebeen adopted to describe factors affecting technology reliance and acceptance. Automation has moved from servo mechanisms and clearly subordinate systems to what might eventually be considered peers in some respects.  The increasing capacity of emerging technology might  make metaphors beyond supervisory control useful, such as marriage.  Such metaphors and models of automation interaction that consider dynamic co-adaptation may prove useful in designingrelationships with increasingly capable technology.  Data and computational models to support such metaphors are discussed.

In-Situ Measurement of Intrinsic Interface Strength using Laser Spallation Technique

Thursday November, 2010 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
ME-EM Building, Room 112

Hyoung Il Kim
NAND Solutions Group within Intel Corporation

Understanding the nature of interfacial adhesion is central to a number of technologicallyimportant applications. Due to its reliance on the empirical analysis, however, it is notalways a straightforward task to quantitatively determine the interfacial adhesion ofactual system by extracting the result from the bulk specimens. Therefore, a fundamentalknowledge of the processes, which actually contribute to the interfacial adhesion, shouldbe comprehensibly understood. In addition, a novel test method, which can directlymeasure the interfacial adhesion of the actual application, has become increasinglynecessitated. In this seminar, a laser spallation technique is introduced to measure theinterfacial adhesion and adhesion energy of various interfaces, including semiconductormaterials, metal coatings, and composite polymer/metal structure.

Dr. Jeffrey D. Naber Elected to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Fellow Grade

Dr. Jeffrey D. Naber has been elected to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Fellow Grade.

Dr. Naber’s selection, as stated by the SAE Fellows Committee, was based on his outstanding accomplishments in research and development of engine control systems and diagnostics, along with his significant contributions to engineering education.

SAE Fellowship status is the highest grade of membership bestowed by SAE International. It recognizes outstanding engineering and scientific accomplishments by an individual that have resulted in meaningful advances in automotive, aerospace and commercial-vehicle technology. The program, established in 1975, recognizes an average of 20 worldwide recipients for this honor each year.

Dr. Naber will be honored at the SAE 2011 Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 1st, in Detroit, MI, during the SAE 2011 World Congress and Exhibition.