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ME-EM is Represented at Noise and Vibration Conference

ISMA 2018 conference sign outsideThree members of the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics presented at and attended the ISMA-USD Noise and Vibration Engineering conference at KU Leuven in Leuven Belgium. The 28th International Conference on Noise and Vibration engineering (ISMA2018) was organized in conjunction with the 7th International Conference on Uncertainty in Structural Dynamics (USD2018) on September 17-19, 2018. Approximately 700 people (50% from industry, 50% from universities) attended the conference.

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Jon Furlich, PhD student presented “Application of STFT and Wavelet analysis to MT clunk data: a case study.” Andrew Barnard (ME-EM) presented “Active noise control in pipes and ducts using carbon nanotube thermophones” and “Top 10 mechanical experiments for the teaching of sound and vibration in mechanical engineering”. Barnard also taught a seminar on acoustics in London Sept. 20.

  • Furlich, J. E., Blough, J., and Robinette, D. L., ‘Analysis of experimental mt clunk with stft and cwt to observe mode participation and reduction’, Michigan Technological University. ( abstractfull paper )
  • Barnard, A., and Senczyszyn, S., ‘Active noise control in pipes and ducts using carbon nanotube thermophones’, Michigan Technological University. ( abstractfull paper )
  • Peres, M. A., and Barnard, A., ‘Top 10 mechanical experiments for the teaching of sound and vibration in mechanical engineering’, The Modal Shop, Inc.. ( abstractfull paper )

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Jason Blough (ME-EM) chaired a session, attended the conference and met with peers to discuss future research topics.


Craig Friedrich Presents at Arthroplasty Conference

ISTA 2018 showing the conference audience and stage.

Craig Friedrich (ME-EM) presented two podium papers, “Enhanced Bone Fixation of TKA Tibial Tray Implants with TiO2 Nanotubes” and “In Vivo Anti-Bacterial Effectiveness of Nanotextured Titanium Implant Surfaces” at the 31st International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty (ISTA) Conference in London, England.

The conference, which addressed innovative solutions for arthroplasty, took place Oct. 10-13, 2018 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre. Established in 1988, ISTA is dedicated to advancing the art and science of technology in joint replacement by connecting the leading clinicians, engineers, researchers, and industry members from around the globe.

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Enhanced Bone Fixation of TKA Tibial Tray Implants With TiO2 Nanotubes

Daniel Justin – Nanovation Partners – Orlando, USA
Young S. Ngyuen – Optimotion Implants, LLC – Orlando, USA
William Walsh – University of New South Wales – Randwick, Australia
Matt Pelletier – Surgical &Orthopaedic Research Laboratory – Sydney, Australia
Craig R. Friedrich – Michigan Technological University – Houghton, USA
Erin Baker – Beaumont Health System – Royal Oak, USA
Sungho Jin – University of California San Diego – San Diego, USA
Clyde Pratt – Kinamed. Inc. – Camarillo, USA

Recent clinical data suggest improvement in the fixation of tibia trays for total knee arthroplasty when the trays are additive manufactured with highly porous bone ingrowth structures.

Read more at ISTA Online.

In Vivo Anti-Bacterial Effectiveness of Nanotextured Titanium Implant Surfaces

Craig R. Friedrich – Michigan Technological University – Houghton, USA
Erin Baker – Beaumont Health System – Royal Oak, USA
Sachin Bhosle – Michigan Technological University – Houghton, USA
Daniel Justin – Nanovation Partners – Orlando, USA

Periprosthetic infection remains a clinical challenge that may lead to revision surgeries, increased spending, disability, and mortality.

Read more at ISTA Online.


Sain and Imam Publish on Composite Materials

Solids and Structures journal coverTrisha Sain (ME-EM) and Muhammed Imam authored the paper “Effects of cohesive interfaces and polymer viscoelasticity on improving mechanical properties in an architectured composite,” in the International Journal of Solids and Structures.

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2018.10.008

Extract

Improving the functionality of composite materials is a key requirement for various aerospace, auto-motive, sports and defense applications. The trend is to identify mechanisms, design, constituents, and, preferably, the combination of all of them that can result into better mechanical properties in the conflicting domain of interest (e.g. high stiffness and high damping or high stiffness and high toughness) without adding much complexity in the analysis and design.

The present work considered an “interconnected” geometry inspired by biological materials in a composite material made of very different material properties. Our computational study showed that the interconnection was effective in improving the load transfer between two dissimilar materials by the virtue of contact-friction mechanism, compared to layered materials.


TARDEC Funding for Professional Development Modules

Jeremy Worm
Jeremy Worm

Jeremy Worm (MEEM/APSRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $47,000 contract from the U.S. Department of Defense-Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).

Chris Morgan (APSRC) and Jeff Naber (MEEM/APSRC) are Co-PIs on the project “Delivery of Hands-On Professional Development Modules in Diesel Engine Calibration and Powertrain Instrumentation.”

This is a five-month project.

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Best Poster by Kishan Bellur

Kishan Bellur
Kishan Bellur

Kishan Bellur, a postdoctoral scholar (ME-EM), recently attended the annual meeting of the American Society of Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) in Bethesda, Maryland. This is now the primary microgravity conference for NASA.

At the conference, Bellur received the award for “Best Poster Presentation.” His poster presentation was based on his dissertation research, which will be extended with the new NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System (PSI) grant.

The meeting took place October 31st, 2018 through November 3rd, 2018.

The members of ASGSR represent academia, government, and industry interests bonded by a common issue – how living organisms and physical systems respond to gravity.

NASA offers the PSI data repository for physical science experiments performed on the International Space Station (ISS). The PSI system is now accessible and open to the public.