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Method For Producing Conductive Or Insulating Feedthroughs In A Substrate, Janet K. Lumpp, Susan D. Allen Dec 1996

Method For Producing Conductive Or Insulating Feedthroughs In A Substrate, Janet K. Lumpp, Susan D. Allen

Mechanical Engineering - Daytona Beach

A method for producing feedthroughs in a substrate having a front and back surface, wherein the substrate either has a hole or absorbs radiation at a given wavelength. The method includes selecting and intimately bonding a sheet to the back surface of the substrate with an adhesive which is absorptive at the given wavelength. If the substrate has a hole, an exposed area of the sheet is illuminated with laser radiation at the given wavelength and at a power level sufficient to ablate a portion of the sheet behind the exposed area, thereby creating the feedthrough in the substrate. If ...


1995 Strategic Plan For Museum, Tractor Museum Dec 1996

1995 Strategic Plan For Museum, Tractor Museum

Museum Planning and Development Documents

Roof Repair Contacting Tractor Manufacturers Inviting Donors to be Members


Tractor Test Museum Committee Minutes December 11, 1996, Tractor Museum Dec 1996

Tractor Test Museum Committee Minutes December 11, 1996, Tractor Museum

Museum Planning and Development Documents

Roof Repair Inviting Donors to be Members Treasurer's Report


Diffuse Energy Propagation On Heterogeneous Plates: Structural Acoustics Radiative Transfer Theory, Joseph A. Turner, Richard L. Weaver Dec 1996

Diffuse Energy Propagation On Heterogeneous Plates: Structural Acoustics Radiative Transfer Theory, Joseph A. Turner, Richard L. Weaver

Faculty Publications from the Department of Engineering Mechanics

The propagation of diffuse energy on an unwetted flat plate with attached heterogeneities is examined using a statistical, multiple scattering approach. The statistically homogeneous heterogeneities lightly couple the membrane and flexural waves. The problem is formulated in terms of the Bethe–Salpeter equation, which governs the field covariance. It is reduced to a radiative transfer equation in the limit that the attenuations per wave number are small, i.e., when the heterogeneities are weak. This radiative transfer equation governs the diffuse energy propagation as a function of space, time, and propagation direction. Solutions of the radiative transfer equation are presented ...


High-Pressure Oxidation Rates For Large Coal And Char Particles, James A. Mathias Dec 1996

High-Pressure Oxidation Rates For Large Coal And Char Particles, James A. Mathias

Theses and Dissertations

The main objective of this study was to investigate the factors that influence the oxidation rate of large (five to eight millimeters in diameter) coal and char particles. To accomplish this, experiments were performed in which the gas temperature, gas velocity, particle size, partial pressure of oxygen, and total pressure were varied. The experiments were performed with the cantilever balance attachment and the high pressure controlled profile reactor.

Approximately 90 combustion experiments were performed with Pittsburgh, Utah Blind Canyon, and Wyodak-Anderson coal. These experiments were performed at atmospheric pressure with air and varied gas temperature, gas velocity, and particle size ...


Arts, Computers And Artificial Intelligence, Sol Neeman Ph.D. Nov 1996

Arts, Computers And Artificial Intelligence, Sol Neeman Ph.D.

Engineering Studies Faculty Publications and Creative Works

Science and art seem to belong to different cultures. Science and technology, mainly the products of the intellect, use terminology and vocabulary that are concise and well defined. In contrast, in artistic expression, ambiguity is a powerful component. Still the relationship between these two different categories of human activity is interesting and fascinating. In this paper, a general comparison of these two disciplines will be introduced. Then the possibility of mechanical creation of art using computers and artificial intelligence will be discussed. This will be followed by two techniques which are used to create poetry and music. First, a statistical ...


Development Of Outcome Assessments At Wpi, William W. Durgin, Lance Schachterle Nov 1996

Development Of Outcome Assessments At Wpi, William W. Durgin, Lance Schachterle

Office of the Provost Scholarship

The WPl PLAN, adopted by the WPl faculty in 1970, strongly anticipates current thinking about student outcomes assessments by structuring degree requirements that mandate that students demonstrate their ability to perform professional functions embodied in ABET Criteria 2000, especially Criteria 3 and 4. The WPI faculty has also practiced both student and self evaluations of these outcomes through respectively grades and peer review (both departmental and campus-wide) of student performance.


Preparing The Leaders For Mechatronics Education, Sema E. Alptekin Nov 1996

Preparing The Leaders For Mechatronics Education, Sema E. Alptekin

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Mechatronics is the synergetic combination of precision mechanical engineering, electronic control and systems thinking in the design of products and processes. There is a need to develop interdisciplinary programs in Mechatronics that better prepare our graduates to design, build, and operate the products and systems of today and tomorrow. To address this need, National Science Foundation funded a project entitled "Preparing the Leaders for Mechatronics Education" undertaken by Cal Poly in 1995 - 1996. In this paper, the activities that took place during this two-year program is outlined. Several courses and course modules have already been developed and implemented by the ...


Experimental Validation Of Finite Element Analysis Software Applied To The Design Of A Motorcycle Swingarm, Bret Schaller Nov 1996

Experimental Validation Of Finite Element Analysis Software Applied To The Design Of A Motorcycle Swingarm, Bret Schaller

Theses - Daytona Beach

This thesis documents the experimental validation of finite element analysis software applied to the design of a motorcycle swingarm. The process includes design and implementation of an onboard data acquisition system; definition and measurement of operational loads; laboratory correlation of loads; experimental validation of Pro/Mechanica finite element analysis software; design and prototype development of a single-sided motorcycle swingarm; and computer modeling using the Pro/Engineer solid modeling package.


Characterization Of Sr‐Doped Lamno3 And Lacoo3 As Cathode Materials For A Doped Lagao3 Ceramic Fuel Cell, Kevin Huang, Man Feng, John B. Goodenough, Michael Schmerling Nov 1996

Characterization Of Sr‐Doped Lamno3 And Lacoo3 As Cathode Materials For A Doped Lagao3 Ceramic Fuel Cell, Kevin Huang, Man Feng, John B. Goodenough, Michael Schmerling

Faculty Publications

Energy dispersive spectrometry line scan and ac impedance spectroscopy were used in this study to investigate the chemical reactions between two cathode materials, La0.84Sr0.16MnO3 (LSM), La0.5Sr0.5CoO3-δ (LSC), and the electrolyte La0.9Sr0.1Ga0.8Mg0.2O2.85 (LSGM). Significant interdiffusions of Co into LSGM and Ga into LSC were found at an LSC/LSGM interface even at relatively low fabrication temperatures. In contrast, only small interdiffusions of Mn into LSGM and Ga into LSM were detected at the ...


Distributed Activation Energy Model Of Heterogeneous Coal Ignition, John C. Chen Nov 1996

Distributed Activation Energy Model Of Heterogeneous Coal Ignition, John C. Chen

Mechanical Engineering

We present a model that simulates the conventional tube-furnace experiment used for ignition studies. The Distributed Activation Energy Model of Ignition accounts for particle-to-particle variations in reactivity by having a single preexponential factor and a Gaussian distribution of activation energies among the particles. The results show that the model captures the key experimental observations, namely, the linear increase in ignition frequency with increasing gas temperature and the variation of the slope of the ignition frequency with oxygen concentration. The article also shows that adjustments to the model parameters permit a good fit with experimental data.


Local Stresses On Lateral Pipe-Nozzle With 45 Degree Angle Intersection, James Jin Xu Oct 1996

Local Stresses On Lateral Pipe-Nozzle With 45 Degree Angle Intersection, James Jin Xu

Dissertations

This dissertation presents a comprehensive study of local stresses, due to internal pressure around a pipe-nozzle with 45 degree angle intersection_ The resulting circumferential and longitudinal stresses on the pipe around the pipe-nozzle region are normalized as local stress factors and plotted as function of beta, β, (the radius of the nozzle/the radius of the pipe) and gamma, y, (the radius of the pipe/the thickness of the pipe) through the finite element method. The range of beta, [3, is from 0.1, to 1.0, and gamma, y, from 10 to 300. Comprehensive studies were made for the ...


Implementation Of Fortran Finite Element Analysis Source Code With Application : Particle Deposition In A 90 Degree Duct Bend, Pantaleo Loiacono Oct 1996

Implementation Of Fortran Finite Element Analysis Source Code With Application : Particle Deposition In A 90 Degree Duct Bend, Pantaleo Loiacono

Theses

Two FORTRAN 77 finite element analysis source codes, by 1.N. Reddy, were input into a PC, debugged, executed, and tested successfully. These programs are available to students interested in implementing a good finite element analysis source code on a PC or on a workstation in one or two dimensions. The programs can solve problems relating to heat transfer, stresses, beam analysis, frames, trusses, plane elasticity, plate bending, and laminar viscous incompressible fluids with various node and element combinations.

The two-dimensional program was used to obtain the velocity distributions in a 90 degree duct bend with incoming and exiting fully ...


Ole Miss Engineer 1996 Oct 1996

Ole Miss Engineer 1996

The Ole Miss Engineer

No abstract provided.


Area Preserving Transformation System For Press Forming Blank Development, James H. Oliver, Nirmal K. Nair Oct 1996

Area Preserving Transformation System For Press Forming Blank Development, James H. Oliver, Nirmal K. Nair

Iowa State University Patents

An efficient algorithm determines the blank shape necessary to manufacture a surface by press forming. The technique is independent of material properties and instead uses surface geometry and an area conservation constraint to generate a geometrically feasible blank shape. The algorithm is formulated as an approximate geometric interpretation of the reversal of the forming process. The primary applications for this technique are in preliminary surface design, assessment of manufacturability, and location of binder wrap. Since the algorithm exhibits linear time complexity, it is amenable to implementation as an interactive design aid.


On Velocity-Conditioned Scalar Mixing In Homogeneous Turbulence, Rodney O. Fox Oct 1996

On Velocity-Conditioned Scalar Mixing In Homogeneous Turbulence, Rodney O. Fox

Rodney O. Fox

Scalar mixing models are required to modelturbulent molecular mixing in full probability density function (pdf) simulations of turbulent reacting flows. Despite the existence of direct numerical simulation (DNS) data suggesting the contrary, most scalar mixing models assume that molecular mixing is independent of the instantaneous velocity, i.e., 〈D∇2φ|V,ψ〉=〈D∇2φ|ψ〉. Since in a joint velocity, composition pdf calculation the velocity is known, this assumption is unnecessary and leads to a lack of local isotropy in the scalar field. Moreover, since velocity conditioning offers a numerically tractable approach for including the effects of local anisotropy and ...


Quantitative Depth Profiling Of Layered Samples Using Phase-Modulation Ft-Ir Photoacoustic Spectroscopy, Roger W. Jones, John F. Mcclelland Oct 1996

Quantitative Depth Profiling Of Layered Samples Using Phase-Modulation Ft-Ir Photoacoustic Spectroscopy, Roger W. Jones, John F. Mcclelland

Ames Laboratory Publications

In phase-modulation FT-IR spectroscopy, all wavelengths in a spectrum are modulated at the same frequency and in phase. This factor makes the use of photoacoustic phase data for depth profiling samples much easier in phase modulation than in rapid scan. A method to quantitatively measure layer thickness by using the phase of a substrate spectrum peak is demonstrated with a series of samples consisting of thin polymer films on substrates. Additions to the basic method are demonstrated that extend its application to cases where the substrate peak is overlapped by a spectrum peak of the surface film. A linear relationship ...


Heat Transfer In Microchannels, Xianming Wang Oct 1996

Heat Transfer In Microchannels, Xianming Wang

Doctoral Dissertations

The objective of this research was to develop an analytical solution to the heat transfer problem in microchannels with slip-flow--a heat transfer problem for gases at low pressures or in extremely small geometries, and to verify this solution experimentally. In this investigation, an analytical expression for the velocity distribution with slip-flow was obtained which involved the Knudsen (Kn) number in an infinite series form. The result showed that the velocity always increased as the Knudsen number was increased. The Knudsen number for extremely small channels may become large enough to affect significantly the velocity distribution and consequently affect the heat ...


Microwave Telemetry For Sensing Conditions In Enclosed Rotating And/Or Reciprocating Machinery, Richard L. Campbell, Douglas B. Brumm, Carl L. Anderson, Glen L. Barna Sep 1996

Microwave Telemetry For Sensing Conditions In Enclosed Rotating And/Or Reciprocating Machinery, Richard L. Campbell, Douglas B. Brumm, Carl L. Anderson, Glen L. Barna

Michigan Tech Patents

An apparatus for measuring the pressure within the torque converter of an automatic transmission. The apparatus includes a sensor to sense the interior pressure of the torque converter and generate an electrical signal representative of that pressure. That signal is converted to microwave energy which is radiated into the interior of the torque converter housing from a microwave transmitter located within the torque converter. Receiving microwave antennae exposed to the housing interior receive the microwaves and transmit an electrical signal corresponding to the microwave energy to a remote readout external of the torque converter. The receiving antenna are preferably in ...


Chemcial Vapor Deposition Precursor Chemistry. 5. The Photolytic Laser Deposition Of Aluminum Thin Films By Chemical Vapor Deposition, John A. Glass, Seong-Don Hwang, Saswati Datta, Brian W. Robertson, James T. Spencer Sep 1996

Chemcial Vapor Deposition Precursor Chemistry. 5. The Photolytic Laser Deposition Of Aluminum Thin Films By Chemical Vapor Deposition, John A. Glass, Seong-Don Hwang, Saswati Datta, Brian W. Robertson, James T. Spencer

Mechanical & Materials Engineering Faculty Publications

Thin films of very high purity aluminum were formed from the laser photolysis of trimethylamine alane (TMAA) using both ultraviolet (pulsed nitrogen) and visible (argon ion) laser irradiation on a variety of substrates including gold. Si (111), GaAs (110) and Teflon (PTFE). At thicknesses of up to 1 μm, nearly linear growth rates of 377 Ås-1 and 112 Ås-1 were observed. The formation of volatile species formed during the deposition of aluminum from TMAA was investigated by quadrupole mass spectrometry (QMS) of the reactant gas stream. The highest intensity post-deposition mass fragments were observed at m/z ...


Bounding Elastic Constants Of An Orthotropic Polycrystal Using Measurements Of The Microstructure, Brent L. Adams, M. J. Beran, T. A. Mason, Ted Olsen Sep 1996

Bounding Elastic Constants Of An Orthotropic Polycrystal Using Measurements Of The Microstructure, Brent L. Adams, M. J. Beran, T. A. Mason, Ted Olsen

Faculty Publications

We show how information about the elastic stiffness and compliance of an orthotropic polycrystal may be obtained from measurements of the statistical properties of the microstructure. We begin by discussing the statistical properties of the governing equations and the hierarchy that results when the equations are averaged. Perturbation solutions are obtained in terms of low-order statistical information. Using methods previously developed, we derive bounds for the elastic stiffnesses and compliances. A heirarchy of bounds is derived using the statistical information obtained from measurements of the microstructure. We discuss the methods used to obtain the correlation functions of the microstructure and ...


Proposal For Renovation Of 1920 Tractor Test Lab Into Museum, Tractor Museum Aug 1996

Proposal For Renovation Of 1920 Tractor Test Lab Into Museum, Tractor Museum

Museum Planning and Development Documents

Bids for Renovating Roof State Fair Display Further Funding for Renovation


The Development And Evaluation Of The Knife Finite Element, Brett W. Clark Aug 1996

The Development And Evaluation Of The Knife Finite Element, Brett W. Clark

Theses and Dissertations

This thesis presents the development and evaluation of the knife finite element which is a degenerate case of a hexahedral element. The knife connectivity is an artifact of automatic all-hexahedral mesh generators. Currently, knives are propagated to the surface of the mesh for removal. However since this disturbs the surface mesh, other alternatives are needed. This thesis investigates the option of leaving the knife connectivity in the mesh and treating it as a valid finite element. The shape functions and stiffness matrix for the knife element are derived and evaluated using theoretical and practical evaluations. It is concluded that the ...


Solute Nucleation And Growth In Supercritical Fluid Mixtures, Gregory T. Smedley, Gerald Wilemski, W. Terry Rawlins, David B. Oakes, Prakash Joshi, William W. Durgin Jul 1996

Solute Nucleation And Growth In Supercritical Fluid Mixtures, Gregory T. Smedley, Gerald Wilemski, W. Terry Rawlins, David B. Oakes, Prakash Joshi, William W. Durgin

Office of the Provost Scholarship

This research effort is directed toward two primary scientific objectives: (1) to determine the gravitational effect on the measurement of nucleation and growth rates near a critical point and (2) to investigate the nucleation process in supercritical fluids to aid in the evaluation and development of existing theoretical models and practical applications. A nucleation pulse method will be employed for this investigation using a rapid expansion to a supersaturated state that is maintained for ≈ 1 ms followed by a rapid recompression to a less supersaturated state that effectively terminates nucleation while permitting growth to continue. Nucleation, which occurs during the ...


Characterization Of The Si/Sio2 Interface Formed By Remote Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition From Sih4/N2O With Or Without Chlorine Addition, Young-Bae Park, Xiaodong Li, Shi-Woo Rhee Jul 1996

Characterization Of The Si/Sio2 Interface Formed By Remote Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition From Sih4/N2O With Or Without Chlorine Addition, Young-Bae Park, Xiaodong Li, Shi-Woo Rhee

Faculty Publications

The Si/SiO2interface formed by remote plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (RPECVD) at low temperature with SiH4/N2O or SiH4/N2O/Cl2 was studied and compared with thermal oxidation. The interface of the CVD SiO2 without chlorine addition is rougher than that with chlorine addition. But the surface roughness of CVD SiO2 films increases with chlorine addition. The thermal oxidation induces strong interface strains, and the strains generated by the CVD SiO2 without chlorine addition are stronger and are distributed more nonuniformly than those by the chlorinated SiO ...


A Progressive Damage Methodology For Residual Strength Predictions Of Center-Crack Tension Composite Panels, Timothy William Coats Jul 1996

A Progressive Damage Methodology For Residual Strength Predictions Of Center-Crack Tension Composite Panels, Timothy William Coats

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Theses & Dissertations

An investigation of translaminate fracture and a progressive damage methodology was conducted to evaluate and develop residual strength prediction capability for laminated composites with through penetration notches. This is relevant to the damage tolerance of an aircraft fuselage that might suffer an in-flight accident such as an uncontained engine failure. An experimental characterization of several composite materials systems revealed an R-curve type of behavior. Fractographic examinations led to the postulate that this crack growth resistance could be due to fiber bridging, defined here as fractured fibers of one ply bridged by intact fibers of an adjacent ply.

The progressive damage ...


Numerical Prediction Of Turbulent Diffusion Flames Formed By Cylindrical Tube Injector, Ali S. Kheireddine Jul 1996

Numerical Prediction Of Turbulent Diffusion Flames Formed By Cylindrical Tube Injector, Ali S. Kheireddine

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Theses & Dissertations

This work summarizes numerical results for a diffusion flame formed from a cylindrical tube fuel injector, issuing gaseous fuel jet vertically in a quiescent atmosphere. Both pure fuels as well as fuel mixtures are examined. The primary objective is to predict the flame base height as a function of the jet velocity. A finite volume scheme is used to discretize the time-averaged Navier-Stokes equations for the reacting flow, resulting from the turbulent fuel jet motion. The turbulent stresses, and heat and mass fluxes are computed from the Reynolds stress turbulence model. A chemical kinetics model involving a two-step chemical reaction ...


Comprehensive Conjunctive-Use Management Of Connected Surface Water Groundwater Systems Using Stochastic Inputs And Uncertainties, Seshadri Suryanarayana Jul 1996

Comprehensive Conjunctive-Use Management Of Connected Surface Water Groundwater Systems Using Stochastic Inputs And Uncertainties, Seshadri Suryanarayana

Civil & Environmental Engineering Theses & Dissertations

A comprehensive conjunctive-use management model is developed. The dynamics of flow and solute transport processes in connected surface water groundwater systems are integrated by a dual programming management model. The governing aquifer flow parameters and streamflows are treated as stochastic random processes. Multiple realizations of the random field are generated and are explicitly incorporated in a non-linear optimization model along with other system, environmental, and management constraints. To facilitate management of large aquifer systems, a linked simulation-optimization approach is used. The simulation program generates the response matrices for flow and transport processes. The management model then determines optimal well discharges ...


Laboratory Development For Mechatronics Education, Burford Furman, T. Hsu, Freidoon Barez, A. Tesfaye, J. Wang, P. Hsu, P. Reischl Jun 1996

Laboratory Development For Mechatronics Education, Burford Furman, T. Hsu, Freidoon Barez, A. Tesfaye, J. Wang, P. Hsu, P. Reischl

Faculty Publications, Mechanical Engineering

This paper presents the strategy for developing the “Mechatronic Engineering Laboratory” at the authors’ university. The laboratory development was a principal part of an award for “Undergraduate Curriculum Development on Mechatronic Systems Engineering” by the Division of Undergraduate Education of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Major tasks involved in the award include the development and implementation of five new courses and a new laboratory. The purpose of the new laboratory is to support instruction of two of the five new courses: ME 105 Fundamentals of Mechatronic Systems Engineering and ME 190 Electromechanical Systems and Microprocessor Applications.


Microstructure And Deposition Rate Of Aluminum Thin Films From Chemical Vapor Deposition With Dimethylethylamine Alane, Byoung-Youp Kim, Xiaodong Li, Shi-Woo Rhee Jun 1996

Microstructure And Deposition Rate Of Aluminum Thin Films From Chemical Vapor Deposition With Dimethylethylamine Alane, Byoung-Youp Kim, Xiaodong Li, Shi-Woo Rhee

Faculty Publications

Deposition of aluminumfilm from DMEAA in the temperature range of 100–300 °C has been studied. In this temperature range, there is a maximum deposition rate at around 150 °C. The film deposited at 190 °C has elongated blocklike grain shapes, which are ∼600 nm in width and 930 nm in length. Grains in the film deposited at 150 °C showed an equiaxed structure with grain size in the range of 100–300 nm in a film with 600 nm thickness. Aluminum oxide particle inclusion was observed especially at high deposition temperature. Plausible reaction pathways of DMEAA dissociation were suggested ...