Technical Seminar held at WCTC on April 16, 2016

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  • Technical Seminar held at WCTC on April 16, 2016

     On Saturday morning, April 16, 2016, the Milwaukee Section of ASME held its third technical seminar.  Yes, it’s hard to get up early on a weekend—but, the satisfaction of broadening our engineering background as well as earning four professional development hours was well worth the effort.  Twenty nine engineers participated in the event.  This year, Professor Subha Kumpaty from MSOE organized three new interesting topics.  The four speakers were enthusiastic and informative and the audience was involved from the beginning as evidenced from the spontaneous questions throughout.

     From left--Dr. Subha Kumpaty, Dr. Robert Rizza, Mr. Robert Nordstrom and Mr. Chad Smith.

     The first topic was “Mechanical Design Considerations for a CT Gantry”.  Mr. Chad Smith from GE Healthcare described the engineering aspects in detail.   These scanners have allowed non-invasive diagnoses to reach new heights.   We explored the challenges of designing this complex machine—from the bearings, imaging capability, electrical interference, power sources, balancing and other items the engineer must consider.

     Session #2, presented by Dr. Robert Rizza from MSOE, covered “Design of Orthotics”.  All participants gained insights into the huge improvements now available in quality of life for individuals afflicted with diagnoses such as scoliosis and club foot.  The audience also learned how CAE Software (3D DyOS), which he specifically developed for this application, is used for orthotic design and analysis.

     The third session explored the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics.  Dr. Subha Kumpaty presented the theory and coding parameters for CFD software implementation.  Mr. Robert Nordstrom followed with examples to allow the audience to understand methods of solution using ANSYS Fluent software.

    Subha Kumpaty receives an ASME Milwaukee shirt for his efforts.

    The twenty-nine participants earned 4 PDHs.

     Thank you to all of our participants for supporting our seminar--and, of course, a sincere thank you to our presenters for donating their time to make this event possible.

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