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  • OpenFoam Technical Seminar - October 15, 2016

         On Saturday, October 15th, the ASME Milwaukee Section assisted with the OpenFOAM User’s Group 2016 Mini-Conference.  Actually, the seminar was organized by Daniel Mather, Ph.D., (Digital Engines) and held at Madison College—just south of Truax Field.  Ron Olson, the Program Director for Mechanical Design/Technology, provided me with a tour thru the well-equipped laboratory prior to the start.

         Dan Mather welcomed everyone with a brief introduction to the training and we broke up into two separate groups.  Although only seven registered for the “hands-on” software training, a total of about 25 participated in the conference. 

         The computer lab was well-equipped allowing us to work “hands on” with this open-source CFD software.  At first, we were given the software on a thumb drive and practiced working with and loading programs of OpenFOAM.

         Sessions of training included the following:

    • An instructor from UWM, Ali Bakhshinejad, provided the basics of C++ programing using the OpenFOAM libraries.
    • A professor from the University of Iowa, Marcela Politano, illustrated a steady laminar solution to a simple flow problem.
    • An experienced user showed how to setup and use the automatic mesh generator.
    • AMR (arbitrary mesh refinement) was discussed showing mesh adjustment between fine features and coarse features.
    • The mini-conference, separate from the lab training, featured additional presentations on applications of the software.

         The seminar closed around 5:30 pm with Daniel Mather providing an overview of CFD along with a discussion of the Navier Stokes relationship.  This seminar was an excellent opportunity to learn more about computational fluid dynamics and its application.

         Thank you Dan Mather for providing us with this seminar.

  • Greendale Lego Team Competition

    The Greendale Lego Team placed first out of fifteen teams in their first competition on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Cudahy, WI.  Love that shirt!

  • SPX Transformer Tour - October 5, 2016

        On Wednesday, October 5th, 2016, the ASME Milwaukee Section toured the SPX facility in Waukesha at 400 S. Prairie Ave.  Thirty of our members attended including three students—Jordan Black and Ryan Quinn UW-Madison, and Lorne Nix who is attending North Carolina State University on-line.  In addition, three guests from the Public Service Commission attended.

       From the outside, the facility is huge and impressive.  With over 650 employees, the plant covers 449,000 square feet.  Portions of the building are climate controlled to ensure moisture control during production.

       Prior to our tour, Chris Dobner, the HR manager, discussed the corporate structure.  Headquartered in Charlotte, N. C., SPX consists of three divisions— (1) HVAC products; (2) detection, measurement, and technical equipment; and (3) power product lines.  The company has over 6000 employees worldwide in 20 countries with 1000 in the United States.  The largest power transformer they manufacture is rated at 1200 mva and 345 kV.

       For the technical presentation, Dharam Vir, Vice President of Engineering, provided an overview of the operating characteristics of a transformer.  In addition, he described the types and classes of transformers and design considerations.  Also, an overview of the design software was presented.  After a question and answer session, we broke into groups and began the tour.


       During the tour, we witnessed the production process as the tour guides led us thru the plant and described:

    • Two large core cutting machines that sheared .2mm thick steel for the laminations.
    • Three vertical and two horizontal core winding machines.
    • Special climate controlled rooms that applied heat and vacuum to extract the moisture.
    • Assembly of the laminates accomplished manually.
    • Final testing of the transformer.
    • Shipping considerations, in some cases only by rail.
    • Operation of a million pound hoist costing 1 million dollars.
    • The eight million dollar “Faraday Room” used to isolate and simulate lightning strikes and overload conditions.         After the tour, we presented our host with a “Certificate of Appreciation” and ASME Milwaukee polo shirts for their effort.  Also, the tour guides--Chris Plott, Jeff Lex, Matt Kownick and Matt Brian--received ASME coffee mugs.  A sincere thank you to SPX for hosting this tour.

       Next stop—dinner at the nearby La Estacion, a Mexican restaurant.  Our group occupied two railroad cars and enjoyed a complete buffet meal.

  • Continuing Education and Technical Seminar - November 5, 2016

    The ASME Milwaukee Section will be holding an educational program on
    Saturday November 5, 2016 at the Grohmann Tower 4th Floor Conference Room
    at MSOE.
    This is a half-day program put on by the ASME-MIlwaukee Section for the
    benefit of ASME Members and their guests as well as any Professional
    Engineer.  The day will begin with registration at 7:30 am, continue with
    four 50 minute long presentations and end around 1pm with lunch.
    Attendees will have the opportunity to leave with a certificate for 4
    continuing education PDH's for the four topics offered that can be used
    for their Professional Engineer license renewal.  If you are only able to
    attend one or two presentations, you can register for that and get PDH's
    for those presentations attended.  However, we strongly recommend that you
    register online on/before November 2, 2016.

    Below is the Schedule for this event:
    •       7:30-8:25 AM Set-up, registration and breakfast
    •       8:25-8:35 AM Welcome by the Section Chair, Al Perkins and seminar
    coordinator Subha Kumpaty
    •       8:35-9:30 AM Session 1 Medical Device Packaging Development by Sung
    Kwon, Project Engineer, Vesta Inc.
    •       9:35-10:30 AM Session 2 Design, Development and production of M-ATV by
    Aaron Lynn, Principal Engineer, Oshkosh Defense, LLC
    •       10:30-11:00 AM Break
    •       11:05-12:00 Session 3 Pattern and Core Box Design and Conception by
    Olivier Mereau, Foundry Casting Engineer, Milwaukee Valve Co.
    •       12:05-1:00 Session 4 Technical Library Research by Denise Gergetz,
    Librarian and Archivist, MSOE
    •       1:00 PM Lunch

    Please note free temporary parking permits will be provided at the door
    for placement in dashboard (valid 7 am to 2 pm) at the WATER ST LOT
    (opposite to Grohmann Tower where the event is taking place).

    To register or for more information, please go to the following link:

  • Continuing Education and Technical Seminar - October 15th, 2016 - Madison, WI

    All members are welcome to the upcoming seminar for continuing education and professional development. There is a provision to earn credits (6 PDHs).   We have excellent speakers lined up to provide entry-level training for OpenFOAM.

    OpenFOAM is a free and open source engineering analysis software used primarily for fluid dynamics, but is also for solid mechanics, electromagnetics, and even quantitative financial analysis.  The funny name is an acronym: Open-source- Field-Operation And Manipulation.

    The seminar will be held at the Ingenuity Center, Madison College, 1701 Wright Street, Madison WI.

    For more information and to register:

  • Rexnord Innovation Center Tour - Sept. 14th, 2016

    On Wednesday, September 14th, 2016, the Milwaukee Section toured the Rexnord facility in West Milwaukee, 5101 W. Beloit Rd.  Thirty-three of our members attended including three students—Jordan Black, UW-Madison; Tom Madden, Marquette and Brendan Reed, MSOE.  We appreciate and encourage participation by students as we continue to support their chapters with financial as well as professional assistance.  On February 8th, 2017, we hold our “student night” at UWM.

    To begin the evening, Joe Hamann, the Advanced Engineering Manager of the center, started with an overview of the Rexnord corporate structure.  With over 7,400 associates worldwide, Rexnord, founded in 1892, is headquartered in Milwaukee.

    After breaking into smaller groups, first stop—the testing of massive chains.  It’s hard to imagine that these chains ever fail—but they do.  One goal of the center is to accurately predict when these failures occur.  Replacing a chain, belt or other transmission product at the appropriate time is far less expensive than waiting for the product to fail.  To this end, our members observed various products undergoing fatigue and tensile testing on massive machines.  Additionally, Environments are systematically varied to accelerate this testing process.  We even observed a 300 lb. force repeatedly applied to a wall mount for a commode.

    When a product does fail, the information is documented and analysis begins.  Among equipment at their disposal, a scanning electron microscope.  Chemical analysis and hardness testing are also used to assure that quality standards are being maintained.

    One of the last stops on the tour was product testing of flat top chain belts.  To determine which belt material is best, forces are measured under simulated production conditions—plastic bottles, cans and other customer products can be damaged by use of the wrong belt.

    A huge thank you to Joe Hamann, associate Mike Mitchell and staff for providing our members with a memorable tour.

    After the tour, the group raced to Meyer’s Restaurant—we were hungry!  An excellent “family style” meal was served.