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