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    #20 -- A Question of Stability (Revised)

    By DrD

        Mechanics Corner
        A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD, #20
        © Machinery Dynamics Research, 2015
    A Question of Stability Introduction     The word stability in its several forms is widely used in nontechnical communication. A person whose life it highly consistent from day to day is said to have a stable life. When the political situation in a particular area appears to be unlikely to change, it is said to be stable. A person who is well balanced and unlikely to be easily provoked to anger is said to be a stable person. When the medical condition of a sick or injured person ceases to get worse, the person is said to be stabilized. A company on the verge of bankruptcy is said to be an unstable company. But what does the word stability mean in a technical context? Each of the foregoing examples hints at the technical meaning without really being explicit about it.   A factor g = accel of gravity was missing in the potential energy expression. That is now corrected.
        
     
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  • DrD

    A Question for Readers

    By DrD

    Many of you have asked me various questions, so now it is my turn. Let me lay a bit of background first, and then the questions.   I have had some conversations recently with JAG (one of the other writers here at ME Forums) regarding the choice of software for 3D modeling and analysis. JAG has made some excellent suggestions, specifically a cloud based program called Onshape. Unfortunately, for reasons that are unclear, my computer cannot run Onshape; I have worked with their help people for several hours, all to no avail. JAG recommends this in part because there is a "free version for the hobbyist" and a relatively inexpensive "full version for the professional." That is pretty attractive, but since I can't run it, I'm stuck.   I gather that virtually all engineering colleges these days are teaching some sort of 3D modeling and analysis software, but that raises a few questions in my mind. 1. If your college teaches brandX 3D software, what will you do when you go to work for a small company that cannot afford anything more than 2D drafting (simple CAD), with no analysis capability at all? How will you do your job then? You probably have your own pocket calculator, but will you have your own copy of ANSYS or Pro-E? 2. What software does your school teach (every students should have an answer to this question, so I expect lots of replies on this one!)? 3. If you have used software extensively for analysis of engineering problems (beam deflections, stress analysis, fluid flow, heat transfer, etc), are you confident  that you will be able to work all of those problems if there is no such software available to you on the job?   I might add, as sort of a postscript, most of you know that I am older than dirt (I just had another birthday, so the situation is even worse!), so I tend to look at things from an elderly perspective. One of my great fears as a working engineer was "What will happen when I'm ask to do something that I don't know how to do?" It happened more than once, and it usually resulted in a flurry of intense research to come up to speed on whatever topic was involved. I could usually do that because I have a pretty good library, and I knew how to use a university library as well. But in terms of software, I was always concerned that I had no FEA program, so how could I do problems that others were doing by FEA? I have come up with some interesting work-arounds, including writing my own FEA for some problems, but I never wanted to be dependent on software that I could not afford to own. So, back to my questions about: How are you going to buy your own copy of ANSYS? DrD
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    Calling Mechanical Engineers to collaborate on Twitter

    By saurabhjain

    If you are a mechanical engineering professional and have a twitter account .. we invite you in our mechanical engineering  campaign to collaborate on twitter.. Retweet the following status on https://twitter.com/mechportal/status/646544243649961985 Look forward for your presence. Regards Mechanical Engineeirng forum
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    "Même si l'accord, j'ai apporté seulement des collections ( pointeur laser ), ne doit pas toujours venir avec violon, d'une blessure à la peau sur le mal," Shi Zheng ont des préoccupations. Maintenant Taobao vendant plus grande épée vente laser de puissance est divisé en deux couleurs bleu et vert, et 1000 MW et 2000 mW de puissance à deux niveaux, la lumière bleue sur le corps humain pour stimuler le grand, le vert est plus modéré, plus de puissance haute stockage thermique plus fort est le plus dangereux. ( collimateur laser 
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  1. 1) How to make the spiral pipe

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    2) Accessory of the pipe (Use to connect the pipe and bring pipe up)

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    4) Drawing 

    Click Download drawing of Bridge foundation 3D ( reference drawing )

    Click Download catalogue of the product

     

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    Mechanical Design and More

     

    Why Design?

    The new era is flooded with products - Virtual or Physical. And with no surprise, everything needs to be designed. We are doing it from long back, since we are bringing something new or may be inventing. Design is the medium which brings your thoughts into a physical (nowadays virtual) form.
     

    Virtual/Web design

    Remember the old days websites or software packages - They were largely comprised of text, and design layout did not exist much. While later versions had some design, they were still extremely basic, consisting mainly of tags for headers, paragraphs, and links. Visual considerations such as typography, imagery, and navigation were still things of the not-too distant future.
     
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    pc: www.vdoit.in
     
    And now, we are into a new age where we look forward to User Interface and User Experience (UI/UX) designers to improve overall experience and usability of webisites and software packages.
     
    There is a whole world behind these two words!!
     
    Just take an example of one of the largest social networking website, Facebook - Who decides, where will be your cover pic and where should be the display pic be located in your wall. Not only this, there are whole lot of stuffs on each and every website. Simple placement and positions of the buttons will change the overall experience of the user. This is where UI/UX designer are working hard by understanding human nature and behavior of doing things when they are 'online'.
     
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    pc: www.mockingbot.com

     

     
    Just to add, each and every thing which you look into a website, software package or mobile applications , be it a logo, buttons, stickers and the entire range of interface details which you see are being designed by someone - Designers. Imagine the vast amount of work involved in this!

     


    Physical/Mechanical design

    Being a Mechanical Design Engineer, this excites me more.
     
    When I say "Mechanical", does it restricts me to gears, bolts-nuts, cam-shaft, car/aerospace bodies and parts?
     
    Well not at all !
     
    Name a product around you which you think is not of 'mechanical' genre - Mobile phones, Television (its remote too), Refrigerators, Air conditioners and many more. Most of us would say these are electronics/electrical products. They are listed under 'Electronics' category in amazon and flipkart too.

     
     
     TV-fridge.jpg

    Now, understand this - All of these products are obviously being invented/reinvented by electrical or electronics engineers and their functionality depends on basic rules and principles of these engineering discipline, but their actual physical being is a work of physics and mathematics. When I say physics and mathematics, its basically mechanical design in broader sense.

    For instance, the electronic board inside a mobile phone or TV is work of electronics ( circuit design, voltage calculations, etc), but they never tell how the mobile phone should look or feel to the end user when they will hold it. Also, electrical engineer can not tell how a TV to be wall mounted, what should be the screen thickness, corners, etc. In more engineering sense, the entire design is actually work of a Mechanical Design engineer who designs the fits/forms and the look of the appliance. Obviously when I say 'look', it opens a whole new world which revolves around aesthetics.  Probably, I will talk about ergonomics and aesthetics some other time.

     

    The Design Sense

    Any design needs to fulfill certain requirements which comes from end users. But the real question is what inspires a designer to design something new or may be modify an existing product to something new and more usable. The designer must satisfy all what is required by the user and obviously the standards set upon it (and off course the laws of physics and mathematics). These all might drive the design and product structure but these can never drive how the product will look or feel to the user. At some instances the user might not be interested on how it looks, it should perform and that's all counts.
    Design.png
    pc: www.api-university.com

    The design sense of the designer plays an important role on how the product is being designed and what features are built to satisfy all the requirements. Be it a UI/UX designer or Mechanical designer, designing under requirements are achievable like solving a problem but developing a design sense is something which comes with time and experience. In a way its a work of art.
    design%2Bsense.png
    ps: www.designschool.canva.com

    How do we develop a design sense?

    When I say DESIGN is work of art, any art comes with time and needs passion. We may learn design tools but the design sense needs dedication. A musician can learn how to play a guitar but can only develop new tunes if he is passionate about it.
     
    Have you ever thought why a particular product is being made/designed the way it is? Let me take a few examples:
     
    1. Bulbs - The iconic shape that blazes in our minds as the quintessential light bulb served two purposes in the advent of lighting: it was easily manufactured using glass-blowing techniques, and its spherical shape was best for controlling heat and light emissions.
    bulb.jpg
     
     
    2. Golf balls - Are a golf ball's dimples just there for aesthetics?
    Try aerodynamics - They actually create turbulence in the layer of air surrounding a ball in flight, reducing the drag behind the ball.
     
    golfball.png
     
    Now we know why helmets for cyclists are designed with dimples. But why not aircraft or cars?

     
    helmet.jpg
    3. Manhole covers - Why they are always round?
    They are round almost all over the world, so that they cannot possibly fall through their own holes. Any shape other than a circle would be able to fit through in at least one way.
     
    manhole1.jpg
     
    Off course few designers took it as challenge, but I am sure they had to make some arrangement, may be a hatch.
     
    square_manhole.jpg
     
    So now you know why certain features are designed in these products and why it was a sensible approach.

    I will discuss a lot more about design - Design thinking, mechanical design approach and the process to build something new and off course the tools which are used. Log in to 

    Why Design?

    The new era is flooded with products - Virtual or Physical. And with no surprise, everything needs to be designed. We are doing it from long back, since we are bringing something new or may be inventing. Design is the medium which brings your thoughts into a physical (nowadays virtual) form.

    Virtual/Web design

    Remember the old days websites or software packages - They were largely comprised of text, and design layout did not exist much. While later versions had some design, they were still extremely basic, consisting mainly of tags for headers, paragraphs, and links. Visual considerations such as typography, imagery, and navigation were still things of the not-too distant future.
     
    vDoIT_Ui-ux.png
    pc: www.vdoit.in
     
    And now, we are into a new age where we look forward to User Interface and User Experience (UI/UX) designers to improve overall experience and usability of webisites and software packages.
     
    There is a whole world behind these two words!!
     
    Just take an example of one of the largest social networking website, Facebook - Who decides, where will be your cover pic and where should be the display pic be located in your wall. Not only this, there are whole lot of stuffs on each and every website. Simple placement and positions of the buttons will change the overall experience of the user. This is where UI/UX designer are working hard by understanding human nature and behavior of doing things when they are 'online'.
     
    uiuxusability.jpg
    pc: www.mockingbot.com
     
     
    Just to add, each and every thing which you look into a website, software package or mobile applications , be it a logo, buttons, stickers and the entire range of interface details which you see are being designed by someone - Designers. Imagine the vast amount of work involved in this!
     


    Physical/Mechanical design

    Being a Mechanical Design Engineer, this excites me more.
     
    When I say "Mechanical", does it restricts me to gears, bolts-nuts, cam-shaft, car/aerospace bodies and parts?
     
    Well not at all !
     
    Name a product around you which you think is not of 'mechanical' genre - Mobile phones, Television (its remote too), Refrigerators, Air conditioners and many more. Most of us would say these are electronics/electrical products. They are listed under 'Electronics' category in amazon and flipkart too.

     
     
     TV-fridge.jpg

    Now, understand this - All of these products are obviously being invented/reinvented by electrical or electronics engineers and their functionality depends on basic rules and principles of these engineering discipline, but their actual physical being is a work of physics and mathematics. When I say physics and mathematics, its basically mechanical design in broader sense.
    For instance, the electronic board inside a mobile phone or TV is work of electronics ( circuit design, voltage calculations, etc), but they never tell how the mobile phone should look or feel to the end user when they will hold it. Also, electrical engineer can not tell how a TV to be wall mounted, what should be the screen thickness, corners, etc. In more engineering sense, the entire design is actually work of a Mechanical Design engineer who designs the fits/forms and the look of the appliance. Obviously when I say 'look', it opens a whole new world which revolves around aesthetics.  Probably, I will talk about ergonomics and aesthetics some other time.

    The Design Sense

    Any design needs to fulfill certain requirements which comes from end users. But the real question is what inspires a designer to design something new or may be modify an existing product to something new and more usable. The designer must satisfy all what is required by the user and obviously the standards set upon it (and off course the laws of physics and mathematics). These all might drive the design and product structure but these can never drive how the product will look or feel to the user. At some instances the user might not be interested on how it looks, it should perform and that's all counts.
    Design.png
    pc: www.api-university.com

    The design sense of the designer plays an important role on how the product is being designed and what features are built to satisfy all the requirements. Be it a UI/UX designer or Mechanical designer, designing under requirements are achievable like solving a problem but developing a design sense is something which comes with time and experience. In a way its a work of art.
    design%2Bsense.png
    ps: www.designschool.canva.com

    How do we develop a design sense?

    When I say DESIGN is work of art, any art comes with time and needs passion. We may learn design tools but the design sense needs dedication. A musician can learn how to play a guitar but can only develop new tunes if he is passionate about it.
     
    Have you ever thought why a particular product is being made/designed the way it is? Let me take a few examples:
     
    1. Bulbs - The iconic shape that blazes in our minds as the quintessential light bulb served two purposes in the advent of lighting: it was easily manufactured using glass-blowing techniques, and its spherical shape was best for controlling heat and light emissions.
    bulb.jpg
     
     
    2. Golf balls - Are a golf ball's dimples just there for aesthetics?
    Try aerodynamics - They actually create turbulence in the layer of air surrounding a ball in flight, reducing the drag behind the ball.
     
    golfball.png
     
    Now we know why helmets for cyclists are designed with dimples. But why not aircraft or cars?

     
    helmet.jpg
    3. Manhole covers - Why they are always round?
    They are round almost all over the world, so that they cannot possibly fall through their own holes. Any shape other than a circle would be able to fit through in at least one way.
     
    manhole1.jpg
     
    Off course few designers took it as challenge, but I am sure they had to make some arrangement, may be a hatch.
     
    square_manhole.jpg
     

    So now you know why certain features are designed in these products and why it was a sensible approach.

    I will discuss a lot more about design - Design thinking, mechanical design approach and the process to build something new and off course the tools which are used.

     

    Mechanical Design and More

     

     

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    The project explains how the type of mesh can influence the results obtained for the mixing of flow in a pipe. The simulation is done on a cloud-based CAE platform called SimScale. The link to the project is here. This project is a part of the SimScale Professional Training on CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics).
     
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    The pipe flow geometry, originally uploaded by the SimScale Staff, available in the public projects.
     
    For this internal flow problem, a Hex-dominant parametric mesh is used. Two types of meshes are created for the problem - a coarse mesh ( which accommodates all the features of the geometry) and a fine mesh ( by increasing the fineness).
     
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    Coarse mesh ( Fineness: 1-Very coarse)
     
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    Fine mesh ( Fineness : 4-Fine)
     
    The same type of analysis is performed for both the meshes (Fluid dynamics: Incompressible). Same boundary conditions and simulation controls are defined for both the meshes.
     
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    Simulation run: Coarse mesh
     
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    Simulation run: Fine mesh
     
    The simulation results are post-processed (clip filter is used) to get the contour plot of the velocity flow field.
     
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    Post-processor screenshot for coarse mesh
     
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    Post-processor screenshot for fine mesh
     
    As revealed by the results the fines mesh captures specific physics (like flow separation and vorticities) more accurately. Isn't that expected? Well, not always!
     
     
     
    This blog was previously posted on Behance.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    • The boiler system comprises a feed-water system, steam system, and fuel system. The feed-water system supplies treated water to the boiler and regulate it automatically to meet the steam demand. Various valves and controls are provided to access for maintenance and monitoring.
    • The steam system heats and vaporizes the feed water and controls steam produced in the boiler. Steam is directed through a piping system to the application. Throughout the system, steam pressure is regulated using valves and monitored with steam pressure gauges.
    • The fuel system consists of all equipment used to supply of fuel to generate the necessary heat. The equipment required in the fuel system depends on the type of fuel used in the system.

    Boilers Classification:

    There are a large number of boiler designs, but boilers can be classified according to the following criteria:

    1. According to Relative Passage of water and hot gases:

    • Water Tube Boiler: A boiler in which the water flows through some small tubes which are surrounded by hot combustion gases, e.g., Babcock and Wilcox, Stirling, Benson boilers, etc.
    • Fire-tube Boiler: The hot combustion gases pass through the boiler tubes, which are surrounded by water, e.g., Lancashire, Cochran, locomotive boilers, etc.

    2. According to Water Circulation Arrangement:

    • Natural Circulation: Water circulates in the boiler due to density difference of hot and water, e.g., Babcock and Wilcox boilers, Lancashire boilers, Cochran, locomotive boilers, etc.
    • Forced Circulation: A water pump forces the water along its path, therefore, the steam generation rate increases, Eg: Benson, La Mont, Velox boilers, etc.

    3. According to the Use:

    • Stationary Boiler: These boilers are used for power plants or processes steam in plants.
    • Portable Boiler: These are small units of mobile and are used for temporary uses at the sites.
    • Locomotive: These are specially designed boilers. They produce steam to drive railway engines.
    • Marine Boiler: These are used on ships.

    4. According to Position of the Boilers:

    • Horizontal, inclined or vertical boilers

    5. According to the Position of Furnace

    • Internally fired: The furnace is located inside the shell, e.g., Cochran, Lancashire boilers, etc.
    • Externally fired: The furnace is located outside the boiler shell, e.g., Babcock and Wilcox, Stirling boilers, etc.

    6. According to Pressure of steam generated

    • Low-pressure boiler: a boiler which produces steam at a pressure of 15-20 bar is called a low-pressure boiler. This steam is used for process heating.
    • Medium-pressure boiler: It has a working pressure of steam from 20 bars to 80 bars and is used for power generation or combined use of power generation and process heating.
    • High-pressure boiler: It produces steam at a pressure of more than 80 bars.
    • Sub-critical boiler: If a boiler produces steam at a pressure which is less than the critical pressure, it is called as a subcritical boiler.
    • Supercritical boiler: These boilers provide steam at a pressure greater than the critical pressure. These boilers do not have an evaporator and the water directly flashes into steam, and thus they are called once through boilers.

    7. According to charge in the furnace.

    • Pulverized fuel,
    • Supercharged fuel and
    • Fluidized bed combustion boilers.
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    hello All,

     i am working as a design engineer and i am working on sheet metal structures. i am looking at the calculations to decide on the thickness of sheet metal to carry a particular load.

    i calculated the sectional modulus of the design based on the cross sectional area of sheet metal and it is well within the sectional modulus of material. I would like to know werher the approach is right or are there other calculations which i should do before deciding the thickness?.

    request to suggest on the above

    please find the image below for reference

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  4. Many research and development have been conducted  to meet society needs for safer vehicles. Particularly, occupant protection system such as air bags, developed and introduced in order to reduce occupant injuries in crashes, are currently installed in most vehicles making significant contribution to safety.

     

    Meanwhile, many studies have been made into the development of active safety technologies that help to avoid crash accidents. Unfortunately the current situation is that the active safety technologies are not sufficient spread. Adaptive cruise control has been commercialized since 1995, but its primary use has not been convincing.Some audible warning system  are also being offered, but have not yet reached widespread use.

     

    Toyota Motors corporation has explored the possibility of producing an active safety system employing Intelligent Transport System (ITS) technologies,through participation in the Advanced Safety Vehicle (ASV) projects started in 1991 and led by ministry of land , infrastructure and transport.

     

    Critical basis ITS technologies for application to ASV includes a surround monitoring sensor and an obstacle determination algorithm which combines information from the surround monitoring sensor with other information to identify obstacles with which the vehicle is likely to actually crash.

     

    The sensors and crash determination algorithm for an active safety system should be capable of reliably determining that  a crash will not occur in non-crash situation. Advanced technologies are required to make these predictions and judgments correctly while also taking into account the driver's operation and behavior and this has hampered widespread of active safety systems.

     

    Pre-crash safety system has been developed which operates only when it is judged that a crash cannot be avoided by most drivers under normal driving conditions. Determining unavoidable crashes is restricted to a short time period immediately before the crash so as to improve the reliability of the judgement. In addition the pre-crash system is made with a mechanism and system that will not place the driver and the running vehicle in an unsafe condition even if the system is operated unnecessarily. As a result the world's first commercial system has been achieved.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  5.     Mechanics Corner
        A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD
        © Machinery Dynamics Research, 2017


    Last Post
    Time to Hang It Up

       
    This will be the final post of Mechanics Corner here on Mechanical Engineering Forums. It has run almost exactly two years, and there have been ups and downs along the way. In this final post, I want to reflect a bit on my original goals for the blog, and also on what has actually happened.

    When our host first proposed to me that I might write a blog for ME Forums, I was excited about it. About half of my career had been spent in engineering education, and I always loved working with students. It seemed like a way to get back to something that I had long enjoyed, and so I accepted his suggestion.

    A long time ago, back when I was about 14 or 15 years old, in Junior High School, my shop teacher mentioned, in an off-hand way in class, that various curves could be described mathematically. I’d never heard that before, but I thought immediately, “This has interesting possibilities.” Moving ahead a few years, I discovered that I wanted to study and build my career around was the area known as Applied Mechanics, although it was a time before I first heard that term. In my freshman physics class, I discovered the laws of motion, and thought to myself, “This is great stuff! I can use math to describe how things move!” All of that happened back in the 1950s, and I’m still doing the same thing today (some might say I am in a rut!).

    As a teacher, I taught mostly undergraduate engineering courses, although I taught my share of graduate courses as well. It was the undergraduate courses that I liked most, because I firmly believe that the economy of a nation is strongly dependent on the quality of the baccalaureate level engineers produced in that nation. Engineers with graduate degrees are valuable as well, but the vast majority of the national engineering workload falls to BS level engineers.    Thus, I envisioned Mechanics Corner as a sort of continuation of the several undergraduate courses I most enjoyed teaching — kinematics, dynamics of machines, vibrations, and mechanics of materials. For the most part, I have stuck to the plan, so that most of the technical posts I have made have dealt with problems that I considered suitable for undergraduate engineering students, say perhaps, junior level. I have posted a few topics from my industrial experience, but those have been situations that baccalaureate level engineers would be expected to handle.

    Now I knew it would not be exactly like continuing to teach my classes. In particular, you would not have any homework or tests, and I would not have any grading to do – a win-win, or so I thought. I did hope, that even with no assigned homework, readers would take an interest in the problems discussed, even to the point of working through the details for themselves (I was terribly naive, apparently!). I knew from my own experience that the only way I ever really learned a new idea was to get in and work with it, work some problems, make some numbers, plot some curves, until I really understood what it was all about. I’ll venture to say that nobody ever learned any technical material simply by reading only.

    In actual fact, in the early days, I had one or two folks say that they would in fact work through the problems, so I was encouraged. What I was not prepared for, however, was the fact that the vast majority never seemed to even read very carefully, much less work through the problems! The questions that have come, and there have been a few, have largely been about matters totally unrelated to the posts. The most common question has been, “Suggest a topic for my final project,” which relates to not a single post. Needless to say, that aspect of my vision was totally unfulfilled.

    But there is another side. I ventured to write a few “philosophical” articles, items dealing with academic integrity and cheating, with how to ask for help, with how to write a report or a paper, and various other matters. I really thought all of this would be considered obvious and trivial, so I was completely unprepared for the excitement that some of these articles generated. There were, in some cases, many, many comments, and people seemed to really be interested. I’m left to wonder: why? Are these ideas foreign to the culture of India and SE Asia? Are these things not all taught at home and in the public schools? I don’t know, but there was a lot of interest in these matters.

    But Mechanics Corner was intended to be primarily a technical blog, and there, it just did not excite the interest of the readership. As time passed, there was less and less interest. First, the comments dropped off to just about zero, and later, there were fewer and fewer who even bothered to “like” the articles. Finally, the number of reads has dropped to almost nothing (there may be no one left to read this final note). Well, there could hardly be any more clear indication that it is time to stop.

    I asked for opinions about this from some of the administrators, and was told that the blog was just over the heads of the readership. That makes me sad; that was never the intent. If it is true, I do not see how engineering has a very bright future among this readership. Even so, I wish all of you the best for your careers. I hope that you are able to find rewarding and beneficial work in which you will be happy and make a real contribution to your societies.

    To use an old cowboy metaphor perhaps familiar to many of you from Bollywood, “It is time to hang up the bridle and saddle, and say, ‘Adios’ (Adios is literally, “to God”).

     

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  6. Hydraulic cylinders haven’t really changed a lot over the years. The manufacturing processes are much more streamlined and the tolerances are much tighter, but for the most part cylinders are still the hard working push/pull tools they have always been. These things have literally shaped the world around us. Anything that gets lifted, pushed, hauled, dumped, dug, crushed, drilled or graded has gotten that way by some truck, crane, dozer or tractor using a hydraulic cylinder. But how do hydraulic cylinders work?
    The amazing amount of force a cylinder exerts is due to the simple mechanical principle of pressure exerted on the surface area of the
    piston . Simply put, the larger the diameter of the cylinder, the more it will lift. 

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  7. I get great satisfaction when working with my hands. When I do so I always ask why the item I am working on is as it is. One source of frustration I believe many have experienced it the lack of tool access. Sometimes n-1 fasteners are a breeze to access and the nth takes more time to remove than all the other combined.

    I don’t recall from my machine design class ever addressing this real world situation. I learned how to size bolts, bearings, and cross-sections but I don’t recall any mention of tool access. I learned there existed standards for tool access when I entered industry. In the auto industry one thing you tried to avoid was the need for special tool kits. These were not cheap and every automobile dealer and repair shop needs to purchase the special kits if they intend to make the particular repair. As much as this was avoided 30 years ago (and I assume still today) these special kits existed.

    While working in a different industry we were cleaning up a lab area. I came across an Allen Wrench (hex key) that did not make the usual 90 degree bend. It brought to mind the special kits I mentioned above. It had been modified to have a second bend nearly 90 degrees. I taped it to the wall in the design department with the following note. Do Not Design Anything That Needs a Tool Like This!

    There are reasons a lack of tool access happens. Parts designed for one application may have been created with adequate access. The same item is later used on a different application and the surrounding space is already accounted for. But there are cases where there simply is not enough thought applied or too many bean counters controlling the design function.

    As the Wyoming winter approaches there are things that need attention. Today two of those frustrations had to be addressed.

    I have a generator for times when power goes out and an ATV (all terrain vehicles) for snow removal. Both have batteries for starting. Battery removal is more difficult than it should be for both.The generator can be manually started but if needed when it is -20F (-29C) that can be quite an effort.

    For the ATV the battery is held in place with two screws and a padded flat metal bar across the width of the battery. This is an (n-1) example. One of the two screws has plenty of access and the other is under a plastic housing. What would make it more user friendly (for those who buy the products) would be to make the end of the retaining bar that is under the plastic housing, slip into a slot of some kind. The other end which is very accessible would use the one screw. This would eliminate one fastener, eliminate the captured nut or tapped hole (can’t see what is there) and make battery removal so much easier for little or no cost.

    My solution which could easily be incorporated at the factory was to cut a slot on the end of the bar with poor tool access. Doing so eliminated the need to remove the hidden fastener. Just loosen enough to slip the retaining bar out then back in. You can rotate the retainer but it must pass over the positive terminal and the bar is grounded to the frame. Better to remove it. 

    For the generator I speculate this is the multi application issue. The same design is sold with and without battery start. These options don’t come cheap and if as in the auto industry, have a handsome margin. So why punish the big spenders?

    The panel with all the outlets is welded to the frame. The panel extends quite a distance down to provide a billboard for the power rating. Behind the immovable plate lies the battery. Accessing the battery retainers and cables would be simple if the lower portion of the plate was either detachable or eliminated. Since I don’t transport the generator I leave the retainers off. Access to the cables is still more difficult than it need be.

    So for those who have not yet entered industry let these two examples provide food for thought when you are designing equipment. Many small improvements can be incorporated for little or no cost prior to production release of the design.

    Those about to enter industry seek out the senior engineers and ask for the standards books. Spend some time, even your own time, skimming through the manuals. They contain thousands of man-years of experience. Also spend time in the manufacturing and service facilities if possible. These efforts will provide an insight to what is not taught in class.

    Photo 1 Is a top down view of the battery retainer. 

    Photo 2 You can see the hidden fastener and the modification to the retainer.

    Photo 3 Is the generator. The bottom half of the battery can be seen.

    Photo 4 Is the side view of the battery.

    Photo 5 Shows the bottom half of the battery more clearly than photo 3.

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  8. .This is a lecture video I had given, for introduction and basics of this topic. I hope this will work out well with young undergrads and seniors can brush up too.

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    Seminars have always been an important aspect of education. It's an opportunity to either gain knowledge on an unknown topic or develop ideas regarding something you already know.It's a place where you meet highly skilled persons and get to know their recent researches.You should attend at least a couple of seminars annually to keep yourself updated about the advancements taking place in your field. I've seen many people who keep avoiding seminars, although interested, just because they have never attended a seminar before. If this is your case, then I've only one thing to say "There's always a first time." Until and unless you attend a seminar, how can you overcome the fright?

     

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    Attending a seminar for the first time does not mean that you'll feel low or less confident than others. Here are a few tips that can make you seminar-ready. Here are a few tips that can help you get through a seminar and actually learn from it.

     

    1. Know the Topic

    Usually there are no prerequisites to attend a seminar but ideally you should know something about the seminar you're going to attend.First know the topic, yes the topic. I've seen a lot of people coming for a seminar and asking what the topic is! Know the meaning of each term related to the topic, like definitions, some dates, names of some important people in that field, etc. If you still have some time and energy left, know who the speaker is and his background. You can look for his area of study, some research works, etc. So now that you know what you need to know, I'll suggest you some ways by which you can know it.( I just hope I didn't confuse you. Oops, I did! )

    Now-a-days you can literally find everything on the web,sometimes even the details you need about the speaker from his research works. Now that you have the basic knowledge of the topic, you can consult the faculties if you feel like. You can find lot of details online but only after talking to the profs you get to know which information is relevant for the seminar you're going to attend.Knowing more never goes in vain, but off course you wouldn't like to clog your mind with so many points. If you feel it hard to remember all the points, you can make short notes and take it with you to the seminar. Just make sure your focus is on the speaker as soon as the seminar starts and not on these notes.

      

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    2. A proper attire

    it's never mandatory to wear formals for attending a seminar but avoid fancy dresses. Remember you're in the professional world, dress up like that. If you like make-ups go for it, but keep it light and simple. Just make sure you're comfortable with your look. In most of the cases, dressing up properly makes people feel confident.

     

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      3. Non-verbal communication

    People can communicate a lot of things even without uttering a single word, through their body gestures, eye movement, etc. ere lies the importance of non-verbal communication. You can put a smile on you face just to show that you're there to learn and not to oppose the idea the speaker is going to present. Nodding your head sometimes during the speech can also communicate a lot about you. It means you're listening and understanding the topic as well.

     

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      4. Be attentive

    It's not important to understand each and every part of the speech but at least you should get the essence of the speech. Just remember that the seminars are designed to provide you with a usable content on a variety of relevant subjects and keep you updated with the latest advancements in your field. So, try to gain as much knowledge as possible.

     

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      5. Asking Questions

    It's the best way to get you ideas about the topic reviewed by an experienced person, you'll get to know if you're on the right track. Speakers also encourage questions and it's a way of learning on their part too. But whenever you ask a question, make sure you know exactly what you need to know clearly. Frame the question in your mind first, you certainly don't want to stumble while asking.
    At this moment, I certainly don't want to demotivate you, just remember that silence is better than asking "silly questions".

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    So the next time you're going for a seminar, you already now what to do and how to do!

     

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                       Happy "Seminar-ing" !

     

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    What is a BUE?

    BUEs are built-up edges formed due to the accumulation of work-piece material against the rake face of the tool.
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    How are BUE formed?

    During machining, the upper layer of the work-piece metal experiences a large shear force as it comes in contact with the tool-tip and an amount of the metal gets welded to the tool-tip. This is due to work hardening of the metal layer. The metal adhered to the tool becomes so hard that it is difficult to remove.

     

      Why are BUE formed?

    BUE formation is common under a few conditions which are :
    1. Low cutting speed 
    2. Work hardeneability of work piece material
    3. High feed rate
    4. Low rake angle
    5. Lack of cutting fluid
    6. Large depth of cut

    In which materials is it observed easily?

     
    BUE formation is usually noticed in alloys such as Steel rather in pure metals.It is also observed in soft materials like soft pure Alumunium, hot rolled low carbon steel.

    What are the effects of BUE?

    There are a few basic effects caused by the BUE formation like :
    • Change in tool geometry
    • Change in rake steepness
    • Reduction in contact area between the chip and the cutting tool.

    What are the advantages of BUE?

    BUE formation can have a few advantages on the cutting tool and ease of machining like :
    • Slight increase in tool life
    • Reduction in power demand.

    What are the disadvantages of BUE?

    The count of disadvantages is actually more than the advantages it has on the machining process.
    • Poor surface finish 
    • Problems in dimensional control of the process
    • Leads to flank wear (damaging the flank face) 

      

     

    How can the BUE formation be prevented?

     BUE formation is a common machining problem but there's a soluion to every problem.Here are a few prevention steps to reduce BUE formation
    • Increasing cutting speed
    • Use of cemented carbide tool in place of HSS tool
    • Introduction of free machining materials ( loaded or resulphurized steel)
    • Application of an appropriate lubricant at low cutting speed

     

    P.S. - Suggestions are always welcomed.

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    When two links (or elements) in a machine are in contact with each other, they form a pair. When the relative motion between these two links is completely or partially constrained, then the links are said to form a kinematic pair.
    In simple words, a kinematic pair or simply a pair is a joint of two links having relative motion between them. 
     

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    Kinematic pairs can be classified on the basis of:

     

    1) Nature of contact between the pairing elements 


    (a) Lower pair – surface or area contact between the members of the pair


    There are 6 types of lower pairs


    I. Revolute pair (R)
    II. Prismatic pair (P)
    III. Screw or helix pair (H)
    IV. Cylindrical pair (C)
    V. Spherical or globular pair (G)
    VI. Planar pair or Ebony (E)  

     
     

    Types of Lower pair

     
     
     
     
     

    (b) Higher pair – point or line contact between the members of the pair 
    Examples of line contact  
    I. Tooth gears 
    II. Ball and roller bearings 
    III. Wheel rolling on a surface    

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    Examples of point contact  
    I. Cam and follower pair      

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    (c) Wrapping pair – similar to higher pair, but there are multiple point contacts, one body wraps over the other, comprises of belts, chains, etc.

    Examples – A belt driven pulley      

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    2) Nature of mechanical constraint 


    (a) Form or Self closed pair – the contact between the two bodies is maintained by geometric form
    Examples – Screw pair (lower pair)    

     

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    (b) Forced closed pair – the contact between the two bodies is maintained by application of external force
    Examples – Ball and roller bearings       

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    (c) Open pair – links are not help together mechanically, contact due to the force gravity or some spring action.
    Examples – Cam and follower pair
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    3) Nature of relative motion of one link to the other in the pair 


    (a) Sliding pair – sliding motion
    Examples – Rectangular rod in a rectangular hole in a prism  

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    (b) Turning pair – turning or revolving motion
    Examples – Circular shaft revolving inside a bearing  

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    (c) Rolling pair – rolling motion
    Examples – Ball and roller bearings    

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    (d) Screw or Helical pair – both turning and sliding motion
    Examples – Lead screw and nut of a lathe  

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    (e) Spherical pair – one link is in the form of a sphere and can turn inside a fixed link
    Examples – Ball and socket joint

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    P.S. ~ Suggestions are always welcomed.
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    Turbines are machines which convert fluid energy to mechanical energy. When the fluid used is water, they are called hydraulic turbines. 
    Hydraulic turbines may be classified on the basis of four characteristics :
     
     
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    • On the basis of the type of energy at the turbine inlet
    Impulse turbine
    • total head of the incoming fluid is converted in to a large velocity head at the exit of the supply nozzle ( entire available energy of the water is converted in to kinetic energy.)
    • water entering the runner of a reaction turbine has only kinetic energy
    • the rotation of runner or rotor (rotating part of the turbine) is due to impulse action
    • Flow regulation is possible without loss
    • Unit is installed above the tailrace
    • Casing has no hydraulic function to perform, because the jet is unconfined and is at atmospheric pressure. Thus, casing serves only to prevent splashing of water.
    • It is not essential that the wheel should run full and air has free access to the buckets.

    eg - Pelton wheel turbine ( efficient with a large head and lower flow rate.)

     
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    Reaction or Pressure turbine
    • the penstock pipe feeds water to a row of fixed blades through casing that convert a part of the pressure energy into kinetic energy before water enters the runner
    • water entering the runner of a reaction turbine has both pressure energy and kinetic energy
    • the rotation of runner or rotor (rotating part of the turbine) is partly due to impulse action and partly due to change in pressure over the runner blades
    • Water leaving the turbine is still left with some energy (pressure energy and kinetic energy) 
    • It is not possible to regulate the flow without loss
    • Unit is entirely submerged in water below the tailrace
    • Casing is absolutely necessary, because the pressure at inlet to the turbine is much higher than the pressure at outlet. Unit has to be sealed from atmospheric pressure.
    • Water completely fills the vane passage.

     eg - Francis and Kaplan turbines ( efficient with medium to low heads and high flow rates )

     
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    • On the basis of the direction of flow through the runner
    Tangential flow turbine
     

    Direction of flow is along the tangent of the runner

     eg - Pelton wheel turbine.

     
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    Radial flow turbine
     

    Direction of flow is in radial direction

    • radially inwards or centripetal type, eg- old Francis turbine
    • radially outwards or centrifugal type, eg -Fourneyron turbine
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    Axial flow turbine
     
    • Direction of flow is parallel to that of the axis of rotation of the runner
    • the shaft of the turbine is vertical, lower end of the shaft is made larger which is known as hub (acts as runner)

     

    eg - Propeller turbine ( vanes are fixed to the hub and they are not adjustable )

           Kaplan turbine (vanes on hub are adjustable )

     

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    Mixed flow turbine
     
    • Water flows through the runner in the radial direction but leaves in a direction parallel to the axis of rotation of the runner

     eg- Modern Francis turbine.

     
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    • On the basis of the head at the turbine inlet

    High head turbine

    • net head varies from 150m to 2000m or even more
    • small quantity of water required

    eg -: Pelton wheel turbine.

     

    Medium head turbine

    • net head varies from 30m to 150m
    • moderate quantity of water required

    eg -: Francis turbine.

    Low head turbine

    • net head less than 30m
    • large quantity of water required

    eg -: Kaplan turbine.

     
    • On the basis of the  specific speed of the turbine

    Before getting into this type, one should know what the specific speed of a turbine is. It defined as, the speed of a geometrically similar turbine that would develop unit power when working under a unit head (1m head).


     

    Low specific speed turbine

    • specific speed is less than 50. (varying from 10 to 35 for single jet and up to 50 for double jet ) 

    eg -: Pelton wheel turbine.


     

    Medium specific speed turbine

    • specific speed varies from 50 to 250

    eg -: Francis turbine


     

    High specific speed turbine

    • specific speed more than 250

    eg -: Kaplan turbine

       
     
    References :

    1. Course contents on NPTEL website

    2. A textbook of Fluid Mechanics and HydraulicMachines - R.K. Bansal

    3. Fluid Mechanics: Including Hydraulic Machines - A.K. Jain

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  10. good morning
    
    Someone could tell me what the name of this mechanism or how can I find a way to design it.
    
    It is a shaft that moves in a straight line vertically and along the way makes a 180 ° worst shaft never leaves his line of action .
    
    
    these links you can see the operation of the mechanism 
    

     

     

    Thank you

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    Hi guys, can someone here help me to understand this better, explain in a teoretical way to understand Chvorinov's Rule and Bernoulli`s equation?

    Not just in a simple way, but deeper, can someone here do that, or knows how?

     

    Thanks in advance!!!!

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