November 25, 2013
On December 2, 2013, Patrick L. McMahon, P.E., PhD, Project Engineer, S&ME Inc. will speak. His topic will be “Bedload Transport in a Southern Appalachian Ridge and Valley Stream, Support for Stream Restoration Projects.”(PDH)
The proposed presentation will cover data collection and assessment of bedload transport data on a Southern Appalachian Ridge and Valley Stream and include discussion of predictive modeling results using existing bedload transport models.
Published bedload transport data sets for gravel bed rivers in North America have been developed primarily in the mountainous Western regions of the continent. These data sets have been used by researchers to develop and/or test a number of commonly used bedload transport models. By comparison, published bedload transport data sets for streams in the Eastern regions of the continent are few in number and brief in content. The objective of this study was to characterize the bedload transport flux rates in a Southern Appalachian Ridge and Valley stream and the particle size distribution of the bedload material relative to that of the bed surface and bar samples. To meet this objective a continuously monitoring bedload transport station was installed in August of 2010 on Little Turkey Creek in Farragut, Tennessee. The bedload monitoring station includes four Birkbeck-type pit traps, extending perpendicular to flow across the channel bottom in series.
To me ( B0b Scott) stream studies are very interesting in that the engineers can calculate what will happen to sediment in streams. Hans Albert Einstein was the son of Albert Einstein. In 1936 Hans Albert obtained the doctor of technical science degree. His doctoral thesis “Bed Load Transport as a Probability Problem” is considered the definitive work on sediment transport. I (Bob Scott) find it interesting that his father told him bed load transport was too complicated to work on.
December 9, 2013 Ted Lundy will be the speaker. His topic will be ” The Manhattan Project- Part One”.
Ted is very interested in the Manhattan project and he has been in a position to learn about it. The Manhattan Project was and still is unequaled in almost everything about it and it holds a special place in the imagination of all who know about it.
My (Bob Scott, TSK secretary) first supervisor in the DuPont plant in Beaumont Texas , Jim Kalil, described working on the Manhattan Project “you could get anything you wanted. Ask for an electron microscope and they asked if you needed two or three.” It was unique.
Ted Has BS in Engineering Physics and MS and PhD in Metalurgical Engineering- all from the University of Tennessee. He has worked as director of the Center for Manufacturing Research at Tennessee Technological University , the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Ted has also been an elected member of the Knox County Commission.
On December 16, Graham Walford will make a presentation on the Reality House, Energy Balance and the impact of its Living Dynamics. It will deal with the engineering and development of a high efficiency home where the end goals also included air quality, light quality, its ability to encompass the human life cycle – young to old. He will also include the difficulties, successes and failures that resulted in a net positive at the end of the effort. Data will be presented including thermographic studies, multi sensor plots, ground thermal systems, etc.(PDH)
Dr. Walford is a Subject Matter Expert in several demanding radiation measurement fields. These include environmental, high performance counting, accident conditions and Special Nuclear Materials (SNM) in a variety of distributions. Experiences also include detection technology development and the engineering of applicable systems and components.
December 23, 2013 no meeting