January 2014 programs

02 Jan

The January 6, 2014 meeting is cancelled

due to portending inclement weather.


January 13, 2014 we will have a presentation by historian, Ray Smith “Stories from the Secret City”

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will consist of an overview of early Oak Ridge history including stories of how the East Tennessee location was selected and the predictions of the “Prophet of Oak Ridge.” Many Ed Westcott

historical images will form the basis of the visuals and be the backdrop for the stories of the history of Oak Ridge during the Manhattan Project. There will be mention of the Cold War era and today’s Oak Ridge missions.

A primary focus will be on the Y-12 National Security Complex but with some Oak Ridge National Laboratory history included as well. The nonproliferation efforts which are joint efforts of ORNL and Y-12 will be featured, time permitting.
With 43 years of experience at the Y-12 National Security Complex, Ray has developed an extensive understanding and appreciation of the heritage of Y-12’s history. Having served for 16 years in ever increasing levels of management responsibility, he has learned all the buildings on the site and their history. He has co-produced the award-winning and highly acclaimed Secret City DVD set that has become the definitive history of Oak Ridge.

January 20 no meeting ( Martin Luther King holiday)

January 27 Gary Golden will be the speaker. The title of his presentation will be “Steam Turbine and Generator Damage Mechanisms.”(PDH)

Will the steam turbines we rely on for our electricity need repair or even replacement in the near future? Can steam turbine generator life be extended for infrastructure needs or a retrofit? The discussion will be on steam path failure mechanisms such as stress corrosion cracking, corrosion, fatigue, erosion and creep. Since 90% of electric power production uses steam turbines, the failure mechanism becomes critical in the maintenance and life cycle. The types of damage along with prevention and detection will be presented.

Gary Golden has his own energy consulting practice. He was formerly with EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) Generation and Nuclear Sectors specializing in Steam Turbines, Generators and Auxiliaries. He was the Technical Manager of Solar Augmented Steam Cycle Projects for retrofitting existing fossil fuel plants with Thermal Solar technology. Prior to joining EPRI he was a design engineer. His engineering background includes designing and testing power plants all over the world. Gary has served on the executive committee of the ASME Power Division as well as on their Turbine Generators and Auxiliaries committee and International Relations committee. He has been an officer for the ASME Oak Ridge, TN Section and has participated with Performance Test Code committees writing codes. Mr. Golden teaches courses on steam turbines generators and auxiliaries yearly for ASME. He has an ME degree from The University of Missouri.

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