September 2019 Meeting of the Technical Society of Knoxville

16 Aug

On September 9, 2019 at 11:55 at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Knoxville. Dr. Edgar Lara-Curzio, Distinguished Scientist and leader of the Mechanical Properties and Mechanics group at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will be the Technical Society speaker. His presentation title will be “Alternative uses of coal in carbon fiber production”.

Carbon fibers are very popular in aerospace, civil engineering, military, and motorsports, along with other competition sports. Tennis rackets, golf clubs, softball bats, hockey sticks, and archery arrows and bows are all products commonly manufactured with carbon fiber reinforced composites. Lighter weight equipment without compromising strength is a distinct advantage in sports. Carbon fibers have several advantages over other fibers including high stiffness, high tensile strength, low weight, high chemical resistance, high temperature tolerance and low thermal expansion, however, they are relatively expensive when compared with similar fibers, such as glass fibers or plastic fibers, and making them from inexpensive raw materials would be very beneficial (and the coal miners would be appreciative if coal could be used).

Dr. Lara-Curzio leads and manages the scientific and technical operations of a group of 20+ researchers focused on the development and characterization of functional and structural materials for applications in energy and national security.

And looking at a list of his research publications it is obvious that he has been involved with many unique manufacturing evaluations.

He attended CUDEC Multicultural University and Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico for his degree in Engineering physics and he has a PhD degree in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

future Technical Society programs:

October 7: Tom Leonard, General Manager, Sevier County Solid Waste, Inc.: Solid waste recycling.
November 4: John Halliwell will  speak about electric vehicles with focus on the charging infrastructure.
December 9: Jack Dongarra, Prof., Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering, UT: The fastest computers.

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