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September 2019 Meeting of the Technical Society of Knoxville


On September 9, 2019 Dr. Edgar Lara-Curzio, Distinguished scientist and leader of the mechanical properties and mechanics group at ORNL, will be the Technical Society speaker. His presentation title will be “Alternative uses of coal in carbon fiber production”.

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. These properties have made carbon fiber very popular in aerospace, civil engineering, military, and motorsports, along with other competition sports. 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.

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 his resume it is obvious that he has been involved in many unique manufacturing evaluations.

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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Posted by on August 16, 2019 in Meetings

 

August 2019 Meeting of the Technical Society of Knoxville

On August 12, 2019 Dr. Lou Qualls will speak to the Technical Society about the new molten salt reactor. Our nation has a need for baseload electric power and many of the existing nuclear power plants will soon be up for license renewal. It is unlikely that any conventional nuclear power plants will be built in the future. What will be the future of nuclear power?

The Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) has selected Lou Qualls as the national technical director for molten salt reactors . In his new role, Qualls—a nuclear engineer who joined DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1988—will serve as a liaison among the nuclear industry, the national laboratory system and Department of Energy in defining the future of molten salt reactor technology in the United States.

Dr.. Qualls has said “If we are going to replace the current fleet of reactors with new technology, we need to begin focused efforts immediately. The nuclear industry needs to become better at evolving and incorporating new technology and molten salt reactors provide that opportunity.”

future Technical Society programs:

September 9: Dr. Edgar Lara-Curzio, ORNL: Alternative uses of coal in carbon fiber production. 
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: TBA

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2019 in Meetings

 

July 2019 Meeting of the Technical Society of Knoxville

On July 8, 2019 Shafik Iskander, P.E. will discuss” Fracture mechanics analysis of irradiated reactor pressure vessels.” (PDH)

One of the problems in dealing with nuclear fission in a nuclear reactor is the radiation. Radiation is absorbed in the steel reactor vessel and it is not benign. The steel changes! And the cost is substantial if the steel weakens and the reactor has to shut down.

Dr. Iskander has spent a lifetime studying materials and nuclear energy and this is an opportunity to learn about a critical question that is important to everyone from an expert.

His resume is below:

Graduated from Cairo University ,Egypt, with a B.Mech.Eng (1956) and M.Sc. in Material Science (1967). He emigrated to the USA in 1968 and while pursuing a doctoral program in Engineering Mechanics at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was a full-time instuctor.

He received his Ph.D. in 1972, joined Computer Science Division at ORNL, and continued as an Adjunct Professor at UT. He was Group Leader of the Engineering Mechanics Group, and developed computer codes still in use. In 1982 he began a 4-year assignment as Resident Engineer for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) in Stuttgart, Germany. He acted as liaison between USNRC and the nuclear community and traveled to many European countries. On his return from Germany, he joined the Metals & Ceramics Division at ORNL, and traveled to many countries including Russia and Japan. At the request of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iskander traveled twice to Argentina to lecture on reactor pressure vessels. Iskander is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Tennessee and is fluent in German, French and Arabic. After leaving ORNL he founded a consulting firm. 

He has been there!

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2019 in Meetings

 

June 2019 Meeting of the Technical Society of Knoxville

The Technical Society of Knoxville will meet on June 10, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Knoxville. 

The speaker will be Jim D. Froula, Executive-Director Emeritus, TauBetaPi (a national honor society with headquarters in Knoxville). He will describe his “Adventure on the Colorado River” in 2007. Such trips are something few of us can take but all of us can learn from and appreciate.

Jim has had a varied career and varied interests and his perspective on his Colorado River trip will be unique.

He is a mechanical engineer who has worked for the IBM Corporation and the Y-12 nuclear plant. He served in the United States Army and was awarded the bronze star and the army commendation medal.

He finished climbing all the Colorado Fourteeners in 1986 and hiking all the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2018. He has climbed on Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Cotopaxi and Chimborazo in Ecuador and has summited Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens (obviously not on the day it blew up), and Mount Hood. He swims in senior olympic events and lives in Farragut.

Jim served Tau Beta Pi after replacing long time member Bob Nagel.

Future programs:

July 8: Shafik Iskander, P.E., ORNL, ret.: Fracture mechanics analysis of irradiated reactor pressure vessels.



 
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Posted by on May 24, 2019 in Meetings

 

May 2019 Technical Society Meeting

On May 6, 2019 the Technical Society speaker will be Prof. Donald Huisingh, The Institute for a Secure an Sustainable Environment, UTK: Why is there an urgent need to transition to post-fossil carbon societies? Donald Huisingh is the author or co-author of more than 300 publications, including research papers, books and audiovisual productions. He is the founder of the Journal of Cleaner Production and co-founder of The International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Dr. Huisingh put solar panels on his own house many years ago and is a good source of information for anyone contemplating taking advantage of their own roof.

Future programs:

June 10: Jim D. Froula, Secretary Emeritus, TauBetaPi: Adventure on the Colorado River.
July 8: Shafik Iskander, P.E., ORNL, ret.: Fracture mechanics analysis of irradiated reactor pressure vessels.

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2019 in Meetings

 

April 8,2019 Technical Society Meeting Date- error correction

On April 8, 2019 Chet Hunt, Citizen Climate Lobby (CCL) co-chair, Greater Knoxville Chapter, will be the Technical Society meeting speaker. He will speak about the Citizen Climate Lobby and the decade-long effort to introduce a carbon-fee and dividend bill at the federal level.

CCL has a goal of empowering everyday people to work together on climate change solutions. Supporters are organized in more than 400 local chapters across the United States and are together building support in Congress for a national bipartisan solution to climate change.

Chet Hunt is an adjunct professor in business administration, economics and finance. He has held positions of city manager, city planner, and redevelopment director in multiple cities.

Future programs:
May 6: Prof. Donald Huisingh, The Institute for a Secure an Sustainable Environment, UTK: Why is there an urgent need to transition to post-fossil carbon societies? 
June 10: Jim D. Froula, Secretary Emeritus, TauBetaPi: Adventure on the Colorado River.
July 8: Shafik Iskander, P.E., ORNL, ret.: Fracture mechanics analysis of irradiated reactor pressure vessels.

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2019 in Meetings

 

March 2019 Technical Society Meeting

As the global temperature increases and climate changes people will react by moving from one location to another. The implications of populations shifting in the future are significant. Where are people going in the future? This is an opportunity to get a clue.

The Technical Society of Knoxville meeting on March 11, 2019 will have as a speaker Dr.Amy Rose.  She is the Team Lead for Population Distribution and Dynamics in the Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and also serves as the Population and Land Use Theme Lead for the ORNL Urban Dynamics Institute (UDI). Recently she was appointed an ORNL Joint Faculty Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Tennessee. Her work is focused on geocomputational methods to characterize the spatiotemporal and demographic patterns of human populations to inform a variety of applications including urban resiliency, human health and security, and climate change impacts. Dr. Rose is currently the program manager for the LandScan Population Distribution project, and is also focused on developing a global building characterization to support consequence assessment and disaster planning.

Dr. Rose is educated in geography with a masters degree in geography, logistics and transportation from the University of Tennessee and a doctors degree  in geography from the University Tennessee.


 
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Posted by on February 28, 2019 in Meetings

 

February 2019 Technical Society Meeting

February 11, 2019: Professor James Coder, Mechanical, Aerospace & Biomedical Engineering Department, Tickle College of Engineering, UT will be the speaker.He will speak on the future of aerospace and air plane design.(PDH)

A team led by Dr. James Corder from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tickle College of Engineering is one of five selected by NASA as part of an overall investment of nearly $50 million to lead the next aviation revolution.

The goal of UT’s team is to produce much more aerodynamically capable aircraft, with NASA providing what is believed to be the largest NASA award for a UT-led project.

UT’s focus is on redesigning wings around a principle known as laminar airflow, which in simplest terms is the opposite of turbulent airflow. Living creatures have been experimenting with flying for eons and in the process they have learned to fly efficiently. If an airplane could fly in laminar flow- like the birds- the power requirements could be greatly reduced.

Dr. Corder was educated at Penn State University with  PhD, 2014, MS, 2010 and BS, 2008.

This meeting will be the Technical Society of Knoxville annual meeting.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2019 in Meetings

 

January 2019 Technical Society Meeting

Knoxville is preparing to adopt the 2018 editions of the International Code Council construction codes. Historically, the adopted codes have been amended to reflect earlier editions to minimize construction process changes. This adoption will be somewhat different.  On January 14, 2019 James Tente, Building and Plans Review Chief, will be the Technical Society speaker. The title of his presentation will be “Significant Changes to the Knoxville Building and Energy Code.”

Visitors are welcome.

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2019 in Meetings

 

December 2018 Technical Society Meeting

The Technical Society of Knoxville will meet on December 10, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Knoxville. The speaker will be Dr. Sudarsanam Suresh Babu. As you may guess, he was educated in India and the United Kingdom and is now the UT/ORNL Governors chair professor of Advanced Manufacturing, Tickle College of Engineering, UTK. The subject of his talk will be application of computational models for qualification of manufactured components.

If you don’t know about the Governor’s Chairs program it “brings exceptionally accomplished researchers to Tennessee.”

Funded by the state and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the program attracts top researchers to broaden and enhance the unique research partnership that exists between the University of Tennessee—the state’s flagship university—and the nation’s largest multi-program laboratory. The program seeks to hire as many as twenty scientists for existing institutes operated jointly by UT and ORNL in the areas of advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, biological sciences, energy sciences, nuclear security, and urban design.

Dr. Babu is probably the world’s best person to ask about welding dissimilar metals and he is applying computers to manufacturing.

Attending Technical Society programs is an excellent way to keep abreast of changing technology. This program qualifies as a professional development program.(PDH).

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2018 in Meetings