Wikipedia article of the day for August 17, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for August 17, 2017 is Hurricane Andrew.
Hurricane Andrew (1992) was an Atlantic hurricane, the most destructive one ever in Florida. Named as a tropical storm on August 17, it hit the northwestern Bahamas six days later at Category 5 strength, leaving 1,700 people homeless, killing four, and disrupting the transport, communications, water, sanitation, agriculture, and fishing sectors. It struck Florida on August 24 with sustained wind speeds as high as 165 mph (270 km/h). In the city of Homestead in Miami-Dade County, it stripped many homes of all but their concrete foundations. Statewide, Andrew destroyed or damaged over 164,000 homes, killed 44 people, and left a record $25 billion in damage. A facility housing Burmese pythons was destroyed, releasing them into the Everglades, where they now number up to 300,000. The hurricane destroyed oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico before hitting Louisiana, where it downed 80% of the trees in the Atchafalaya River Basin, devastated agriculture, and caused 17 deaths. The storm spawned at least 28 tornadoes along the Gulf Coast, mostly in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. In total, Andrew caused $26.5 billion in damage and left 65 people dead.

Wikipedia article of the day for August 17, 2017

Dye Content in Glass-Resin Matrix

Dye Content in Glass-Resin Matrix

I have some experience working with composite, but I'm looking for a second opinion.

The composite is a fiberglass-resin matrix, which is usually dyed different colors. An engineer at another company is telling me that he expects the color to have a significant impact on material strength. This is because for dark colors, less dye has to be mixed into the resin for the finished material to have the desired color (i.e. 1% dye for dark colors, 2% dye for light colors).

I have another colleague that has told me that the difference is insignificant. This makes more intuitive sense to me.

Submitted August 16, 2017 at 02:42PM by Tasteslikeshit
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Dye Content in Glass-Resin Matrix

Ideas for designing ‘below the hook’ lifting at very cold temperatures (-100°F).

Ideas for designing ‘below the hook’ lifting at very cold temperatures (-100°F).

Boss asked me to spec out a lifting hook design for lifting a 36,000 lb hunk of metal at -100°F.

I have found research papers, etc., that seem to give some insight, but I'm really struggling for a 'good answer'. The best idea I have right now is to design it using ASME BTH-1-2014 and keep it really low stressed. This is only to be used twice.

Submitted August 16, 2017 at 12:58PM by yawninglemur
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Ideas for designing ‘below the hook’ lifting at very cold temperatures (-100°F).

Boss wants me to copy old code by hand, reasonable?

Boss wants me to copy old code by hand, reasonable?

I work for a small medical device company as a test engineer. My boss wants me to hand copy labview code from 20 years to a new Windows computer with the latest LabVIEW, while saying it should be easy and if I cannot do it, he needs to find someone that can (fired?).

I looked at the code and it is very complicated (it runs a real time optical measurement setup). I do not think it is reasonable, I told him it was very complicated and we should try to find a software solution, and he said, "I thought you said you had experience with LabVIEW, maybe you need to update your resume to reflect reality."

What do I do? Is this even a reasonable request?

Submitted August 16, 2017 at 12:49PM by grad_woes_sigh
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Boss wants me to copy old code by hand, reasonable?

A vehicle that propels without gasoline nor batteries…need a team of engineers to put it together!

A vehicle that propels without gasoline nor batteries…need a team of engineers to put it together!

This has been in my head for as long as I can think. A vehicle without a combustion engine nor a battery engine that can propel itself at a moderate speed for long distances.

The same concept can be applied to water or air, so light boats or kayaks or hang-gliders that would be able to navigate or takeoff.

It might seem crazy, but I simply need someone that is capable of giving me some calculations in order for me to put it together and assemble its parts to build the prototype.

Is there anyone that can help?

Submitted August 16, 2017 at 11:41AM by INSPADESMAG
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A vehicle that propels without gasoline nor batteries…need a team of engineers to put it together!

What job title makes sense for what I do?

What job title makes sense for what I do?

I'm a mechanical engineer. My current job title is Applications Engineer. We are a smallish company, so my job duties have always really varied.

I have 6 years industry experience. However, over the last year my duties now almost span several departments. My boss, our GM, and the HR manager all agree that given my new duties, a job title change is in order – so they asked me to tell them what I feel is a more appropriate job title.

Some of my major responsibilities:

  • Applications – Responding to customer technical questions; assisting them with selections, pricing and delivery calculations. On top of this, I'm expected to assist with some project management activities on especially complicated projects – making a schedule, coordinating activities across departments, communicating with the customer.
  • Quality – We have a quality manager, but he's responsible for multiple locations. On our site, I take care of all the non-conformance reporting and corrective actions. I also help keep track of improvement projects within the quality system. And I'm one of our internal quality auditors.
  • Design – We do repairs and rebuilds in our service shop. On a project basis, I may need to help design components / modifications to meet a special customer requirement. And I occasionally need to reverse-engineer to produce a drawing for a component that we don't have a drawing available for.

It's a mixed bag of stuff, but I like the variety that comes with each day. I'm tempted to go with Mechanical Engineer; but I fear this is even less appropriate than Applications Engineer.

Any advice?

Submitted August 16, 2017 at 10:07AM by MjrK
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What job title makes sense for what I do?