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Meet Shubhra Gangopadhyay – University of Missouri College of Engineering

Sometimes, before you can think big, you have to think small. After all, you can’t tackle the big problems without interacting with the microscopic molecules, electrons and atoms that make up our world. Meet Shubhra Gangopadhyay, professor, researcher and inventor of teeny-tiny technologies. Gangopadhyay has built a career around detecting and interacting with nanoparticles. Today, she is C.W. LaPierre Endowed Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Co-Director of the Center for Nano/Micro Systems and…

New highly radioactive particles found in Fukushima — ScienceDaily

The 10 year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident occurs in March. Work just published in the Journal ‘Science of the Total Environment’ documents new, large (> 300 micrometers), highly radioactive particles that were released from one of the damaged Fukushima reactors. Particles containing radioactive cesium (134+137Cs) were released from the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) during the 2011 nuclear disaster. Small (micrometer-sized) particles (known as CsMPs) were widely distributed, reaching as far as…

The Age of Zero-Emissions Heavy-Duty Trucks Begins

What you’ll learn: Over the next year, the number of different zero-emissions freight vehicles will increase significantly. What manufacturers are investing in all-electric trucks? Which truck makers are working on fuel-cell-powered vehicles? About 3.7 million heavy-duty trucks are in use in the U.S., shipping goods across the country. They’re usually powered by diesel engines that are noisy and emit pollution. According to IDTechEx, despite representing only 9% of the global vehicle stock, these large diesel truck engines represent 39% of…

Exploring unknown environments with ultrasound

Credit: Bart van Overbeeke Many underground liquid-filled environments are difficult to access for humans—think of deep underground oil wells or water distribution systems. Even with modern cutting-edge technologies, it is difficult to map these areas. The PHOENIX project developed a swarm of sensor nodes to explore these unknown environments. Ph.D. candidate Gönenç Berkol worked on ultrasound communication between these nodes, an ingenious way to map the distance and location without the use of GPS. Berkol will defend his thesis on…

Zeroing in on the potential of solar energy to meet industrial process heat demand

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Today, natural gas and coal combustion supply most demand for industrial process heat (IPH), or the transfer of heat to a material within a production process. With the emergence of low-cost solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies, interest has grown in solar as an IPH option and decarbonization pathway for the industrial sector. However, industry’s thin margins and tight production schedules have raised questions about the reliability of on-site solar energy to meet required temperatures in industrial processes.…

Hydrogen gas-fueled airships could spur development in remote communities

Hydrogen gas was banned for use in airships based on misinformation and outright falsehoods 100 years ago. Credit: Piqsels What do tomatoes, hemp and hydrogen gas have in common? Only one thing: they were all victims of misinformation that banned their use. Harmless products that could have had a positive role in the economy and society were shunned for generations. It seems incredible today to think that Europeans believed tomatoes were poisonous for about 200 years. People did get sick,…

Lubricants for Electric Cars and Trucks

As the number of electric and hybrid-electric vehicles increases and their use spreads, it becomes more important for lubrication/tribology firms to explore and develop the lubricants and fluids these vehicles will need. “On an absolute basis, electric vehicles need less lubricants and additives,” says Jeff Hemphill, CTO of Schaeffler Group, an automotive supplier. “But where does the energy get used in electric vehicles compared to conventional ones? Does this make lubrication more important or less important? Where are the points…

The Basics of Lubricating Bearings

Specifying the right lubricants for bearings can be confusing. After all, many types of lubricants exist, and application-specific factors can range from the bearing’s relative positioning of the bearings to the seal type to the ease of relubrication. Operating conditions such as extreme weather, dirty factory environments and heavy loads add another layer of complexity to the decision. Still, it’s critical to get the right match between lubricant and application; getting it wrong can mean the difference between a long…

Resistance Beyond the Four Walls

What you’ll learn: The role of resistors in renewable energy. The applications of resistors out at sea. Resistors are commonplace power components in industrial buildings, but their use isn’t limited to the factory floor. In many industries, resistors play a vital role in the power management of electrical equipment. Resistors are passive electronic components that primarily create resistance to limit the flow of electric current. They also have many other uses, including adjusting signal levels, dividing voltages, and handling unnecessary…

Hang Out Zone #40 “Engineering Practice Experience Sharing”

This is UTM Faculty of Engineering’s Hang Out Zone #40 talk by me titled “Engineering Practice Experience Sharing”. In this talk, I shared in about 1 hour an example of engineering career sharing, which was my own personal experience. The case study of engineering career dwells around my adventure in the (1) oil and gas, and (2) oil and fats industry. It’ difficult to share the experiences in 1 hour, but at least this is something that can be considered…