A Short Handbook of Heat Treatment – Kamenichny — Mir Books

In this post, we will see A Short Handbook Of Heat Treatment by I. Kamenichny . About the book The present hand book aims at giving the operating personnel of heat-treatment shops a reference book which would serve to overcome difficulties arising in everyday practice. The handbook describes heat-treatment charts, heat-treatment procedures for tools, parts […]A … Continue reading A Short Handbook of Heat Treatment – Kamenichny — Mir Books

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The Dymo Embossing Labeller: A Vulcan Office Technology

In a company that maintained some kind of office for more than a century, Vulcan used many office technology that would be considered "legacy" today. In this case we'll consider one: the Dymo Embossing Labeller, in this case a Mark VI (M-6.) https://youtu.be/pZ0Gr8IZrAI It's shown in the context of the Fluid Mechanics Laboratory at UTC, … Continue reading The Dymo Embossing Labeller: A Vulcan Office Technology

Vector Statics and “Old Coot” Statics: An Example

One thing that I bring up over and over again in my Soil Mechanics and Foundations courses is "static equilibrium," the summation of forces and moments for a given foundation. That's a good thing, because civil engineers are deeply disturbed when what they design moves and generally freak out when that happens. However, the usual … Continue reading Vector Statics and “Old Coot” Statics: An Example

Those Pesky Kilogram-Force Units

Generally speaking, engineers educated in the U.S. must be educated in two units: the U.S. system (the Brits abandoned the Imperial system long ago) and the S.I. system, commonly called the "metric system." I say commonly because they're not really the same; countries that have been using the system the French came up with it … Continue reading Those Pesky Kilogram-Force Units

Raymond 60X Hammer

Raymond Concrete Pile Company (later Raymond International) was in its day the greatest pile driving organisation in the world. It either developed or perfected many of the techniques which are standard for designing and installing driven piles today. The most significant of these was the wave equation, the brainchild of Raymond's chief mechanical engineer, E.A.L. … Continue reading Raymond 60X Hammer

The Final Flight of an Influential Airline — Transportation History

December 4, 1991 On the same day that Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) officially came to an end and halted its longtime operations, that airline’s final flight took place. Captain Mark Pyle piloted the airplane Clipper Goodwill, a Pan Am Boeing 727-221ADV, for Flight 436 between the cities of Bridgetown, Barbados, and Miami, Florida. […]The … Continue reading The Final Flight of an Influential Airline — Transportation History

Sixty Years of Vulcan in Chattanooga

In the midst of all that's going on these days, one anniversary (for this site at least) doesn't need to pass unmentioned: this month sixty years ago, Vulcan moved its operation from Chicago to Chattanooga, after 108 years in the "Windy City." Everything around the operation went according to plan, from the plant construction to … Continue reading Sixty Years of Vulcan in Chattanooga

Colonnades Beach Hotel

One of the pleasures of having an office in West Palm Beach was the ability to take in the pleasures of a resort area like South Florida. One of those more pleasurable places was the Colonnades Beach Hotel on Singer Island; the photo above of the entrance dates from October 1966. I'm not sure how … Continue reading Colonnades Beach Hotel

China’s Historic Houston Consulate Gets the Boot, Goes Up in Flames

In the midst of the souring relationship between the two countries: Beijing vowed to retaliate after it said that the United States ordered its Houston consulate to be closed within 72 hours, calling it an “outrageous and unjustified move,” marking a serious escalation in the quickly deteriorating relationship between the U.S. and China... The announcement … Continue reading China’s Historic Houston Consulate Gets the Boot, Goes Up in Flames

Chabahar: a Vulcan “Almost” Becomes a Point of Contention with the Suez Canal

The Iranians want to bypass the Suez Canal using their port at Chabahar: The Iranian Chabahar Free Trade Zone Organization announced July 5 that trade connections to Mumbai, Hamburg and St. Petersburg will be made through Astrakhan (in Russia), Anzali and Chabahar (in Iran) and Nhava Sheva (in India) instead of the Suez Canal. This raises questions … Continue reading Chabahar: a Vulcan “Almost” Becomes a Point of Contention with the Suez Canal